Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

What is SheHacks Boston?


The mission of SheHacks Boston is to...


  • Empower women and femme non-binary individuals in technology to achieve
  • Provide them with opportunities to explore the tech industry in an inspiring, encouraging, and energizing environment
  • Create a community of inclusivity within the tech industry

SheHacks Boston is a 36-hour, student-run hackathon open to all female and non-binary individuals.
Led by women from across Boston's universities, SheHacks is set to be the largest all-female and non-binary hackathon in the world!



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Our Hackers


Anjali Doneria

North Carolina State University

"I want to inspire other women in tech to go out there and experiment regardless of what their level of expertise is in the field."

Gefen Skolnick

Santa Monica College

"I will have a chance to meet potential future co-founders, meet inspirational women, and create a project that will help me grow as a software developer."

Reg Ledesma

University of Maryland, College Park

"As a non-binary student, I am excited to find a space where I can learn to code and explore opportunities in the tech industry."




KEYNOTES


JULIE JOHNSON

CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, ARMORED THINGS

Julie is co-founder, President & Board member of Armored Things, an Internet of Things (IoT) software company that is using Internet of Thing devices to keep large venues, like universities and pro-sports stadiums, safe from hackers and terrorists. Before devoting her life to protecting the internet and saving lives with Armored Things, Julie worked in various positions across trading, investment management, and venture capital. Most recently, Julie worked at Qualcomm, where she was focused on understanding cybersecurity (or the lack thereof) for the Internet of Things. By her peers, Julie is known for her relentless pursuit of goals and personal belief that you can learn any discipline with focus and determination. She has degrees from Univ. of Pennsylvania, Wharton and Harvard Business School.

CYNTHIA BREAZEAL

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, MEDIA ARTS & SCIENCES, MIT
CO-DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR FUTURE STORYTELLING

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab. She is also founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc. She authored the book Designing Sociable Robots, and she has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals and conferences on the topics of Autonomous Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Human Robot Interaction, and Robot Learning. She serves on several editorial boards in the areas of autonomous robots, affective computing, entertainment technology and multi-agent systems. She is also an Overseer at the Museum of Science, Boston. Her research focuses on developing the principles, techniques, and technologies for personal robots that are socially intelligent, interact and communicate with people in human-centric terms, work with humans as peers, and learn from people as an apprentice.

JESSLYN TANNADY

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT, MIT MAN VEHICLE LAB
WELLESLEY COLLEGE STUDENT, 2018
DIRECTOR, WHACK (WELLESLEY HACKS)

Jesslyn Tannady is a senior at Wellesley College double majoring in Computer Science and Media Arts & Sciences. Driven by her exposure to challenging living conditions from living in Indonesia, she contributed to research on massive open online courseware as a means of empowering communities at the Wellesley College Data Analysis and Visualisation Laboratory. She interned as a research engineer at Reality Reflection, a Korea-based virtual reality startup that published VR game Music Inside. Through the MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Jesslyn co-designed and developed a custom augmented reality application for Hololens that will serve as a prototype for navigation tools that will be used by astronauts on Mars.





WHAT TO EXPECT


Join a Community of Technologists

Need someone to watch your computer while you go snag another piece of pizza? At SheHacks Boston, each participant will receive a mentor who will provide tech and moral support!

Learn How to Code

Coding can be hard sometimes, especially when you are trying to teach yourself. At SheHacks Boston, we offer a variety of introductory, intermediate, and advanced workshops for you to learn about the latest technologies in a safe and supportive environment.

Network with Companies

Come learn about job and internship opportunities from representatives from local start-ups, non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies.

Solve Real-World Problems

Join us in exploring how we can use our skills to solve real-world problems through technology.



Sponsors


two sigma logo
google cloud logo


PARTNERS


To learn more about joining as a sponsor or partner, contact Natalie Pienkowska at sponsor@shehacks.io


Frequently Asked Questions

You can register with the form here!
We are accepting application on a rolling basis and also will be accepting walk-ins.
We welcome female and femme non-binary individuals of all skill levels who have a passion for learning more about technology and are 16 years or older.
We welcome beginners and experts alike! There will be plenty of workshops and mentors available to guide you throughout your 36-hour hacking journey.
Thanks to our sponsors, this event will be free for anyone who would like to attend!
Food from Friday night dinner to Sunday morning breakfast will be all on us! That's right: free food!
We all like to plan to pull an all-nighter at a hackathon, but in case you do get tired, we will provide a space for you to sleep.
If you do not already have a team or project for the hackathon, do not worry! We have created a Facebook Group for team matching and we will also have an in person team matching session at our event.
Please bring an ID for admission and a laptop to hack on! We will send out a detailed list of what to pack closer to the hackathon.
We are providing buses from New York and New Jersey to Boston and back. These buses are currently full.
Given the demand from our large volume of hackers, other travel awards are no longer available.
We would love to have you join us as a volunteer or mentor! If you're interested to learn more, you can sign up as a volunteer or read about mentoring here.

The Team

Advertising & CS
Boston University, 2019
She[Innovates]

Fiona Whittington

Director

Computer Science
Match High School, 2019
She[Learns]

Candace Williams

Assistant Director

Computer Science
Northeastern University, 2019
She[Builds]

Sreeya Sai

Head of Sponsorship

Computer Science
MIT, 2020
She[Leads]

Marla Odell

Head of Student Innovation

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Business & CS
Boston University, 2020
She[Creates]

Natalie Pienkowska

Head of Finance

Media
New York University, 2019
She[Shares]

Kendra Levy

Head of Communications

Computer Science
UMASS Boston, 2019
She[Researches]

Ira Ceka

Head of Marketing

Computer Science
Boston University, 2019
She[Hacks]

Helen Zhang

Chief Technologist

Computer Science
Boston University, 2020
She[Creates]

Ramsha Arshad

Head of Resources

Computer Science
Boston University, 2021
She[Builds]

Sarah Greisdorf

Head of Operations

Graphic Design
Boston University, 2021
She[Creates]

Eleanor Schiltz

Design Lead

Computer Science
Boston University, 2020
She[Researches]

Julia Bighetto

Business & IT Lead

Montgomery High School, 2020
She[Tinkers]

Iccha Singh

High School Ambassador

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