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International Women’s Hackathon 2013

February 22–24, 2013 | Worldwide on university campuses

International Women's Hackathon 2013 The International Women’s Hackathon was 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 encouraged and supported young university women around the world to become producers of future innovations in technology and help solve challenges in the world today.

The event was 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.

Women's Hackathon Planning

Young women in computer science, electrical engineering, and informatics—as well as women student groups on universities campuses around the world—were encouraged to host local hackathons. Many of them contacted local hacker spaces, computing communities, developers, and women organizations for support. The event was open to women of all skill levels—from those who haven’t programmed at all to the best women programmers out there. The individual worldwide hackathons helped inspire women to learn, invent, and create the future.

To help hosts plan their hackathon, we 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 use to promote individual events to local university women.