Spring HackAlong (Instructor Led Hackathon)

Apr 8, 5:00 PM – Apr 13, 6:00 PM

This unique virtual event is designed to offer attendees a project experience that builds skills and expands networks. The event is similar to a hackathon, without the team building and project selection anxiety. This is all completed by your instructor, who will build a team, pick a project, and lead the team through the project.

Beginner LevelProject Based

About this event

Join us for a new Spring Hackalong.  This virtual event offers the excitement and accomplishment (building a live project in 5 days!) of a Hackathon with the support and organization of a GDI class. 

What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is an event in which programmers, graphic designers, content strategists, interface designers, and project managers collaborate intensively on projects.

Or as we like to call it: an event where people work together to find new (sometimes inelegant) solutions to a problem.

What is a GDI Hackalong?

Designed for beginners (or individuals new to hackathons) , This instructor-led class will meet during fixed hours for one week. Class attendees will choose a project and work together with the guidance of an instructor to create that project. Like a Hackathon team, each member will choose a role and have opportunities to contribute based on their skills and interests.

Why you should try it:

  • Project selection anxiety is removed, with the instructor pre-selecting topics and projects
  • Hands-on learning: everyone will build and contribute
  • Meet great people: Build your network and have fun working with a team
  • Be competitive: We will create a few teams for this week and have a friendly competition.
  • It's a great experience!  Working on a team, building a project, working through issues... this models real life on a development team.  This event is designed to build confidence in your skills and give you project experience to talk about in your next intereview.   

Who should attend?

If you’ve ever taken a GDI class, jumped into an online tech tutorial, or joined other coding events, this is a great opportunity to take the skills you’ve learned and apply them to a collaborative project working with like-minded individuals. But even if you haven’t attended any tech bootcamps or coding events, you’re absolutely welcome to join! Beginners and the tech-curious are especially encouraged to attend, as are experienced technologists who are interested in sharing their knowledge and skills while working on projects that they are passionate about.

We are also inviting companies to join our event as a sponsor. Please email sponsorship@girldevelopit.com

What will this event look like?

  • Before the event, you will be matched with a team and an instructor.  Teams will be matched based on your skills, interests, and availability.
  • The event will kick off on Monday with a conference-style event that includes an amazing keynote and several workshop options designed to prepare you for the Hackalong.
  • Then, following the opening session, the teams will meet at their pre-determined time (we will ask you about availability when you sign up.  You should be available at that time slot for at least 3 of the 5 team meetings.  
  • Saturday, we will all gather again for the project presentations and award ceremony. Each team has 5 minutes to present and demo their projects. 

Why are you charging for this event?

Unlike our Fall Hackathon, we have assigned a fee to this event since we pay mentors to lead each team.  Mentors will prepare for this event by creating projects and providing ongoing leadership and support to the teams throughout the week. 

What do you need to participate?

No much! Just an interest to learn, create and engage with our community. Our basic requirement is access to a computer with the option to join a video conference. We will be hosting an information session a week before the event to answer questions and make sure you are comfortable with the event. 

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Want More from GDI? GDI offers a variety of ways you can join our community! Whether you are brand new to tech or want to advance the experience you've already racked up, we have something for you. When you join as a member, you develop your own pathway to develop code, confidence, and community. If you just want to get your feet wet or want a personal coach to land your dream job, GDI has memberships to match your interest, availability, and budget. Learn more here. Code of Conduct: Girl Develop It is focused on providing opportunities for women and non-binary individuals to learn web and software development, but our classes and events are open to all genders and identities. We are dedicated to providing a welcoming and comfortable environment for all to learn to code and every attendee is expected to uphold our Code of Conduct (http://www.https://girldevelopit.com/code-of-conduct/).


  • Katie Brydon (she/her)

    Girl Develop It

    Community Manager

  • Katie Franco

    Girl Develop It

    Executive Director