Hack for Social Justice

Women Who Code Silicon Valley is organizing a hackathon @PayPal in San Jose on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Come hack for social justice!!

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and other refreshments will be provided throughout the event !!

Prizes for top 3 projects will be given out !!

1- Must Register on Eventbrite. (Note: Event is sold out)

2- Read the Rules, Code of Conduct, Judging Criteria...

3- Consider Volunteer Contact Form (individuals) or Sponsor Contact form(Corp.)

4- Schedule of event 

8:30am - 9:30am: Registration &  Networking

9:30am - 10:00am: Welcome & Breakfast 

10:00am - 6:00pm: Hack hack hack! (lunch and dinner and other refreshments served during this time) 

3:30pm - 4:00pm: 30 mins yoga session

6:00pm - 8:30pm: Demo, and judges will select 3 winners

8:30pm: Announce Winners  

5- If you do not have a team already, you can use the 8:30am-9:30am to form a team. Teams of around 5 are ideal. You can also use Devpost and meetup to find teammates.

Women Who Code - Silicon Valley, siliconvalley@womenwhocode.com

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All are welcome, women, men (bring a woman coder/designer/student along!). Coders still in college are encouraged to attend. Individuals must be 18 yrs or older.

12 Hours

As a contestant, your team has to develop your project during the "Hack For Social Justice" event which is a total of 12 hours. The competition kicks off at 9:00AM PST on October 21, 2017 and will end at 9:00PM PST on the same day.

You can, of course, work on the concept for your application before the competition starts, including paper and/or digital mockups of the user interface and database entity diagrams. However, no production assets of any kind can be created until the start of the official competition period illustrated above. This includes "ready to slice" graphic design assets, application code, and code based user stores/test cases. Plan, don't yet start creating!  

After the Coding time is up, you'll be judged on what you've completed. No additional features or bug fixes are allowed after coding times up, or you'll be disqualified.

Teams of One to Five Humans

Teams must be comprised of one and five individuals. No more than five humans are allowed on a team. To be eligible, teams must register together or form during the brief and informal assigned GoTeam period.


Submission should include:   

  1. Name of your hack
  2. Brief 2-3 line description
  3. List of team members and contact info
  4. Link to demo (optional)
  5. Link to github repo (optional)


Cindy Li

Cindy Li
Software Engineer / VMware

Ha Lee

Ha Lee
VP of Engineering / Financial Engines

Karin Golde

Karin Golde
Director of Data Science and Linguistics / Netbase Solutions, Inc.

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    Is the solution novel? Does it solve a problem in a creative or never-seen-before way?
  • Technical Achievement
    Did the participant(s) solve a hard technical problem? Did they get a working demo completed within the allotted time?
  • Impressiveness
    How impressive the project is? Did they complete the project.
  • Impact on Social Good
    Is project related to social justice?