#SheHacks: the hackathon for Girl Geeks

#SheHacks is an all-female hackathon, now in its third year. You are invited to learn new skills, test new business ideas and meet new people to build the internet with 😀

Unlike other hackathons you don’t have to pitch to get started. Kicking off on Friday night you will be placed into teams of 3-4 and your ideas will come from those teams. You’ll eat awesome food, spend quality time getting to know other women doing amazing things with technology, and work together to bring something new to life.

So work out whether you’re a hipster (designer), hacker (developer) or a hustler (marketer / business development / subject matter expert / sales) and check out shehacks.com.au for updates!

Australia's first all-female hackathon

We hosted the first ever Australian all-female Hackathon, SheHacks, in March 2014. Since then, SheHacks has always been a sellout event.

For many participants, this is their first foray into a hackathon, while others are serial entrepreneurs. There’s a whole range of talent in the room. Some teams have more business talent, and some teams have less. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, learn something, build something and network with other amazing people in a meaningful way.


previous judges


Sam is Head of Operations at Blackbird Ventures. Prior to joining Blackbird, Sam co-founded a Startmate Company, CapacityHQ, a professional services marketplace, and career-pivoted out of corporate law to lead Product and Strategy teams at SurfStitch.com.


At Trimantium Capital, Bonnie is a Investment Associate responsible for undertaking fundamental investment research on their portfolio of companies and transaction analysis on new investments, acquisitions and divestments. Bonnie is also the Club Secretary of Henley Club.


Eloise Watson has served as an Analyst at Rampersand since June 2015. Prior to joining the firm, she was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.


Anna is CEO & Executive Producer of That Start Up Show – an award-winning online TV series focusing on the fast-growing entrepreneurial boom and the culture that surrounds it. She also founded a Start Up Legal Clinic advising startups on legal issues operating out of Australia’s premier co-working space Hub Melbourne.


With thanks to our incredible 2016 partners:

Email partners@girlgeekacademy.com to become a partner in 2017!

Girl Geeks

Some of our hackers, hustlers and hipsters from previous #SheHacks include:

Lina Chan


I’m a (mostly) self-taught Front-End Developer with an interest in community & education.

Outside of work I help run Female Coders Lab, a study group for women of varied backgrounds and skill levels learning to code.

I also volunteer as a facilitator for iCreate which is a series of workshops created and run by women in Technology at ANZ.…

Queenie Chan

Digital portfolio delivery manager

Queenie is a Digital Portfolio Delivery Manager at ANZ Bank. She is an experienced Senior Manager and Portfolio Delivery manager with more than 12 years of IT consulting / delivery experience. She has predominantly worked in the Banking sector, with 2 years delivery in one of Australia’s largest Transformation Program in the Telecommunication industry. Her delivery experience spans across Australia, the UK and Asia for Digital (Web App & micro services), CRM, Lending Platform and BPM (Business Process Management) solutions.…

Cheng Chua


I’m a second year student at The University of Melbourne, studying Communications and Media studies and IT. I’m interested in front end development and UX/UI Design! 🙂

Jane Crappsley

Digital Manager

Kim Gerty


Michelle Hardi

Digital Designer

Michelle is a Digital Designer at Retail Zoo Pty Ltd. She started my career as a junior multimedia designer and eventually stepped into the world of e-commerce where she developed my UX and UI design skills. Michelle is passionate in solving design problems to create a better product.

Meegan Jia-Good

Event Designer

Meegan is an event professional who predominantly works with corporate organisations to create events that strengthens culture and focuses on specific business outcomes. Her events range from small workshops, product launches, hackathons to large national conferences. Meegan pops up all over Melbourne, joining panels, facilitating workshops and managing creative conferences for some of the coolest people in town.…

Lisy Kane


Lisy Kane is a Melbourne-based games producer. She has worked on internationally released titles Armello (2015) and Hand of Fate (2015) and the unreleased title Push Me Pull You. during her career Lisy has progressed from Associate Producer to Producer on Armello, overseeing the international release across Steam (PC/Mac/Linux), DRM Free and PlayStation 4. Armello has received both national and international acclaim.…

LJ Kenward

Heya, I’m LJ and I am excited to be a recent programming graduate from General Assembly in their Web Development Immersive course. I passionately believe that programming is the future.

Before coming to Melbourne to study Web Development I travelled and worked extensively around the world. I think that the knowledge and experiences I gained from my travels have led me here and to the challenging yet inspiring career path of a Full Stack Web Developer.…

Brianna Laugher

Senior software engineer

Brianna is a senior software developer specialising in Python who loves open source, linguistics and scientific programming. She loves problem solving, testing, and technical work with a BA/community/user-focused component.

Sarah Moran


I’m Sarah Moran, an Australian woman with a love of humans, the internet and a good session of karaoke. I love meeting new people and specialise in giving hugs.

I write here. I’m a bit ranty and foul-mouthed but I am passionate and unapologetic in the right way. Sometimes I also publish my writing on Huffington Post.…

Bron Thulke

Web Developer

I’m a full stack web developer, with a software engineering background. I work with a variety of development stacks but mostly .NET, and I love sharing my knowledge and passion with others!
Out of hours I’m a mum, a gamer and a gadget lover. I also love playing with electronics and have a dream of one day having the time and energy to really sink my teeth into some “making”!…

Amanda Watts

Brand & Digital Designer

Hi, I’m Amanda, Creative Director of Design Junkies and Girl Geek Academy cofounder. Every day I get the privilege of working on exciting projects, pushing pixels and courageous clients to do something new.

Over the last 10 years I have seen my industry go through endless changes and trends – you have to adapt to survive and build value by creating a strong brand.…

brain food

MOST IMPORTANT: What are we eating?

We LOVE great food and say no to beer and pizza at Hackathons – it’s even written in our manifesto! We believe in great food for our events and go out of our way to make sure we are a happy, healthy bunch of girl geeks. This means fruit, quality meals and catering for a range of dietary requirements.

Who is #SheHacks aimed at? Am I invited?

She Hacks is for women of any age with programming, design, user experience, marketing, entrepreneurship or project management skills. The aim is to create diverse teams with a broad range of skills to enable the team to build something together during the event. If that sounds like you – come along!

What do I need to bring?
A working laptop, and a desire to contribute! You must be able to attend both days.
What is your inclusivity policy?
This event intends an inclusive definition of “Girl Geeks” – if you identify yourself as a woman, non-binary, or other gender minority, then you are welcome. In other words, if you feel like a Girl Geek, then #SheHacks is for you!
How big are the teams?

We find that a team of three works best. It’s large enough to have diverse skills (hacker, hustler, hipster) yet small enough to get to know your team members well in a short space of time.

I have an idea, can I pitch it?

Unlike most hackathons, we don’t start the event on Friday with a pitch. For those of you that already have an idea you’d like to see come to life, you need to talk through with your team and see if it’s the best idea for your team to build.

What language can I code in?
Anything you desire!
Who owns the code I write?
You do, unless you’re using something that belongs to someone else.
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 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.



We want to raise the profile of women in technology and encourage more of you to speak, teach and be visible to the women on their way up. We need more role models and yes – you are one!

We invite you to become a member of Girl Geek Academy so we can say: “Here’s what Girl Geeks look like and here is what they do”.

Help us reach 1000 women and let’s continue to create #SheHacks, #SheMakes and #SheMakes_Games and also help us launch new initiatives the Girl Geek way.

We have plenty more up our sleeve and we need your help to make it happen. If you’re up for helping us get to one million girl geeks become a member for $99 today!

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