Recap from 2015

Demand for a women-only* hackathon in Philadelphia continues to be strong, and for the first year, LadyHacks sold out in advance of the event. Over the two-day hackathon we had 80 participants, and 61% reported that they were attending their first hackathon. It is our hope that LadyHacks will not be their last hackathon, but instead will serve as conduit to encourage participation in other regional hackathons and the Philly tech scene at large.

We were pleased to learn that about half our attendees were women who currently work in technical positions while the other half identified as non-technical. One of our goals in this event is to provide a space for tech curious women to meet and learn from those who are in the field, and we were happy to see this ratio.

Projects were diverse this year. We had thirteen demo presentations on Saturday - twice last year’s number! Topics ranged from health care, STEM, the Wikipedia gender gap, bridging the digital divide, consumer empowerment, and animal welfare. Groups worked in Ruby on Rails, Python, PHP, Javascript, HTML, CSS, and GitHub.

LadyHacks 2015 was filmed by Developing Philly and we look forward to seeing the episode when it’s posted. In the meantime, you can also find photos of the event on our LadyHacks Facebook page.

We donated our $10 registration fee to TechGirlz, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering classes, workshops and camps to introduce middle-school aged girls to technology career paths. We are pleased to announce that we raised $1063 for TechGirlz during LadyHacks 2015.

Idea Hacking via #LadyHacks2015

Our women-only* hackers shared their discoveries via Twitter.