Major League Hacking 2020 Hackathon Season

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.

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, 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.


Stacie Sheldon

Sketching UX: Designing a Homepage

Workshop by Stacie Sheldon, Director, User Research & Experience at Echo & Co

Valeria Surk

Product Management: User-Centric Approach

Workshop by Valeria Surk, Product Manager at Veson Nautical

Shiri Dori-Hacohen

Giving in Networking and Negotiation: how to add values to others for fun and profit

Workshop by Shiri Dori-Hacohen, CEO of AuCoDe & UMass Alum

Quentin Dupupet and Emily Dzwil

Introduction to Modeling and Machine Learning

Workshop by Quentin Dupupet and Emily Dzwil, Junior Data Scientists at MassMutual

Aaron Yeats

Three Powerful Google Cloud 
Products for Your Project

Workshop by Aaron Yeats at Google Cloud Platform


Introduction to Programming in the Beehive with Python

Workshop by HackHer413


Building a Solar-Powered Bugbot!

Workshop by HackHer413

Shuchi Agrawal and Hadley Swello

Your First React App

Workshop by Shuchi Agrawal and Hadley Swello, Software Engineers at Wayfair

Elizabeth Mezias

How To? Bose Frames and Sound Touch APIs

Workshop by Elizabeth Mezias, Android Architect at Bose

Mary Michaud

Introduction to MongoDB Atlas

Workshop by Mary Michaud, Architect at Liberty Mutual

Jonathan Kovach

Ethical Hacking and How to Start Security Testing of Mobile Applications

Workshop by Jonathan Kovach, Software Engineer at Voatz


Bri Veillette

Build & Deploy a Web App using Docker

Workshop by Bri Veillette, Senior DevOps Engineer at IDEXX

Mohit Iyyer

Using Machine Learning to Understand Language

Workshop by Mohit Iyyer, Professor at CICS

David Fisher

Object Oriented Design

Workshop by David Fisher, Facilitator at CICS

Cameron Musco

Finding an Approximate Needle in a Haystack

Workshop by Cameron Musco, Assistant Professor at CICS

Our Venue

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

Buses to HackHer413!

Boston & Worcester

Saturday 6:15am

Departure from South Station Bus Terminal

Saturday 7:30am

Departure from Worcester Central Hub @ Union Station

Saturday 9:05am

Arrival at UMass

Sunday 4:30pm

Departure from UMass


Saturday 6:15am

Departure from Grand Central Station

Saturday 9:30am

Arrival at UMass

Sunday 4:30pm

Departure from UMass

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an invention marathon. Students come together to build cool software & hardware creations over 24 hours. It's very beginner friendly.

How much does it cost?

Nothing. Attending a hackathon is free!

Do I need to be a student to attend?

Yes. Only students who are currently enrolled at a college/university or have graduated in the last 12 months are eligible to attend.

I do not identify as a woman or non-binary student. Can I still participate?

Yes! You are able to apply as a volunteer or mentor. Volunteers and mentors will still have full access to the event in exchange for helping out. However, they will not be eligible to submit hacks for prizes.

Where is the event?

The event is being hosted at UMass Amherst in the Integrated Learning Center (ILC).

Are there travel reimbursements?

We will be offering limited spots on buses from Boston (with a stop in Worcester) & New York City. Participants will be able to sign up once they RSVP.

What is Major League Hacking?

Major League Hacking is the official student hackathon league in North America & Europe.
They work with over 200 Member Events and empower over 70,000 students every year.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes there is. We enforce it very strongly. You can find it here.

HackHer413 in the News

Members of the HackHer413 organizing team at a networking event

July 17, 2019 | By UMass Amherst News & Relations Staff

HackHer413 Holds Networking Event, Plans Hackathon for February

HackHer, written in balloons at the 2019 event

February 10, 2019 | By Kallan Angus

HackHer413: My Hackathon Experience

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