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Come join us at California State University San Marcos to tackle challenges.

The Women’s Hackathon is designed to inspire young women to explore the unknown and open doors to opportunities in the tech sector. The 12-hour event is open to all female students, ages 16 and older, who will work collaboratively to design a website, game, or mobile app that addresses a selected real world challenge. No prior programming experience is required and registration is free. There may be up to 6 people in a team. Prior to the event, teams can plan, storyboard, and determine what they want to do and how they will go about building their solution. The only caveat is that no programming is allowed until the day of the event. All projects must be submitted to Devpost by 5:30 pm. Teams will present their projects to a panel of judges and the whole group. Depending on the final number of teams at the event, each team may have 3 - 5 minutes to present and 1 - 2 minutes to answer questions from the Judge Panel. Projects will be judged in 4 categories: Appropriateness to Theme, User Experience & Functionality, Originality & Impact, and Technical Difficulty.

You’ll work in teams with other women to build something amazing (or at least get it started), pitch your solution, and share it with the world via Devpost. Not only will you learn a ton, but you’ll also earn prizes, gain the admiration of family and friends, and you could see your project adopted by ACE Scholar program or Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR).

Participation to the Hackathon is FREE. Register here.

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! We will give you more information on this as time comes!

Bridging the Gender Gap: We know the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to America’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are vastly underrepresented in these fields. The 2009 US Census reveals that although women fill close to half of all jobs in the country’s economy, they hold less than 25 percent of the STEM jobs. This has been the case throughout the past decade, even as college-educated women have increased their share of the overall workforce. We simply must do more to expose young women to the opportunities in STEM fields.

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You are a student who self-identifies as female and are actively enrolled at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university degrees. Homeschooled high school students are also welcome. If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you must ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Contest.


Up to six (6) eligible students may submit a single entry as a team. Team members may come from different academic institutions. We have learned in past experiences that the most effective team number is four.  

  • Each competitor may belong to only a single team within this Contest.
  • Teams are locked by 10:30 am on October 24, 2015, and no further changes to team membership can be made beyond that time.
  • Each team is solely responsible for its own cooperation and teamwork. In no event will Sponsor officiate in any dispute regarding the conduct or cooperation of any Team or its members.

The registration information you provide and the Contest App and entry materials that you develop will together be called your “Entry.”  


You may submit one Entry per team.  

We will disqualify any incomplete or illegible Entries that we receive. We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for Entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.



Challenge 1: The Journey: Help Extends Beyond the Boarders

Rhealynn Ravarra is a freshman student at CSUSM. She had an assignment in Dr. Solomon’s web design class to create a site about an issue or crisis that impacts our community here as well as globally. Although the refugee crisis seems distant, human needs connect all people. her design idea is a campaign that focuses on bringing families together around the globe, so that families with stability can connect to families in need.  Help extends beyond borders. The refugee crisis is not an issue that involves merely one nation of people; it is one that involves the world. The borders between people geographically is usually not the deepest issue, rather it is the borders that people create for others in their hearts. People are prone to stereotype or to harbor their possessions and personal space, closing them off to the ways in which they can help others. The refugee crisis today involving Syria is something the world knows about and that most Americans know about, but few are taking action. Real people are risking their lives to come to America and Europe. 

The app that she has in mind is similar to a dating site. It matches people or families in stable areas to refugee families. Ideally, the app would allow people to choose either the needs they can help with or if you are a refugee, the needs you may have. From there, it would create a match between the two sides and allows them the opportunity to connect. As a designer, she created a concept for the app at and would love a team of women hackers to make this, or some evolved version of this, a reality.

Challenge 2: Human-Jaguar Interactions

Samia Carrillo-Percastegui and Mathias Tobler have been studying large mammals but focusing on jaguars in the Peruvian Amazon for over a decade, including large-scale camera trap surveys and collaring of jaguars with GPS collars, leading to very detailed data on jaguar ecology. Recently they started a project looking at human-jaguar interactions and the attitudes of local communities towards this top predator. One of their goals is to teach communities more about the jaguars and their prey and to find ways to minimize human-jaguar conflicts that often lead to the killing of jaguars. You are invited to explore new ways of visualizing and communicating interesting facts about jaguar ecology, the importance of jaguar in the ecosystem, and jaguar threats to local communities in Peru as well as a broader audience in the US. Find creative ways to show local people that the jaguar is an important part of the ecosystem and that the conservation of the species has benefits for everybody. The hope is that better education will lead to more protection of jaguars or at least to less killing. They would like to target a young audience at first, given the technology access and open mind that young people have.

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Info about jaguars in general:

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Challenge 1: Overall Team Winner

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

When you’re ready to enter your submission, click on and submit your files. 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 Devpost user name.




Judging Criteria

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