Photo by Tara From Skout Media

Photo by Tara From Skout Media

Mission Statement

LadyHacks is a women-only* hackathon taking place in Philadelphia, PA. It is organized by women of the Greater Philadelphia tech community. We welcome women of all experience levels from a variety of technical and creative disciplines to participate in a collaborative, web-based project in an inclusive and safe space.

Proceeds from the hackathon will support Girl Develop It, a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. Through in-person classes and community support, Girl Develop It helps women of diverse backgrounds achieve their technology goals and build confidence in their careers and their every day lives.

LadyHacks’ secondary goals include:

  • Provide women who are new to software development a welcoming environment in which they can get their hackathon feet wet, understand that it isn’t a scary place, and that, yes, they DO have the skills that are useful and necessary to participate in these types of events.
  • Allow experienced women developers a chance to mentor up-and-coming developers.
  • Have project groups walk away from the event with a working prototype for their portfolio, confidence in themselves, and the desire to participate in future hackathons.
  • Added Bonus: Groups continue working together to expand their working prototypes.


Statement of diversity/Non-discrimination Policy

LadyHacks values diversity of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, learning styles, nationality, religion, thought, citizenship status, and sexual orientation. We welcome all disciplines and interests, experience levels, and skill sets. We promote respect and do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or other discriminatory behavior or expression.

LadyHacks acknowledges the complicated nature of the word “women,” knowing it may not work for many, and can feel unwelcoming or alienating for some. We recognize the imperfection of language, and we use * to specifically and intentionally include cis women, trans, genderqueer, intersex, and queer people who identify as women.

Safe Space

LadyHacks is a learning space. It is a safe space. For us, safety is the “freedom from the fear or threat of harm (physical, emotional, or mental) and from danger, risk, or injury.” We define safe space as:

A place where anyone can relax and be fully self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, age, or physical or mental ability; a place where the rules guard each person’s self-respect and dignity and strongly encourage everyone to respect others. [via]

Accessibility and Awareness

LadyHacks is dedicated to promoting accessible, safe, inclusive spaces throughout the event. Volunteers will be onsite and available to anyone requiring assistance or support in any capacity. Volunteers will be wearing clearly identifiable name tags in case of any issue that needs to be addressed arises.

In the event that a person is harmed or triggered by a situation or participant, or experiencing difficulty in any capacity, it is up to their discretion to bring it to the attention of LadyHacks organizers. We guarantee privacy and confidentiality in such an event and will do our best to honor the individual’s needs.

We respect confidentiality and protect all shared personal information. You can reach us here.