One of Canada's Largest All-Female Hackathons

Welcome to SheHacks IV, Canada’s largest 24 hour all-women’s hackathon! :computer: On January 11th, 2020, join 300 women across the country to bring your innovative ideas to life at Western University.
SheHacks is one of Canada’s largest All-Women’s Hackathons, hosted by Western University’s Women in Technology Society. Our focus is preparing women to thrive in the technology industry regardless of: gender identity, background, major, or experience.


SheHacks makes technology accessible for all, attracting hundreds of diverse attendees and corporate leaders at the forefront of progress.


Our Mission
We equip women with skills, connections, and inspiration necessary to grow as innovators, minimizing the gender gap from the ground up and leveling the playing field
We strive to support each attendee in working to ideate, build, and pitch their own unique tech solutions. Direct from industry experts and our partnered sponsors, attendees learn skills crucial to the tech sector today such as intro to Python, UX/UI Design, Machine Learning, and more. Delivered through workshops and keynotes, these learnings support the ability of women to break into technology roles. More than just technical skills, our teams leave with genuine industry connections, a fortified sense of community, and inspiration to lead.

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Prizes

$CAD3,553 in prizes

Best Overall Hack

The best overall project will be selected for project difficulty, impact, and novelty. WITS will provide best overall winners with Oculus Go 32GB VR Headsets for each team member.

Ubisoft Hacker's Nest API Prize

Ubisoft will provide a Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch game, backpack w/ USB charging port, water bottle, and metal straw kit to each member of the winning team.

Best Beginner Hack

Awarded to the team which demonstrated the highest level of learning, use of basic skills and overall level of improvement. Each member must be a first time hacker.* Women in Technology Society will provide an Amazon Echo Dot and up to $50 towards any tech conference of the winner's choice (redeemable until September 2021) to each winning team member

Best Hardware Hack

Awarded to the team which demonstrated the best application of advanced hardware skills. Women in Technology Society will provide a DJI Ryze Tello Drone to each winning team member.

Best Design

Awarded to the team which integrates the strongest design principles, UX and UI. Women in Technology Society will provide a 1-Year Sketch license for 1 year to each winning team member.

Best Health Hack

Awarded to the team which demonstrates the best application of technology to address a current and relevant health issue. Women in Technology Society will provide a Fitbit Inspire to each winning team member.

Best FuturFund FinLit Sprint Hack

Design a tech-based solution aimed at improving money management among Canadian youth
aged 16 - 24 years old. FuturFund will provide the new Apple Airpods Pro to each winning team member.

Best App for Financial Literacy for Young Women

Each winning team member will receive Apple Watches.

Best Green Hack

Build a "green" hack, which could extend to money/finance, the environment, sustainability, or simply, the colour. TD will award a $100 gift card to each winning team member.

BMO Perfect Pitch

Awarded to the team which presented the best project pitch. BMO will provide a BMO Swag Bag, a coffee chat with BMO's Director of Early Talent, Lisa Kramer, a Resume and LinkedIn Feedback session with BMO's Senior Technology Recruiter, Kristina Stephan, and a guaranteed interview for one of BMO's campus positions.

Best Blockchain Hack

Awarded to the team which demonstrated the best use of blockchain technology. CryptoChicks will provide a $500 in Bitcoin to share amongst the members of the winning team.

Best Use of Google Cloud (2)

Awarded to the team which demonstrated the best application and use of the Google Cloud Platform. Use any Google Cloud product in your project (Firebase counts!) Google Cloud will provide a Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, Cloud Water Bottle, and Google Nest Mini to each winning team member.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend!

Best UiPath Automation Hack

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!

Best Use of Twilio

Create a hack using Twilio's powerful communications API. Do things like send SMS messages, phone calls, email, and much more in your project. MLH will provide a $50 Amazon gift card to each winning team member.

Bell's Best Well-being Challenge (1st Place) (3)

Technology plays an important role in identifying, understanding and addressing the needs of urban and rural communities to improve physical and mental wellness. For example, we’re all familiar with real-time traffic maps that help commuters plan their route home to
minimize the stress of unexpected, localized delays. Similarly, a weather app on a smartphone can warn of dangerous conditions in areas prone to unstable weather patterns.
Your challenge is to create a technology solution that improves the health or well-being of a community. Although not a requirement, you may identify opportunities to leverage advancements in Smart City or Smart Village technology as part of your solution.

Winners will receive
4 x $200 The Source gift cards
4 x 3-month Crave subscriptions
4 x Experience Day at Bell Campus

Eligibility

All those who have been accepted to participate at SheHacks are eligible to submit a project. Teams can consist of 1-4 members.

Requirements

When submitting your hack, please include a good representation of your work. This could be a link to your code (Github, bitbucket), screenshots of the project or a video walking through how your project works.

Projects must be submitted by 7AM on January 12th, 2020. Make sure to choose the prize categories you want to be judged on. We encourage you to pick multiple prize categories, even if your project is incomplete. This hackathon is focused on being a learning experience; we'd love to see what you've learned!

Judges

Dilesha Stelmach

Dilesha Stelmach
Founder & CEO of Oui STEM Academy

Parshati Patel

Parshati Patel
Research Professor at Western University

Sarah Sun

Sarah Sun
Chief Data Strategist at Goldspot Discoveries Inc.

Nancy Nguyen

Nancy Nguyen
Team Lead of Product Design at Voices.com

Rachel Bartholomew

Rachel Bartholomew
Founder & CEO of HyIvy Health

Elena Sinelnikova

Elena Sinelnikova
Founder & CEO of CryptoChicks

Stephanie Nguyen

Stephanie Nguyen
VP, Product & Design at Flashfood

Judging Criteria

  • Overall Criteria for All Categories - Idea
    How innovative and original is the project?
  • Overall Criteria for All Categories - Impact
    Does the project address a current and relevant issue?
  • Overall Criteria for All Categories - Technical Difficulty
    How challenging is it to implement the elements of the project?
  • Overall Criteria for All Categories - Skills/Tools Used
    Variety of skills used: Languages, APIs, hardware, interfaces
  • Overall Criteria for All Categories - Feasibility
    Does the final product work as it should?
  • Overall Criteria for All Categories - Learning
    Did the team partner with new people and collaborate together? Did the team learn and try something new with the hack? Were they able to work on a different category or platform for the project?
  • Overall Criteria for All Categories - Design
    Is the design intuitive?