The Pittsburgh Premier All-Women’s Hackathon. Hackers. Mentors. Speakers. Prizes. 36 hours. Jan. 30 - Feb 1st at the University of Pittsburgh.

Welcome to She Innovates! On the weekend of January 30, female students studying Computer Science, Engineering, and Business will gather at the University of Pittsburgh to form teams, develop, and pitch their ideas. After the Friday night kickoff, teams are allowed to begin working on their apps. Once your app is complete, we ask you to submit via ChallengePost through the Submissions tab. All Submissions must be in by 10 a.m. Sunday Morning.

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Prizes

$9,450 in prizes

Grand Prize

Awarded to the team with the overall best hack based on ranking from official She Innovates Judging panel and peer/public input.
Includes: - A $500 cash prize from Dr. Marc Malandro and the Innovation Institute - A gift card valued at $50 for each member. - A one year subscription to GraphicStock (valued at $588)-Introduction to regional economic development organizations (Alphalab, Thrill Mill, or Idea Foundry) to be coordinated by the Innovation Institute -Automatic entry into The Blast Furnace, Pitt's new student accelerator - An hour of mentorship consulting with an Innovation Institute entrepreneur in residence

Second Prize

Awarded to the team with the second best hack based on ranking from official She Innovates Judging panel and peer/public input.
Includes:
- A $500 cash prize from Dr. Marc Malandro and the Innovation Institute. - A gift card valued at $25 for each team member - A one-year subscription to GraphicStock (valued at $588)-Automatic entry into The Blast Furnace, Pitt's new student accelerator - An hour of mentorship consulting with an Innovation Institute entrepreneur in residence

Third Prize

Awarded to the team with the third best hack based on ranking from official She Innovates Judging panel and peer/public input.
Includes:
- A $500 cash prize from Dr. Marc Malandro and the Innovation Institute
- A gift card valued at $15 for each team member to the University Store
- A one-year subscription to GraphicStock (valued at $588)
- An hour of mentorship consulting with an Innovation Institute entrepreneur in residence

Most Creative

Awarded to the team who develops a project that is deemed most creative at the She Innovates Hackathon.

Most Philanthropic

Awarded to the team who develops a project that is deemed most philanthropic at the She Innovates Hackathon.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

- Be an undergraduate or graduate *female* enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh

- Have advanced registered through the Innovation Institute 

- Teams may have a maximum of 7 members

Requirements

- Build something awesome. All platforms accepted

- Upload description of hack to ChallengePost by 9am Sunday morning

- Submissions must contain an accurate description of app

How to enter

- Make your app (any platform is accepted)

- Produce your screenshots and/or picture of app

- Submit your app

- Present to judge pannel

- Wait for judging announcements and final demos

Judges

Benjamin Schmidt from kWantera, Lu Huang from Google, Deepal Dhariwal from NetApp

Benjamin Schmidt from kWantera, Lu Huang from Google, Deepal Dhariwal from NetApp

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Market and Business Potential
    What is the market for the app? Has the team addressed plans to continue to improve and expand potential for their project? How has the team overcome difficulties and how does this scope their projected outlook on their app.
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?