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Welcome to the International Women's Hackathon presented by SFU's Microsoft Intern AMbassador, Women in Computing Science (WICS) and Women in Engineering (WEG)!

Come join us on Saturday November 15, 2014 at SFU Burnaby TASC-9204 to create technology innovations! Participation to the Hackathon is FREE, and is open to all women and men who support females in tech!

You can work in teams of 1 to 3 to build something amazing (or at least get it started), pitch your project, meet other students who share your passion for coding, and win great prizes! 
Not only will you learn a ton, but you’ll also earn Skype minutes and other great prizes and gain the admiration of family and friends.  You can share your project with the world via Challenge Post, and you could see your project adopted by Direct Relief or The Nature Conservancy if it can help a cause. You can also choose to compete in the Imagine Cup or get help in open-sourcing your code and contributing it to the Humanitarian Toolbox.

This event is open to participants of all skill levels: those who haven’t programmed at all, those who are programming geniuses, those who have an eye in design and even product management. It will be a great weekend to learn, invent, and create the future. But not only that, you can use your innovative idea and enter into Microsoft's Imagine Cup! 

All International Women’s Hackathon participants will have the opportunity continue their solutions as part of the Humanitarian Toolbox and/or onto the Imagine Cup as well as continue hacking with all international participants.

Check out our Facebook event for regular updates:


You are a student, at least 16 years of age, who supports females in technology and are actively enrolled at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university degrees.


Registration for this hackathon is only open to any person who attends the hackathon.  We will only admit people who have registered on this site.

You can work on any idea you wish, on any platform you like.  It is highly encouraged that you create a project for a cause (e.g. an SFU club, local organization, green initiatives, problems posed by the Disaster Relief Challenge or the Climate Data Challenge).

Hackathon Sponsors



A Backpack,
FAS T-shirt,
Microsoft T-shirt,
FAS mug per person, and $90 skype credit for the group

Second Place

A Microsoft T-shirt and FAS toque per person, and $30 skype credit for the group

Honourable Mention (3)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

When you’re ready to enter your submission, go to the homepage and click CREATE A SUBMISSION. You can also start this process and save a draft of your submission as you’re working on it.

  • Make sure to include good screenshots.
  • Write a clear, detailed description of your application.
  • Include the link to the prototype demo
  • Include instructions on how to use your app(demo).
  • We recommend not creating presentation slides, but instead focusing all your time on creating a functioning demo.
  • On the submission form, list all your team members by their ChallengePost user name.




Judging Criteria

  • Appropriateness to Theme (40 points)
    Full points if the solution addresses the challenge & takes other factors or information into account
  • User Experience & Functionality (20 possible points)
    Full points if the solution intuitive & high depth of functionality
  • Originality & Impact (20 possible points)
    Full points if it is an innovative solution and has large scale impact.
  • Technical difficulty (20 possible points)
    Up to 20 points for a high technical challenge

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