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Girl Develop It Hackathon!

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  • 1313 Innovation

    1313 N Market St, Wilmington, DE (map)

    39.749035 -75.546211

  • Join us as we host the first-ever East Coast regional Girl Develop It Hackathon in Wilmington, DE! As part of #CSEdWeek and with support from the Capital One Foundation, we are excited to welcome you to a day of learning, “hacking” and collaborating with Girl Develop It community members from across the region — with members traveling to participate from GDI chapters in DC, Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, Camden County and beyond! Bonus: We’ll be keeping in touch with our West Coast GDI chapters who are hosting a hackathon in Seattle at the same time!

    Hackathon Schedule At-a-Glance

    Friday, 5:30-9pm: Brainstorming, idea generation, meet-and-greet & more

    Saturday, 8am-5:30pm: Skills workshops, building, presenting (with breaks!)

    Please note: this is not an overnight event.

    What's a hackathon?

    Never attended a hackathon before...but always been a little curious? This is the hackathon for you!

    Traditionally, a hackathon is an event in which programmers, graphic designers, content strategists, interface designers, project managers, subject matter experts and more collaborate intensively on projects for a dedicated amount of time, usually a full weekend.

    What's different about a Girl Develop It hackathon?

    If you’ve ever been to a Girl Develop It class or event, you know that we prioritize a few important values. Our values are embedded in all we do, so this hackathon is no different! What you can expect: a friendly, welcoming and inclusive environment that is supportive, values all questions and is judgment-free! We welcome beginners of all levels and seek to make this event as accessible as possible. Here’s how:

    • We want beginners! It's hard when you're first starting in tech. There's so much to learn, everyone seems to know what they're doing, and no one has time for your questions, right? Not here. In true Girl Develop It spirit, this hackathon is all about giving beginners a way to level up their skills and their confidence.

    • Non-competitive. You might see that some hackathons have a judging component, and offer prizes to winners at the end after a long weekend of non-stop hacking. This hackathon removes the idea of competition, so that you can focus on the learning and supporting others in the community.

     Mindful of health. One of the big reasons that we don't do an overnight hackathon over the entire weekend is because we want our events to be accessible and comfortable for our participants.  This shorter schedule reduces stress and doesn't eat up your whole weekend. Not to mention, we won't feed you pizza and junk food the whole weekend!

    Please read our Code of Conduct to learn more about our community and learning environment guidelines.

    RSVP FOR THE GIRL DEVELOP IT HACKATHON ON TICKETLEAP: Get your tickets here! 
    Please note: You must reserve tickets via Ticketleap. An RSVP on Meetup alone will not get you access to the event. 

    Why should I come?

    • Meet new people! Hackathons are one of the best ways to meet new people and build meaningful relationships with them that will last beyond a weekend.

    • You'll be learning, and so will everyone else! This is a chance to try out a hackathon with beginners like you and where everyone is working on exciting projects with support from mentors.

    • The community is irreplaceable. You'll meet a bunch of women who are interested in your success. The Girl Develop It community is truly inclusive and supportive of all its members.

    • Level up your skills. Hackathons are a great way to challenge yourself to build something with constraints.

    Who should attend?

    First-timers all around the region! This hackathon is all about demystifying what a hackathon is and the people who go to them. Hackathons often have a variety of talents in addition to code.

    If you’ve ever taken a Girl Develop It class, worked on an online tech tutorial, or have a few coding skills under your belt, this is a great opportunity to take the skills you’ve learned and apply them to a collaborative project working with like-minded individuals.

    Even if you haven’t attended any classes yet, you’re totally welcome to join! Beginners and the tech-curious are especially encouraged to attend, as are experienced technologists who are interested in sharing their knowledge and skills while working on projects that they are passionate about.

    How do projects work?

    Any participant can propose a project idea for a team to work on prior to the event. We only ask that project leaders be present at GDI Hackathon for both days of the event.

    Friday evening will be our brainstorming session, and project leaders will have the opportunity to present their idea to the group at large. Participants can choose which projects they would like to work on then.

    All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct.

    Want to help out? Have questions? Email us at [masked].

    Thank you to Capital One for their support of this event!

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  • Michelle M.

    I have zero coding experience but am looking to get into it. Would it be worth it for me to attend and see what's going on, or should I have some experience first?

    5 days ago

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