Welcome to SheHacks VI, Canada’s largest 36 hour hackathon for female and non-binary students!
On January 7th, 2022, join 600 women and non-binary people across the country to bring your innovative ideas to life online.
SheHacks is one of Canada’s largest All-Women and Non-Binary’s Hackathons, hosted by Western University’s Women in Technology Society. Our focus is preparing women+ to thrive in the technology industry regardless of: gender identity, background, major, or experience.
SheHacks makes technology accessible for all, attracting hundreds of diverse attendees and corporate leaders at the forefront of progress.
We equip women+ with skills, connections, and inspiration necessary to grow as innovators, minimizing the gender gap from the ground up and leveling the playing field.
We strive to support each attendee in working to ideate, build, and pitch their own unique tech solutions. Direct from industry experts and our partnered sponsors, attendees learn skills crucial to the tech sector today such as intro to Python, UX/UI Design, Machine Learning, and more. Delivered through workshops and keynotes, these learnings support the ability of women to break into technology roles. More than just technical skills, our teams leave with genuine industry connections, a fortified sense of community, and inspiration to lead.
When submitting your hack, please include a good representation of your work. This could be a link to your code (GitHub, BitBucket), screenshots of the project or a video walking through how your project works.
All members of the hackathon team must have registered and been accepted by SheHacks+, and a hacker is only allowed to work on a single team.
Projects must be submitted by 10AM EST on January 9th, 2022. Make sure to choose the prize categories you want to be judged on. We encourage you to pick multiple prize categories, even if your project is incomplete. This hackathon is focused on being a learning experience; we'd love to see what you've learned!
All code written for SheHacks+ must be written between 9:00PM EST on Friday, January 7th, 2021 and 10:00AM EST on Sunday, January 9th, 2020 with the exception of code taken from public and open source libraries, APIs, or tutorials.
All art assets brought into SheHacks+ for your project must be free and publicly available.
Students are free to bring codeless wireframes for the layout of their projects. Hardware may be prototyped in advance to optimize the shape and size of parts, but the actual project presented for submission must be assembled at SheHacks+.
The final product must be original: it must not be the same as the product of a tutorial, a submission to a previous hackathon, or a personal project completed before SheHacks+. Attendees are trusted to ensure the originality of their projects in good faith. SheHacks+ retains the right to inspect the source code of projects in case of dispute. All projects and intellectual property produced at SheHacks+ belong to the attendees who produced it. If you are posting a video to aid in your submission, it must be uploaded during the weekend and be under 3 minutes.
All participants must abide by the MLH Code of Conduct: https://static.mlh.io/docs/mlh-code-of-conduct.pdf
$CAD10,460 in prizes
Each member of the winning team will receive an iPad. In addition, our sponsor Ubisoft will also give them a video game or digital gift card!
2nd Place Overall
Each member of the 2nd Place will receive a Nintendo Switch Lite and a Game of their Choice!
3rd Place Overall
Each member of the 3rd place team will receive an Air Fryer!
4th Place Overall
5th Place Overall
Nokia: Best creation for women to connect with common interests
The challenge is to build an app or online platform using any language to develop and implement a matching algorithm for mentors and mentees to connect which will encourage more girls and women to step into STEM field.
Each member of the winning team will receive a FitBit Versa!
CGI & TD: Ready Commitment Hack
We are looking for a CGI & TD Ready Commitment Hack which incorporates one or more of TD’s 4 pillars of commitment. Hacks related to financial security, the environment, the community or better health are welcome! Every member of the winning team will receive a $250 Amazon gift card.
Best Usage of Hedera Hashgraph
- How to start developing on Hedera blogpost: https://hedera.com/blog/how-to-develop-on-hedera-back-to-the-basics
- Getting started guide: https://hedera.com/get-started
- Documentation: https://docs.hedera.com/guides/
Prize: Nintendo Switch Lite
Geotab Ignition Challenge
Use Geotab's telematics data sets in the most innovative way possible. Available datasets are in covid mobility impact (traffic analysis, congestion, fuel fillup analytics, etc.), weather information, urban infrastructure analytics (dangerous intersections, cell coverage areas, etc.), and vehicle location analytics (parking locations, fuel station metrics, idling times, etc.)
Each member of the winning team will receive a $50 Gift Card and a Guaranteed interview for any opportunity at Geotab!
Judging will take into consideration Geotab’s core principles: Productivity, Optimization, Safety, Compliance and Expandability, Sustainability
- Note: Datasets exist on ignition.geotab.com and students will need to register in advance* Instructions for getting started on the Ignition platform can be found here: https://data.geotab.com/get-started
If you are interested in participating in Geotab’s challenge, please use the link to register!
Wow Factor: Does this project stand out? How does it stand out? What aspects associate with Geotab’s core principles
Technical Complexity: What is the degree of technical difficulty?
Originality: Is the project a new idea? Are there existing projects that tackle the same idea?
Design: Is the project polished and easy to understand? Easy to use?
Bell: She Can STEM
Diversity is at the forefront of our conversations and is part of a societal shift to encourage equal opportunities for all. In Canada, women aged 19 and younger make up 44% of first-year undergraduate students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs.
If they do graduate, they are less likely to work in STEM-related fields compared to men, resulting in women making up less than 1⁄4 of people employed in STEM. The biggest reason why girls do not pursue STEM-focused jobs is because of the traditionally perceived male versus female job stereotypes.
We want you to help change that!
Help support this shift so that women, girls, non-binary individuals, and those from underrepresented populations have equal opportunities to pursue their goals of working in STEM-related fields.
Your challenge is to create a technical solution that will increase the participation of women and girls in STEM courses and other interests between grade school and high school, such that they pursue STEM roles in the future.
Members of the first place will each receive $100 The Source gift cards and a virtual Bell event invitation in late-February or early-March (event and timing to be confirmed).
Bell: She Can STEM - Second Place
Members of the second place team will each receive $50 The Source gift cards and a Resume Critique & Coffee Chat!
Bell: She Can STEM - Third Place
Members of the third place team will each receive $25 The Source gift cards and a Resume Critique & Coffee Chat!
Rangle.io : Rangle Career Coach
At Rangle, we believe in doing the right thing, the right way… and then improving on it. Our people are curious, brave, kind, open, and driven. We thrive in an environment of diversity and inclusion and recruit people who aspire to find solutions that solve real-world issues.
At Rangle, we are transparent about what it means to work with us, our mission, values, and the recruitment process but in many other organizations it can be difficult to know what to expect.
Interviewing in tech is hard, and companies don’t make it easier - many companies reinforce structural bias into their interview process with lengthy take-home assignments, multi-hour interview processes, or have a process that is inaccessible.
Knowing what to expect going into an interview process, can help you prepare better - or know which companies to avoid.
Your challenge is to create a solution that can provide candidates an insight into the interview process at a company
Tips and Challenge Starters
- A tool to help you keep track of where you are applying, when the interviews are, and share details on what the interview process was like
- What was the process like?
- Was there a technical challenge?
- Tips to help prepare
Every member of the winning team will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
Architech: Build A Better Future
At Architech, we believe passionately that tomorrow can be better than today. Digital solutions, when built with intentionality, can be better for business, people, and the planet. That we can build a better future through technology.
This award ties to Architech's core mission to Build A Better Future.
We are looking for a solution that's driven by purpose, with a passion for building a more accessible and inclusive world.
Our team will be judging this prize based on our 3 frameworks of Innovation, Impact, and Meaning. These three frameworks help guide the way we develop our company culture and select future partners and projects.
Innovation is the “new value” factor. Things that create new value through the use of new technology or processes. This can just be new to a client or industry rather than completely unique to the world.
- A great example of this is our 2020 project with Cineplex, where we created an automated Azure cloud infrastructure provisioning system for their development and test environments. This was a critical step to allow them to begin to modernize their legacy IT infrastructure and applications. They can now provision new Azure environments in minutes instead of days, driving development productivity. This is innovative.
Impact is the “move the needle” factor. How is your build helping future stakeholders/audiences achieve their major goals or overall purpose?
- A great example of this is our work with Roto-Rooter in 2020, where our modernization of their web presence improved page load times by 54%, a 22% increase in conversion on web traffic, as well as a 31% improvement in speed index, and a 30% improvement in accessibility. The net impact to the organization was improved page load times, SEO, and an increase in overall service bookings. This is impactful.
Meaning is the “heart tug” factor. Things that improve people’s lives, reduce suffering, or help achieve social or environmental goals.
- A great example of this is our pro bono work with WishPlay in 2019, a non-profit organization that helps grant wishes to terminally ill patients through the use of VR. We helped them by creating a mobile video platform so that they could help even more patients. This is meaningful.
The winning team will receive a $200 item of your choice and various Architech goodies!
Best Domain Name from Domain.com
Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.
Best Use of Google Cloud
Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.
Best Web Monetization Project
Coil is all about providing better ways to access and reward the creators, publishers and platforms that you love. Coil members get to view web monetized sites while streaming micropayments directly to the website owner, or in this case, you! In turn, you can react to payments in real time by displaying a thank-you message, unlocking bonus content, features and so much more! The possibilities are endless. Build a web monetized hack using Coil for a chance to win an Anker - PowerCore Quick Charge Portable Charger, exclusive Coil pin and a $60 coil credit redemption card! Bonus points for originality and creativity!
Most Creative Use of Twilio
Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!
Scotiabank: Most Innovative Hack
Create a solution that could be adopted by Scotiabank which would improve accessibility to online financial services and minimize the digital divide in our society as technology rapidly advances.
All members of the winning team will receive Apple Airpods (3rd generation)!
Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key
Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with embedded Arduino Uno compatible board. Each winning team member will receive a prize!
Prize: Grove Beginner Kit
Best Usage of Hedera Hashgraph - 2nd Place
Members of the 2nd place team win $100 Amazon gift cards!
Nokia: Best creation for women to connect with common interests - 2nd Place
The members of the 2nd place team all win $100 Amazon gift card!
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Design Mentor @ Hack the 6ix | Prev @ Loblaw Digital
Product Designer @ Cohere
Computer Vision Developer @ Huya
Software Engineer @ Taplytics
Program Manager @ Microsoft
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