HackHer413 is a hackathon for women and nonbinary students hosted at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Over the course of 24 hours, hackathon participants are encouraged to learn new skills, network, and build something that they are passionate about. This student-run hackathon aims to help increase diversity in the tech industry. We hope you can join us!
Get help from mentors
Learn from professionals
Grow your skillset
Discover new industries
Meet students from other majors
Roam the beautiful UMass campus
Get acquainted with new technologies
Build something new
Solve real-world problems
Create your own software
Be proud of what you’ve accomplished
Apply to be volunteer! By filling out this form below, you are completing the first step to support HackHer413 in creating an encouraging space for women and non-binary students to learn and innovate with technology. Volunteers come from any university and can identify as any gender but they must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers will have access to the entire event and all of its resources in exchange for helping out. Once the application is complete, we will contact you directly with next steps. Come be(e) a part of change!
HackHer413’s mission to increase diversity in the tech industry will be present throughout our entire event. Our goal manifests into three categories: empowering, connecting, and inspiring students. From start to finish, here’s how HackHer413 will embody these goals.
Interested in talking to mentors about their career paths? Take a break from your hack and join us for Coffee With Mentors! Throughout the hackathon, we’ll have a space (and provide coffee and snacks!) where participants can sit down and talk to mentors about anything, ranging from advice to the mentor’s career to their favorite programming language!
Being a beginner at a Hackathon can be intimidating. To combat this, we’re creating a Beginner Track! This track provides a schedule full of suggested workshops, events, and resources for beginners to make the most of the 24-hours.
Impostor Syndrome is real. We will have a round table event called Real Talk for anyone to come and share their experience in tech! We will discuss not only the amazing feats by people in the industry but also brainstorm ways to improve inclusivity in the tech world.
More events will be added closer to the event!
Schedule of Events
Schedule of Events
This year we are happy to announce we will be providing free round trip buses to the event from both New York and Boston. Bus tickets will require a deposit of $10 that will be reimbursed once you board the bus. More details on the timing and logistics are on the sign up page once you RSVP for the event on our dashboard. Tickets are limited so secure yours today!
Julie graduated with Honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor's degree in Computer and Information Science. She started her career as a software engineer for Motorola and then held various roles as a member of the engineering teams at Enterasys Networks and Lucent Technologies. Julie joined EMC in August, 2007 and has been both an individual contributor and team leader. Originally joining to work on the Celerra product, she has worked on many of the mid-range product offerings including VNX, VNXe and Unity. Julie currently leads the NGMPG Product and Delivery Team at Dell EMC for the next-gen mid-range product offering. Responsibilities include driving process, planning and execution across the extended development team. Additionally, her team provides system integration expertise to both external and internal development partners evaluating, driving and validating system solutions. She is happy to say that she has participated in several hackathons while at Dell EMC and is excited for the opportunity to be involved in the first HackHer413!
Best Hardware Hack: Best use of physical components.
Best Design: Best aesthetic or artistic hack.
We're looking for the most creative and technically robust solutions to address a user's needs!
Best Social Good Hack: Best hack that benefits members of a community.
Best Equality Hack: Best hack that helps underrepresented minorities.
We're looking for the most inspirational hacks that address a humanitarian cause!
Empower Each Other
Best Beginner Hack: Best hack from a team comprised of beginner hackers.
Best Hack Outside of the Box: A creative hack that does not necessarily incorporate code.
We're looking for hacks that empower others to pursue innovation, explore new fields, and get out of their comfort zones!
A hackathon is an invention marathon. Students come together to build cool software & hardware creations over 24 hours. It’s very beginner friendly.
Nothing. Attending a hackathon is free!
Yes. Only students who are currently enrolled at a college/university or have graduated in the last 12 months are eligible to attend.
Yes! You are able to apply as a volunteer. Volunteers will still have full access to the event in exchange for helping out. However, they will not be eligible to submit hacks for prizes.
The event is being hosted at UMass Amherst in the Integrated Learning Center (ILC).
We will be offering limited spots on a bus from Boston, MA and from New York City, NY. Participants can sign up once they RSVP.
Honeybees operate in colonies where all the worker bees are female - from the nurse bees to the battle/warrior bees. We thought it was a good representation of women working hard and working together to solve problems!
Major League Hacking is the official student hackathon league in North America & Europe. We work with over 200 Member Events and empower over 70,000 students every year.
Yes there is. We enforce it very strongly. You can find it here.
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