Join us on April 25, 2015 for the Women’s Hackathon event at Cal State San Marcos

Code for a cause.
Code with your friends.
Bring your ideas to life!

Come join us on April 25, 2015 at California State University San Marcos to tackle these challenges:
Bone Health for Youth & Water Conservation

Our Platinum Level sponsors are The Gormally Family and Intuit. In addition, the Video in Community project and the Activate Computational Thinking project at CSUSM both contributed their support. The event website is sponsored by anaZanna.

The Women’s Hackathon is designed to inspire young women to explore the unknown and open doors to opportunities in the tech sector. The 12-hour event is open to all female students, ages 16 and older, who will work collaboratively to design a website, game, or mobile app that addresses a selected real world challenge. No prior programming experience is required and registration is free. There may be up to 6 people in a team. Prior to the event, teams can plan, storyboard, and determine what they want to do and how they will go about building their solution. The only caveat is that no programming is allowed until the day of the event. All projects must be submitted to ChallengePost by 5:30 pm. Teams will present their projects to a panel of judges and the whole group. Depending on the final number of teams at the event, each team may have 3 - 5 minutes to present and 1 - 2 minutes to answer questions from the Judge Panel. Projects will be judged in 4 categories: Appropriateness to Theme, User Experience & Functionality, Originality & Impact, and Technical Difficulty.

You’ll work in teams with other women to build something amazing (or at least get it started), pitch your solution, and share it with the world via Challenge Post. Not only will you learn a ton, but you’ll also earn prizes, gain the admiration of family and friends, and you could see your project adopted by 4BoneHealth or Equinox Center.

Participation to the Hackathon is FREE. Register here.

This event is open to participants of all skill levels: those who haven’t programmed at all, those who are programming geniuses, those who have an eye in design and even product management. It will be a great weekend to learn, invent, and create the future. But not only that, you can use your innovative idea! We will give you more information on this as time comes!

Bridging the Gender Gap: We know the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to America’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are vastly underrepresented in these fields. The 2009 US Census reveals that although women fill close to half of all jobs in the country’s economy, they hold less than 25 percent of the STEM jobs. This has been the case throughout the past decade, even as college-educated women have increased their share of the overall workforce. We simply must do more to expose young women to the opportunities in STEM fields.

Check out our Facebook event for regular updates: 
San Diego hackathon


View full rules

Hackathon Sponsors


$498 in prizes

Grand Prize (2)

One Grand Prize winning team will be selected for each challenge. Each member of the winning team will receive a pass to the GeekGirl Tech Conference on June 20, a $169 value.

Originality & Impact (2)

One winning team for this category will be selected for each challenge. Each member of the winning team will receive a gift of $40 value from Qualcomm.

Appropriateness to the Theme (2)

One winning for this category will be selected for each challenge. Each member of the winning team will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

Technical Difficulty (2)

One winning for this category will be selected for each challenge. Each member of the winning team will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

User Experience & Functionality (2)

One winning for this category will be selected for each challenge. Each member of the winning team will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


You are a student who self-identifies as female, at least 16 years of age, and are actively enrolled at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university degrees and involved in activities to support more females in STEM.


Registration for this hackathon is only open to any person who self-identifies as female and attends the hackathon in person. We will only admit people who have registered on this site.

You can work on any idea that that attempts to solve the problems posed by the Disaster Relief Challenge or the Climate Data Challenge.

How to enter

When you’re ready to enter your submission, go to the homepage and click CREATE A SUBMISSION. You can also start this process and save a draft of your submission as you’re working on it.

  • Make sure to include good screenshots.
  • Write a clear, detailed description of your application.
  • Include the link to the prototype demo
  • Include instructions on how to use your app(demo).
  • We recommend not creating presentation slides, but instead focusing all your time on creating a functioning demo.
  • On the submission form, list all your team members by their ChallengePost user name.


Sindhuraa Natarajan

Sindhuraa Natarajan
ViaSat, Inc.

Dan Hendricks

Dan Hendricks
Open Source Maker Labs

yongxin zhang

yongxin zhang

Rob Skebo

Rob Skebo
Federal Government

Dina Moskowitz

Dina Moskowitz

Jyoti Bisarja

Jyoti Bisarja

Judging Criteria

  • Appropriateness to Theme (40 points)
    Full points if the solution addresses the challenge & takes other factors or information into account
  • User Experience & Functionality (20 possible points)
    Full points if the solution intuitive & high depth of functionality
  • Originality & Impact (20 possible points)
    Full points if it is an innovative solution and has large scale impact.
  • Technical difficulty (20 possible points)
    Up to 20 points for a high technical challenge