February 22–24, 2013 | Worldwide on university campuses
The International Women’s Hackathon is a crowdsourcing event to empower young women leaders in computer science. By providing a fun and safe environment in which to explore computing, the hackathon is intended to encourage and support young university women around the world to become producers of future innovations in technology and help solve challenges in the world today.
The event is sponsored by Microsoft Research, National Center for Women & Information Technology, Association for Computing Machinery Committee on Women, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Women in Engineering, Microsoft Imagine Cup, and Skype. We will evaluate this year’s event to learn how we can turn it into into an annual Engineering Week event.
Plan a Women's Hackathon
We encourage young women in computer science, electrical engineering, and informatics—as well as women student groups on universities campuses around the world—to host local hackathons. Feel free to get local hacker spaces, computing communities, developers, and women organizations to help support you. The event is open to women of all skill levels—from those who haven’t programmed at all to the best women programmers out there. Keep it simple; events could be as small as 16 women to as large as hundreds. By hosting an event, you can help inspire women to learn, invent, and create the future.
To help you plan a hackathon, we have assembled the International Women's Hackathon Kit, which provides useful information for event hosts like checklists, suggested schedule, sample menu, activities, and projects. It also includes a customizable poster and email message for you to use to promote your event to university women in your area.
- International Women's Hackathon Kit (PDF, 1.21 MB)
- International Women's Hackathon Official Rules and Regulations (PDF, 280 KB)