She Hacks – the world’s first female hackathon

Girl Geek Dinners Melbourne will be hosting the world’s first ever female hackathon – She Hacks at Inspire9.

GGDMelb has been running workshops at Inspire9 for the last few years and we are very grateful for their support. We are excited that She Hacks will be held at Inspire9 in Richmond. The Inspire9 co-working community has always welcomed us and it’s a great convenient location right next to the train station.

Imagine what the internet would look like if there were more women building it? Tech companies employ an average of 12.33% women engineers (link). We want to find out what you wish the internet looked like! What do you want to create?

We are very excited to be hosting Melbourne’s first female hackathon and are also working in partnership with One Girl. One Girl is a non-profit organisation that gives women and girls access to education. We want to see a world where women and girls are creating and leading change in their communities. We are asking for all participants to make a $20 donation which will go to One Girl – because EVERY girl on the planet has the right to an education.

The theme for She Hacks is communities and neighbourhoods.

The event runs over two days (you can go home and sleep!). Friday from 6pm – Midnight and Sat from 9am-6pm. Don’t worry if you don’t know anybody, groups will be formed on the Friday night.

There are only 30 spots and we will form 10 teams of 3 on the Friday night which will include a hacker (programmer), hustler (business/marketing) and hipster (designer). You don’t need to be an expert to participate. Beginners are welcome!

We are currently seeking sponsors for food, drinks and prizes – please get in touch.

Melbourne Girl Geek Dinners bring together Girl Geeks from around Melbourne with a common goal of meet, inspire & encourage!

Jes Lowry started noticing Girl Geek Dinners popping up around the world, starting in London. They were happening in places all over the world, but none in Melbourne – none yet. Jes started Melbourne Girl Geek Dinners in 2010. Tammy Butow then joined Jes in 2011 and now heads up GGDMelb as Jes has moved to the USA to work on her startup Key To The Street.

The ask to sponsors is simple – buy dinner and drinks for girl geeks, and give away a piece of co-branded schwag (to extend the lifetime of the event). Invite female speakers in areas of their expertise, from well-known names to the up-and-coming. Encourage networking amongst the girl geeks and recruiting by the sponsoring company. Everyone wins.

The popularity of GGDMELB has been growing rapidly, and in the last 12 months we’ve had 8 dinner workshops. The girl geek community has grown to almost 800 people on our mailing list. We’ve been written about in Time Out Magazine “Girl Geeks throw their eponymous dinners, but also put on talks on subjects as diverse as WordPress blogging, programming, and even social media. This isn’t just for geeks, dorks, and nerds. There are people from all over – marketing, fashion, health, science…”

FAQ

What is a Hackathon? An event in which a people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. You will be working in teams of 3 – a hacker (programmer), hustler (business/marketing) and hipster (designer). You don’t need to be an expert! Beginners are welcome.

Is there a theme for the event? Yes, the theme is ‘Communities & Neighbourhoods’. This can be anything from ‘an app that lets you rank the best food places in the cbd’, ‘an app about upcoming events in Melbourne’ or an ‘app that helps girls learn how to build a website’ etc.

How big are the teams? Teams of 3 should be formed (a hacker, hipster and hustler).

What if I sign-up alone or don’t have a group? Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone attending. Groups will be formed on the Friday night, there will be lots of time to mingle and get to know other attendees.

How much does the Hackathon cost? We are asking for a $20 donation from all participants which will go to One Girl – because EVERY girl on the planet has the right to an education. One Girl is a non-profit organisation that gives women and girls access to education. We want to see a world where women and girls are creating and leading change in their communities. http://www.onegirl.org.au

Will there be coffee and food? We are currently working on finding sponsors!

Who is this aimed at? Women of any age with programming, design, user experience or project management skills. There are limited spaces however, and we will attempt to select the applicants who we feel will get the most benefit out of the event.

I can’t code, can I still attend? Yes! In fact, a well-rounded team of different skill sets might just give you the advantage! (Think Hipster (designer), Hacker (programmer) and Hustler (marketing and business – growth hacker).

What do I need to bring? A working laptop, and a desire to contribute! You must be able to attend both days.

Can men attend? Yes, but as per the GGD guidelines you need to be accompanied by a Girl Geek. Given the limited spaces available, priority will be given to female applicants.

What language can I code in? Anything you desire!

Who owns the code that I write? You do, unless you’re using something that belongs to someone else.

I have an idea, can I pitch it? Yes, we will be having time at the beginning of the event on Friday for those of you that already have an idea you’d like to see come to life. The theme of the event will be ‘Communities and Neighbourhoods’.

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