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Virtual Hackathon

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Congratulations to everyone who particpated in the 2021 Virtual Hackaton.  We are grateful to the 450+ individuals who joined us for the three days of creating, building, learning & connecting. The ideas, energy, and work that were poured into our 2021 Virtual Hackathon were incredible!

Stay tuned for 2022 Dates!!

2021 Awards Winners

Judge Awards


Event Recordings

The link to all recordings of our sessions and presentations over the three-day conference can be found here.

GDI Hackathon Information

What's a hackathon?

Never attended a hackathon before...but always been a little curious? This is the hackathon for you!

Traditionally, a hackathon is an event in which programmers, graphic designers, content strategists, interface designers, project managers, subject matter experts and more collaborate intensively on projects for a dedicated amount of time.

What's different about a GDI hackathon?

If you’ve ever been to a GDI class or event, you know that we prioritize a few important values. Our values are embedded in all we do, so this hackathon is no different! What you can expect: a friendly, welcoming and inclusive environment that is supportive, values all questions and is judgment-free! We welcome beginners of all levels and seek to make this event as accessible as possible. Here’s how:

We want beginners! It's hard when you're first starting in tech. There's so much to learn, everyone seems to know what they're doing, and no one has time for your questions, right? Not here, this hackathon is all about giving beginners a way to level up their skills and their confidence. 

This event occurs over two weeks and is designed to engage both women and non-binary adults who are new to coding and those who have been at it for years. 

Why should I join?

Frequently Asked Questions

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, dove into an online tech tutorial, or any other coding class or event this is a great opportunity to take the skills you’ve learned and apply them to a collaborative project working with like-minded individuals.

Even if you haven’t attended any of these events or participated in these groups, you’re still totally welcome! 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.

Can I propose a project to work on?

Absolutely! Any participant can propose a project idea for a team to work on prior to the event. We only ask that project leaders be present at GDI Virtual Hackathon for all days of the event. Thursday Nov. 4th will be our brainstorming session, and project leaders will have the opportunity to present their idea to the group at large. Participants can choose which projects they would like to work on then.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes, all participants must abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct.

I can’t make the whole event. Can I still join?

Yes! If you can only make one day and want to come, you should definitely come and add to the project as much as you can.

Do I need to work all night to participate in a hackathon?

No! This GDI Virtual Hackathon is spread out over a few weeks and gives you time to learn, build and connect. Our non-competitive environment encourages you to work when you are available.

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