SisterHacks is the first hackathon for the Seven Sisters schools: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley Colleges. Our goal is to empower women in tech by working together with other strong women*. We want to increase interest in computer science at the Seven Sisters and connect the colleges more.
*We realize that not all students of Seven Sisters schools identify as women and we welcome all trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming students.
What is a hackathon?
It's an event where participants gather together and turn their ideas into finished products in a short amount of time (usually 12-36 hours).
How will I get to Bryn Mawr? Will there be travel reimbursements?
Updated: We will provide some travel reimbursements for students. Sign ups are in the form emailed to all registered participants. Students coming out of state can take bus or train to Philadelphia 30th Street Station. We will have vans to pick you up at 30th Street Station every hour between 8:30 - 11:30 PM to go to Bryn Mawr College for the event.
What are the guidelines for the event?
We will be following the Major League Hacking (MLH) Code of Conduct.
Who can participate?
Anyone attending a Seven Sisters college (Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, Wellesley). While this is a hackathon intended for women and femme-identifying individuals we encourage all students of the Seven Sister schools to participate, especially those of marginalized racial, gender, and sexual identities.
Can I come even if I have never written a line of code in my life?
Yes! We encourage beginner to advanced coders who come from a variety of majors (not just CS!) to attend. We will be holding workshops throughout the hackathon so you can learn something from your time here!
Do I have to be in a team? How many people per team?
Yes, we would like everyone to be in a team of 2-4 people so that you can work with people from different schools with different skills and abilities. Don't worry if you don't have a team! We encourage people looking for team members to utilize our Facebook group to post and connect with fellow participants. We will also have a team formation event before hacking starts!
How much will it cost?
Admission is free! Meals, snacks, workshops, and company swag will be provided.
Have other questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be sure to get back to you ASAP!
Founder and Organizer
Bryn Mawr '20
Co-Founder and Marketing and Outreach
Bryn Mawr '19
Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Bryn Mawr College
Friday, March 23
8:00 - 11:00 PM:
Participants begin arriving
Saturday, March 24
First day of SisterHacks
8 AM: Breakfast and Team Formation
9:00 - 9:45: Opening Ceremony
10:00: Hacking begins!
11:00: Workshop: Intro to Web Development with Ruthie Fields, Research Technologist and Data Manager at Thomas Jefferson University, Room 119
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:00: Workshop: Twilio API - Learn how to add voice and SMS text messaging capabilities to your Python application with Lizzie Siegle, Bryn Mawr '18, Twilio Developer Evangelist, Room 025
1:00 and 2:00: Workshop: Mixed Reality - Microsoft Hololens Demonstration with Palak Bhandari, Educational Technologist at Bryn Mawr College, Room 119
2:00: Workshop: Intro to Unity for Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications with Jessica Linker, CLIR Humanities and Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellow at Bryn Mawr College, Room 025
3:00: Alumnae in Tech Tea! Hear experiences of Seven Sisters alumns that work in fields like Machine Learning, UX/UI Design, and Software Engineering! Room 212A
4:00: Relax and unwind with yoga! Room 212E
Sunday, March 25
Second day of SisterHacks
12:00 AM: Midnight Snack - Insomnia Cookies
10:00: Hacking ends
10:00 - 11:00: Demo time!
11:00 - 11:30: Judges convene
11:30 - 1:00 PM: Closing Ceremony, Awards and Prizes!