FemmeHacks is a beginner-friendly, collegiate hackathon for women-identifying* individuals in Philly/NY/NJ

FemmeHacks is a beginner-friendly, collegiate hackathon for women-identifying* individuals in Philly/NY/NJ, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's Women in Computer Science. Our goal is to inspire, teach, and empower women in the Philly tech community. We believe that together we can learn, build cool projects, and create a community of technical women* in the field. FemmeHacks offers both beginner and intermediate workshops on Friday in topics like web dev, mobile development, and GitHub (a code collaboration tool). On Saturday, we have all-day hacking with mentoring engineers, side events, swag, and good food.

* we realize "women" is a complicated term. We use * to specifically and intentionally welcome trans and cis women, as well as nonbinary and gender non-conforming folks :). Equality for all, y'all.

Visit femmehacks.io for more information and for registration!

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  • Participants: If you applied to FemmeHacks, received an offer to attend and went on to confirm that you will do so, you are eligible to attend FemmeHacks. If you attended and hacked at FemmeHacks, then you are eligible to make a submission.
  • Teams: up to 4 members per team


Solve a problem, design a cool website, make something completely random!

Your project must function reasonably and able to be demoed in front of an audience. Screenshots and/or a video are allowed as supplements. 


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Sneha Advani
FemmeHacks Director

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Megan Paik
HackerX Head

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Jennifer Jun
Sponsorship Co-Head

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Swetha Subramaniam
Sponsorship Co-Head

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Some of our company mentors!

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just a well-polished API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount? This is the most important criterion that hacks will be judged upon for the general prizes.
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use?