LadyHacks Organization Team

LadyHacks is organized and made possible by members of the local chapters of Girl Develop It, Girl Geek Dinners, the Hacktory, PyStar, and TechGirlz. Lots of work goes into producing an event of this size, and we thank all our volunteers, sponsors, and contributors!

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Kristen Gallagher

Kristen is a Senior Development Associate at one of Philadelphia’s largest AIDS service organizations, ActionAIDS.  She is very passionate about learning from and contributing to the Philadelphia Tech community. Over the summer she had the privilege of participating in Girl Develop It / Code for Philly’s Open Source Mentorship Program. Inspired by successful women she met in OSMP and attending ELA , she co-founded a Women in Tech Goal Crushing group and Philadelphia Nonprofit Development Meetup.

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LeeAnn Kinney

LeeAnn is a front-end developer and web accessibility advocate. Aside from helping with LadyHacks, she is also co-leader of Girl Develop It Philly and co-organizer of Ela Conf. In her spare time, LeeAnn loves being outdoors, hiking, biking, and camping. She can occasionally be found blogging about it at

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Kelsey Leljedal

A member of the Philly tech scene since 2012, Kelsey is the content coordinator for and freelances as a web content writer and graphic designer. Her logos have appeared on,, and more. When she’s not taking getting ready for the next LadyHacks she can be found taking classes or volunteering as a TA with Girl Develop It, writing for She Tech Philly, attending fun events in the city, or baking chocolate treats.

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Becca Nock

Becca Nock is a registered nurse and PhD Student at the UPenn School of Nursing, where she is studying Nursing Informatics and how data and technology can be used to help older adults age at home and in the community. Becca took her first Girl Develop It class in early 2014, and she was a mentee in the Open Source Mentorship Program in 2015. Becca has been on the planning committee for Startup Weekend Health Philly since 2014, and she recently joined the Girl Develop It Philly volunteer staff. Becca also enjoys reading nonfiction, olympic weightlifting, and brunch.

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Kiera Smalls

Kiera leads the online engagement and community partnerships for Indego, Philly’s bike share program. She is also the Co-Founder of City Fit Girls, a network that connects thousands of women to local and national fitness brands. Kiera is interested in getting more women of color into the tech scene.


Laura Webb

Laura works in Information and Interpretive Technologies at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. No day is the same, and some more memorable moments include Sylvester Stallone and the Secret Service. She’s actively involved in the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop It and TechGirlz. When she’s not at work or volunteering, Laura can be found installing Linux flavors, enjoying a latte, or running in Fairmount Park.

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Alex Lash

A graduate of Tyler School of Art’s Graphic and Interactive Design program, Alex Lash is a Graphic Designer at Nuix and former front-end developer and designer at Dyad Communications. Design is her primary passion but she also loves the craftsmanship involved in programming unique, future-friendly websites. When not poking around the internet for inspiration, Alex is probably dreaming about travel, playing lots of Ultimate frisbee, or doodling.


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Sondra Willhite, Founder

Sondra co-organized the last two LadyHacks and is excited to serve on the 2015 planning committee. She’s been a member of Girl Develop It and Girl Geek Dinners since she discovered them over three years ago. She’s been a GDI student, has volunteered as a TA, and teaches a class on Database Design. She came into development work via a round-about way. Her first degree from Tulane is in French. She went back to get a second bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Arizona after being motivated by cleaning up a failed data migration. She currently works as an independent software developer with an emphasis on data driven applications.

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Tristin Hightower, Founder

Having spent 10 years in Philadelphia where she spent the last half of her time heavily involved in the local game development scene and last two growing the women in tech community, Geekadelphia named Tristin the 2012 Geek of the Year. Tristin co-founded the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Geek Dinners, and she co-organized LadyHacks inaugural event that took place in Philadelphia on March 1-2, 2013. She now resides in Colorado and is the Operations Manager for the International Game Developers Association.

2016 Sponsors

LadyHacks could not exist without the generous support of our sponsors! We owe a debt of gratitude to all! Want to help out? Get in touch!

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Azavea, Signature Sponsor
Azavea is a B Corporation (a social enterprise) based in Philadelphia. We create civic geospatial software for the web. Our software is used by governments, non-profits, and research organizations for geospatial data analysis and visualization. We build custom apps; develop data analytics; and manage several open source projects (DistrictBuilder, OpenTreeMap, GeoTrellis, and others). All of our work is aimed at applying geospatial technology for social impact and to advance the state-of-the-art through research. We work in many domains, including: elections, urban planning, forestry, water, law enforcement, history, climate change and land conservation. Join us and help apply technology for good.

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Seer Interactive, Gold Sponsor
Seer Interactive is an industry leading digital marketing agency with offices in Philadelphia and San Diego, and over 100 employees. Seer Interactive believes in doing a few things, and doing them well, which translates to outstanding services and innovation across Analytics, SEO, & PPC.


Jarvus, Silver Sponsor
Jarvus is an impact driven software engineering firm in Northern Liberties Philadelphia. We provide consultation and engineering services to medium and large businesses. We invest our profits in social impact driven ventures including Slate (, N3rd Street Gamers (, and LocalHost (

Monetate, Silver Sponsor
powers multi-channel testing & personalization for brands worldwide. Built for speed, the Monetate Platform’s easy-to-use interface allows marketers to create, test and deploy an unlimited number of personalized digital experiences. As the global leader in personalization, Monetate is used by the world’s leading retail brands to grow revenue faster by being faster. Founded in 2008, Monetate influences billions of dollars in revenue every year for world-class companies like QVC, Patagonia, Sur la Table, The North Face and hundreds of other market leaders.

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Caviar, Friday Food Sponsor
Caviar is the easiest way to order from America’s best independent restaurants. They partner directly with restaurants to bring great food to customers across the country — whether dining for one or 100. Customers can order ahead on the web, or instantly from the free Caviar app for iOS and Android.
Caviar is part of Square’s full suite of tools for businesses, enabling restaurants across the country to reach more customers, grow their sales and expand their reach. We deliver from the best restaurants in Atlanta, Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Manhattan, Miami, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area (including East Bay & South Bay), Seattle, Portland and Washington D.C.

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sweetgreen, Lunch Sponsor
Founded in 2007, sweetgreen is a destination for delicious food that’’s both healthy for you and aligned with your values. They source local and organic ingredients from farmers they know and partners they trust, supporting communities and creating meaningful relationships. They exist to create experiences where passion and purpose come together.


Think Brownstone, Inc., Snack Sponsor
Think Brownstone, Inc. is an Experience Design firm founded in 2007, employing 65+ consultants with expertise in various design, technology, media and business-related disciplines. Focused primarily on digital interfaces including responsive web-based and native mobile applications, Think Brownstone uses a research-driven methodology to ensure design decisions are always based on evidence. Areas of specialty include data visualization, complex transactional systems, driving engagement in business applications, and designing within complex legal and regulatory environments.


StickerGiant, Sticker Sponsor
StickerGiant prints high-quality stickers and labels. They have the best customer service, quick turnaround times and free custom shapes using state of the art laser cutting. Every sticker has a story. Want to share your story today? They’re waiting to hear from you. Every sticker has a story.


Chariot Solutions, Breakfast Sponsor
Chariot Solutions is a software development consulting firm. We build and integrate the critical software applications that run our clients’ businesses. We are successful because we attract the most talented and collaborative software architects in the region. They are leaders in Java, open source and emerging technologies. We work in small, agile teams. We solve hard problems with a practical approach centered on communication, common sense and continual learning. We believe it is important to give back to our community through shared learning.

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StartupPHL is a forward thinking initiative inspired by and rooted in Philadelphia’s innovative history and spirit. A collaborative effort between the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce and PIDC, StartupPHL aims to support entrepreneurs in the City who bring energy, ideas and vitality to Philadelphia as well as further enable the existing entrepreneurial talent that resides in the City’s different neighborhoods to flourish.


ReAnimator Coffee
At ReAnimator Coffee, we are driven by the experience of coffee: whether the experience is sourcing coffees at origin – in Ethiopia or Guatemala, or anywhere around the world – or cupping with our broker partners; roasting production coffees or new crop coffee samples; or tasting the latest batch off of our roaster. Everything we do is in pursuit of that experience. Coffee is not simply a utility, but a noble beverage, and we are constantly amazed by the complex interactions it creates in our brains and our society, the connections it forges, and the creativity that it inspires.

In-Kind Sponsors

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Girl Develop It
Girl Develop It is an international organization that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction. Our vision is to create a network of empowered women who feel confident in their abilities to code and build beautiful web and mobile applications. By teaching women around the world from diverse backgrounds to learn software development, we can help women improve their careers and confidence in their everyday lives.


ROAR for Good is revolutionizing the world of women’s safety. By redefining and reinventing the intimidating and combative world of self-defense tools, ROAR is developing smart jewelry that helps serve as a deterrent to attacks, cannot be used against the wearer, and alerts loved ones with your location. ROAR is committed to helping address the underlying causes of violence by taking a percentage of proceeds and investing them in non-profits that are teaching children about empathy and healthy relationships so the world is a safer and better place for all.


The Hacktory
The Hacktory is Philly’s first hacker/makerspace, providing a variety and of classes and opportunities for people of all backgrounds and skill levels to learn about technology and creativity. The Hacktory offers adult classes, after school programs, summer camp, and individual memberships. Come check out our offerings at our weekly Project Night every Thursday from 7-9 pm, which is always free and open to the public.