February 8-9, 2020

Amherst, MA

The first all-women (cis and trans) and non-binary students' hackathon in Western Massachusetts.

Over the course of 24 hours, hackathon participants are encouraged to learn and develop new technical skills, network with sponsor company representatives, and innovate with passion.

This hackathon is entirely student organized and aims to increase diversity and inclusion in the technology industry. Our second annual hackathon will be from February 8th to 9th, 2020 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.




Sponsor Companies



What is a Hackathon?

hak-uh-thon • noun

1. A hackathon is a 24-hour technology marathon where participants form teams to collaborate in creating unique programming or hardware projects to present to a panel of judges and win prizes while attending workshops, fun mini-events, and collecting awesome swag.

Learning and Exploring
New Technologies

Participants have access to interactive workshops on areas including data science, robotics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, product management, Python (and more) taught by industry professionals and professors.

Career Development and Opportunities

Students are given the opportunity to participate in our career fair, interview onsite with sponsor companies, network exclusively with company representatives, and attend career development sessions.

Open to All Levels:
Beginner and Beginner++

HackHer413 is inclusive of all levels of computer science. We encourage undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D students to attend. Come write your first line of code with us, or come show us all you know!

Free of Cost for Admission
and Bus Transportation

This hackathon has free admission. Bring your passion, excitement, and thinking caps! We will also be coordinating free bus coaches from New York City, Boston (and possibly more locations) for participants to get to the venue.

Get Involved

We encourage all gender identities to get involved with Hack(H)er413 through volunteering, mentoring, judging, recruiting or tabling with us!

Student Ambassadors

HackHer413 has student ambassadors from other universities represent HackHer413 on their university campus.

Applications for 2020 ambassadors are now closed.

Be a Volunteer

Join us at HackHer413 as a volunteer to help with briefing sponsors, checking in participants, and supporting the hackathon.

Technical Mentors

Our mentors on the day-of help students with their passion projects by supporting them both technically and surrounding product.

A Look Back at 2019

  • Event held on February 9th and 10th, 2019
  • 300 participants, sponsors, and volunteers
  • Over 40 projects submitted
  • Students from computer science, mathematics, biological sciences, business, economics, engineering, humanities & fine arts, and other fields.

Check Out Last Year's Event!

The HackHer413 Experience

Our mission is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all women (cis and trans) and non-binary students of all ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds and identities to come innovate, learn, and feel safe while doing so!


Attend Workshops with Professors and Industry

Our sponsors will deliver beginner-level interactive workshops on industry material. Esteemed professors will be giving advance-level talks on their areas of specialization.


Land an Internship or Full-Time Offer at our Career Fair

All sponsor companies are looking to hire talent for internship or full-time opportunities through HackHer413, so bring your resume and your best pitch!


Brainstorm, Collaborate, Create, to Win an Award

Team-forming events, mentors, abundance of hardware, and an API directory to provide you with the resources you need to create your hack and win an award!


Network with Industry Reps in "Coffee with Mentors"

With the small sponsor to attendee ratio in "Coffee with Mentors", attendees get one-on-one time with industry reps to network and learn from their experiences.


Indulge in the #1 University Dining Halls in the U.S

As an attendee, you have access to the #1 Dining Halls in the country at UMass Amherst as ranked by the Princeton Review. All meals are provided for by HackHer413.


Engage in "Real Talk" a fishbowl on #WomenInTech

Empower yourself and others by participating in our close-knit "Real Talk" fishbowl discussion surrounding women and non-binary individuals in technology.


Participate in Tracks: Beginner and Beginner++

Inclusive to individuals of all coding levels from beginner to advanced. All events and workshops are organized based on our Beginner and Beginner++ tracks.


Launch Your Start-Up or Product and Receive Funding

Fun fact: a 2019 award-winning team won $7,500 to launch their product from the Isenberg Innovation Challenge and are now CEOs of their hack!

Introducing Our Keynote Speaker

Renu Chipalkatti

Renu Chipalkatti

Renu is a passionate intrapreneur and led Innovation and new business development programs at Verizon. Previously, Renu served as the Global Head for New Business Incubation at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, where she was responsible for the development and commercialization of new products and services. Her portfolio included IoT, Data Analytics and Security solutions for vertical markets. As an early internet pioneer, she co-founded Superpages.com, a leading online yellow pages service, and helped it grow into a profitable business in 4 years. Additionally, she initiated and successfully launched multiple internet-based services delivering over $300M in revenue.

We are excited and honored to welcome Renu as our keynote speaker for the hackathon. Renu is a graduate of UMass Amherst's College of Information and Computer Sciences and is a member of the prestigious advisory board.


HackHer413's tracks are categories we utilize to organize events at the hackathon so participants can have an understanding of the difficulty/programming level before attending. Any participant can attend any event under any track!


  • Designed for for undergraduate students and first-time programmers
  • Includes interactive introductory workshops delivered by sponsor companies
  • Curates meet-ups for beginners in technology
  • Optimal track for learning how to code and exploring different languages/technologies


  • Designed for for graduate and Ph.D. students along with advanced programmers
  • Includes workshops delivered by computer science and engineering professors from UMass Amherst on their research/doctoral dissertations
  • Optimal track for exploring further academia and learning concepts outside the classroom


Check out a preview of the workshops being offered this year! The full list of workshops will be available at the event.


Workshops Coming Soon!


Mohit Iyyer

Workshop by Mohit Iyyer

Deep Neural Networks for Traditional Natural Language Processing Tasks

Peter Haas

Workshop by Peter Haas

Information Management; Data Mining, Analytics, and Exploration of Massive Data

Our Venue

HackHer413 2020 will be held in the Integrated Learning Center (ILC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

Meet Our Organizing Team

Our leaders in technology, marketing, finance, sponsorship, outreach, operations, and more.

Disha Srivastava


Nila Abhirami Sadeeshkumar

Assistant Director

Maryam Mullenix

Head of Creative Marketing

Vindhya Rachur

Head of Logistics

Corinne Greene

Co-Head of Outreach

Lauretta Imuze

Co-Head of Outreach

Diana Silva

Head of Finance

Shreya Sawant

Head of Social Media

Victoria Okoro

Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Sarah Manlove


Nandini Sivakumar

Hardware | Fuse @ UMass

Alicia Bochnak

Technology | Fuse @ UMass