Join us as we host our 2nd Annual GDI Virtual Hackathon. This unique series offers learning events like panel discussions, an introduction to “hacking,” and collaboration with GDI community members from across the globe. Our theme for 2022 is "Hacking for Health!" We will be focusing our talks and projects on general health & wellness topics.
If you are interested in sponsoring or partnering with us on this event, click here to learn more about the opportunities and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
What will this event look like?
This event will kick off with a series of pre-Hackathon events including:
In addition to hacking collaboratively with your team, participants are welcome to join:
We have two registration options:
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. We will also be hosting:
We are looking for Sponsors to help support the event and provide prizes to our teams. We are also looking for mentors to support our teams. Register for our mentor information session if you are interested.
Code of Conduct
The GDI mission is focused on providing opportunities for women & non-binary adults 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.girldevelopit.com/codeofconduct).
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Veera Venigalla is a Manager for Enterprise Technology Services in T-Mobile. Veera holds two degrees- structural engineering and computer engineering – plus a lifetime of various technical roles. She enjoys mentoring high-school and college students, as well as peers, on careers in technology. At previous companies, Veera was a co-creator and leader of internal and external diversity initiatives, including kickstarting a holistic, company-wide Mentoring Program and being awarded as a Diversity Champion. Veera is passionate about building high performance teams, coaching, and mentoring. Veera is involved actively in STEM outreach activities and involved actively in internal & external diversity initiatives including serving as Chair for Frisco II D&I Access to Disability Network. When not engineering or advocating for her peers, Veera enjoys spending time with her spouse, two children, and their extended family located in the area. As she believes and learnt throughout her life that everyone is unique & play a key role as “Innovation requires team together openness and diversity of thought”!!!
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