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The first Seven Sisters Colleges hackathon

March 2 - 3, 2019

Bryn Mawr College

What is SisterHacks?

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.

Group Photo
SisterHacks Group Photo
A Team Photo

*We realize that not all students of Seven Sisters schools identify as women and we welcome all transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming students.

Our Team

Jocelyn Dunkley
Jocelyn Dunkley
Founder and Organizer
Bryn Mawr '20
Kellie Dinh
Kellie Dinh
Bryn Mawr '19

Nisha Choudhary
Nisha Choudhary
Sponsorship Team
Bryn Mawr '21
Anh Nguyen
Anh Nguyen
Sponsorship Team
Bryn Mawr '20

Phyllis Wei
Publicity Team
Wellesley '21
Elia Anagnostou
Activities and Workshops Team
Bryn Mawr '21
Arielle Dede
Activities and Workshops Team
Smith '22

Sarah Seidman
Campus Liaison
Barnard '21
Juliana Milani
Campus Liaison
Vassar '21


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 and we will get back to you ASAP!

Travel Reimbursements

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 and Juliana will help you out.

Wellesley: Your representative - Phyllis Wei '21
The Computer Science department will fund travel to Philadelphia for SisterHacks. Email 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 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 1st

7:00 pm: Participants begin arriving and check in
Vans depart 30th Street Station every hour, last van at 11 pm.

Team Formation!

March 2nd

8:00 am: Breakfast
9:30 am: Team Formation pt 2 / Ideation time!
10:00 am: Opening Ceremony (Park 245)
10:30 am: Keynote Speaker - Lynda Pak (BMC '90), Vice President, Strategic Business at Estee Lauder (Park 245)
11 am: Product Design Thinking Workshop - Olivia Greene (BMC '11), Digital Project Manager (Park 363C)

12 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Introduction to Git Workshop - Eva Herzog (BMC '10), Software Engineer (Park 363C)

2:00 pm: Web Development Workshops + Making Tech Accessible to Middle and High School Students Q&A (Park 255)
3:00 pm: Alumnae in Tech Tea! Co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr Sudo Hoot (Park 245)

4:00 pm: Data Science with R Workshop - Jessica Magness, Senior Data Analyst (Park 363C)

4 - 6 pm: 3-D Printing Modeling Workshop and Demo hosted by Bryn Mawr Engineers and Makers (Park 255)

4:45 pm: Campus Tour w/ Bryn Mawr College Tour Guides (Meet in front of Park 245)

6:00 pm: Dinner

6:30 pm: Acapella concert (Park atrium)

9:00 pm: Face masks and tea bag making! (Park atrium)
9:30 pm: Meditation (Park 253)
10 pm: Seven Sisters Jeopardy! (Park 245)

11:45 pm: Midnight snack

March 3rd

8:00 am: Breakfast
10:00 am: Hacking ends - Submit projects to Devpost
11:00 am: Closing ceremony - Winners announced!
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Participants begin leaving, trains depart for Philadelphia