The women-centric hackathon @ Rutgers

February 22-23, 2020 // Cook Student Center // New Brunswick, NJ


At the sixth iteration of HackHERS, the annual, women-centric hackathon at Rutgers University, over 400 students from colleges throughout the U.S. will come together for 24 hours to turn their ideas into reality. HackHERS is organized by Rutgers Women in Computer Science, in collaboration with the Douglass Project for Women in STEM.

Attendees will enjoy a weekend of awesome tech, food, swag, workshops, and mini-events while learning from distinguished speakers, inspiring mentors, and peers. Students will come together and get involved in learning, planning, and developing projects– ranging from web applications to hardware hacks–with the ultimate goal of fostering growth and productivity among women who want to code.

We want to create a space where women feel empowered to create with code and explore tech culture, and we invite everyone to help us achieve that. **We use the inclusive definition of “women” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.


Get updates on everything HackHERS by signing up below! Come build using software or hardware with other hackers!

Sign up as a volunteer and/or mentor and help with the behind-the-scenes logistics!
Volunteers are a huge helping hand and help make sure the hackathon runs smoothly.
Mentors serve as a resource for hackers who may have questions about their project.

Anyone of any gender can hack, volunteer or mentor and help make HackHERS a success!
**Please note to be a volunteer or mentor, you must register as a participant.



8:00 AM   Doors Open - check in Sponsors
8:30 AM    Doors Open - check in Participants
9:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM   Opening Ceremony
10:30 AM   Hacking Begins
10:30 AM   Team Building, Hackathon 101, and Brainstorming Session
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Interview Prep with Fizzbuzz
12:00 PM   Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:30PM iCIMS Tech Talk
1:45 PM - 2:45PM Pre-HackHERS #1 Android Workshop
3:00 PM   Snack
3:00 PM - 4:00PM Fiserv Teck Talk
4:15 PM - 5:15PM Pre-HackHERS #2 Twilio API Workshop
6:00 PM - 7:00PM Google Cloud Tech Talk
7:00 PM    Dinner
8:00 PM    Cookie Decorating
10:00 PM-11:00 PM Jeopardy
11:00 PM - 12:00AM Fireside Chat with Out In Tech and Bubble Tea


1:00 AM    Midnight Meal
1:30 AM   Women in Tech Sleepover and Movie
8:30 AM    Breakfast
9:00 AM    How to Submit your Hack Workshop
10:00 AM   Hacking Ends
10:30 AM   Clean up
11:00 AM   DRC Award, Demos, and Judging
12:30 PM   Closing Ceremony
1:00 PM     Clean up


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where curious people get together to work on developing software projects in a short amount of time, usually anywhere between 24-36 hours. Participants form a team, come up with an idea, plan it, and then implement the code for it.

What is a women-centric hackathon, and why have a women-centric hackathon?

HackHERS is a hackathon geared towards women, but we are not women-exclusive. We allow people of all genders to participate because closing the gender gap in technology is an issue that everyone needs to partake in.

There are so many reasons why more women should be involved in tech, yet there are still barriers present to this day that contribute to underrepresentation. If we started including more women in tech, productivity will not only increase, but also the availability of solutions and products will increase with a diverse workforce. We want to emulate such an environment within HackHERS.

I identify as a male—does that mean I can attend then?

Yes! It is very important to us that all genders work together and build awesome projects!

I don’t have any coding experience, can I still participate?

OF COURSE! A hackathon provides the perfect environment to learn how to code. As long as you have an open mind and are willing to learn, we guarantee you will get something out of it. We also tailor HackHERS to be beginner-friendly, so we will be providing workshops all throughout the day, and there will be volunteer and mentors ready to answer any questions you may have.

I don’t feel comfortable going in without some experience...

We understand, and we got you! Every year, we host a series of workshops about a week before HackHERS called "Pre-HackHERS", in which we cover topics such as basic web development, how to use git and github, etc. We also provide professional development workshops as well. More details about Pre-HackHERS 2019 will be released on our Facebook page.

How much will it cost?

HackHERS is 100% FREE! That includes admission, food, swag, etc. You do not have to pay anything for anything, we just ask that you come with an open mind, put in honest effort, and have a positive attitude :)

Where will HackHERS take place?

HackHERS will take place at the Cook Student Center (formerly know as Cook Campus Center) in the Cook/Douglass campus of Rutgers University – New Brunswick. Click here for directions.

If you are planning on driving, there will be event parking available. Non-Rutgers students may park at Lot 76, Lot 99C, or Lot 99D. Rutgers students with registered vehicles are NOT allowed to park in these lots. Email to find out how to register for parking.

Do I need a team?

Totally up to you! You do not have to come to HackHERS with a predetermined team; however, we still do encourage team work (it is a valuable skill!) and meeting new people. If you are worried you will not have a team before the hackathon, we will be providing a team-building event the day of.

Please note though that you can only have up to four members on a team. Each individual can only submit one project.

Can I come if I am still in high school?

Unfortunately, due to Rutgers policy, we cannot allow high schoolers to attend HackHERS :( however we will still encourage and support you to learn and build to your heart’s content on your own! You are more than welcome to email us and ask any questions about how to get started.

What about travel/reimbursements?

Unfortunately, due to Rutgers administration policy, we are unable to provide travel reimbursements or buses to HackHERS :( We are willing to work with you and/or your group to arrange cheap travel to the event.

What should I bring?

We will be checking ID's, so please remember to bring your student ID and/or government-issued ID. Because this is an overnight event, you may want to bring a sleeping bag, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a change of clothes. You should also bring a laptop, and if you have one, an extension cord.

This looks like a cool event! Can we get involved?

Absolutely! If you want to sponsor us, please email and we will connect you with our sponsorship team.

What is with the dinosaur?

Diano is our mascot, and she isn't just any dinosaur. She's a dinosaur that hacks. Why wouldn't you love a dinosaur that also hacks?

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes. As an MLH member event, we abide by and uphold the MLH Code of Conduct. The tl;dr is to treat everyone with respect and harassment and abuse will not be tolerated under any circumstances. HackHERS is meant to be welcoming event to everyone.

My question is not on here!

Feel free to email us at with any further questions you may have and we will get back to you as soon as possible!


In partnership with

Special thanks to Jacqueline Hong - Faculty Advisor


  • Sonya Gande

    HackHERS Executive Director
  • Sanhitha Cherukupally

    HackHERS Executive Director
  • Madhu Sivaraj

    Experience Committee
  • Sunny Feng

    Experience Committee
  • Atmika Ponnusamy

    Sponsorship/Budgeting Committee
  • Rakshaa Ravishankar

    Sponsorship/Budgeting Committee
  • Rithika Korrapolu

    Tech Committee
  • Varna Chandar

    Tech Committee
  • Nithi Kumar

    Events Committee
  • Ilana Zane

    Events Committee
  • Raina Gupta

    Marketing and Design Committee
  • Samantha Lee

    Marketing and Design Committee
  • Deepika Onteru

    Marketing and Design Committee