SisterHacks is the first hackathon for the Seven Sisters Colleges: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley Colleges.
Our goal is to empower women* in tech by providing a supportive and enriching environment to learn, experiment, and collaborate. We strive to increase interest in computer science at the Seven Sisters Colleges and strengthen the Seven Sisters bond through inter-college interaction.
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).
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!
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. There will be a few spots open for Tri-College (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore College) participants, and we also encourage Tri-College students to sign up to volunteer and mentor for the event!
How can I sign up?
Our registration and waitlist is now closed. If you are on the waitlist, you should expect to hear back if a spot opens by Sunday, February 17th.
When will volunteer and mentor information be sent out?
Volunteer information can be found here.
Are the workshops open to non-participants?
Yes! The technical workshops and events like the Alumnae in Tech Tea are open to all Tri-College students even if they are not participating in the hackathon.
How much will it cost?
Admission is free! Meals, snacks, workshops, and company swag will be provided.
What are the overnight arrangments like?
We will have air mattresses and showers for you to use! Please bring your own blankets, towels, toiletries, and shower shoes if you plan on showering.
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 in beginner and intermediate categories throughout the hackathon so you can learn something from your time here!
Have other questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you ASAP!
Barnard: Your representative - Sarah Seidman '21
Apply to this form ASAP because it requires applications at least 4 weeks in advance. February 1st is the deadline!
Mount Holyoke: Your representative - there is no specific MHC representative but Arielle Dede '22 and Tina Liu '22 are from Smith and they can help you with any Five College related questions.
Apply to the Student Conference Fund at least 3 weeks in advance of SisterHacks, which is February 8th! More info about the Student Conference Fund here.
Smith: Your representatives - Arielle Dede '22 and Tina Liu '22
Apply to the Universal Conference Fund which can be found here.
Vassar: Your representative - Juliana Milani '21
Apply to the Academic Enrichment Fund, which can be found here. Fill out the form with the planned costs of your travel, and note that you need an endorsement letter, which should be easy to get by talking to a faculty member about the conference (yet without it you won't get the funds!) If they don't cover the total cost of travel for whatever reason, email email@example.com and Juliana will help you out.
Wellesley: Your representative - Phyllis Wei '21
The Computer Science department will fund travel to Philadelphia for SisterHacks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want travel funding from Wellesley and Phyllis will help you out with the process.
In the case that you are not awarded travel funding from your respective school, we will tentatively be offering backup travel reimbursements. Email email@example.com if this is necessary. Plan to arrive in Philadelphia on the evening of March 1st, more details on that when the event gets closer. There will be a van meeting participants at 30th St Station in Philadelphia to drive you to Bryn Mawr, so don't worry about figuring that out!
All activities will be held in Park Science Building, Bryn Mawr College
March 3rd8:00 am: Breakfast