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She Hacks - Girl Geek Dinners Melbourne Hackathon (SOLD OUT)

Did you hear that Girl Geek Dinners Sydney is hosting their first ever Hackathon – SheHacks? Girl Geek Dinners Melbourne has decided to join in. Girl Geek Dinners Melbourne will be hosting Melbourne's first ever female hackathon. 

Your $20 donation will go to One Girl - because EVERY girl on the planet has the right to an education. One Girl is a non-profit organisation that gives women and girls access to education. We want to see a world where women and girls are creating and leading change in their communities.

The event runs over two days (you can go home and sleep!). Friday from 6pm – Midnight and Sat from 9am-6pm. Don’t worry if you don’t know anybody, groups will be formed on the Friday night.

There are only 30 spots and we will form 10 teams of 3 on the Friday night. 

The founder of She Hacks Melbourne is @tammybutow

26/2/14: We sold out in one week so we have added another 6 places! (That's another 2 teams).

27/2/14: We sold out the extra 6 tickets in a few hours (the first 3 went in 10min!) She Hacks is now sold out!




Mashery - The world's leading provider of API technology and services.

Inspire9 - Melbourne community coworking space. We're all about startups, ideas & creativity. 

NAB - More Give, Less Take

REA Group - REA owns and operates the leading real estate and commercial property advertising sites in Australia, and

Stripe - Stripe is a suite of APIs that powers commerce for businesses of all sizes.


RMIT - A global university of technology and design offering a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational degrees and diplomas.

Pin Payments - Pin Payments helps Australian companies sell to a global audience. No gateway or merchant account required.

The Fetch -  A what's happening city guide for professionals

Web Directions Code - Australia's JavaScript & HTML5 Developer Conference


We are currently seeking sponsors for prizes and giveaways - please get in touch @tammybutow or [masked]


Winning Team:

• $2500 in cash

• One month subscription at i9

•  1hr mentorship with Susan Wu (@Stripe. Investor/Advisor to startups such as Twitter, Square, Findery, more. Founding Partner at Obvious Corp (Medium). )

• 2hr session with a Zendesk senior engineer to help improve your project. 

• Mentorship with the Head of NAB's Women In Technology group (Dayle Stevens - Head of Technology, Enterprise Applications & Data Services at NAB). Thank you to NAB Women In Technology for the $2500 cash prize.  

• 2hr session with senior Squareweave team members on Social Enterprise and a 2hr session on design or development (your choice). 

• 2hr session with Gregarious Mammal on grant writing, community development, facilitation and technical consultancy

Tuts+ membership for the winning team (3 memberships)

•  A Pin Payments account with the first $10,000 worth of transactions being free ($330 value)

• 2hr session with Sarah Pulis, Adem Cifcioglu and Kim Chatterjee on digital accessibility

Runner-Up Team :

 Tuts+ membership for the runner-up team (3 memberships) 

• 2hr session with Gregarious Mammal on grant writing, community development, facilitation and technical consultancy

• 3 Jawbone devices (one for each team member) thanks to REA Group

Social Good Prize

• Announced on the day of judging! It's a great secret - big thanks to REA Group!

Door Prize

• A ticket to Web Directions Code - Australia's JavaScript & HTML5 Developer Conference - May 1 & 2 (Value: $999)


• Every participant will receive a She Hacks Goodie Sack (the contents are a surprise!)

• Every participant will receive $15,000 worth of free processing from Stripe 

• Zendesk will be giving away T-shirts, stickers and bottle openers. 

• Stripe will be giving away t-shirts and stickers

• Cupcakes from REA Group


Susan Wu@Stripe. Investor/Advisor to startups such as Twitter, Square, Findery, more. Founding Partner at Obvious Corp (Medium).

• Chantelle Baxter - Co-founder and Executive Director of One Girl

• Cyan Ta'eed - Co-founder of Envato, and an avid traveler!

Melina Chan - Founder of Kinyei. Loves mango season in Cambodia, daily avocadoes in Melbourne and asking the big questions. Jams @inspire9 and @trampolineday

Leni Mayo - Founding investor @ 99designs, flippa, Learnable, SitePoint, tweaky, mmgn. Software engineer.

• Cheryl Lin ( Busichic) - Editor @BusinessChic- office #streetstyle fashion & style advice. Author@LBDproject. Podcast @MelbInFashion

• Jason Cormier - Bringing Mashery products and services, and API knowledge and experience, to Australian businesses.


April Staines - Nerd, IT Security Architect at NAB, Software Developer, Robot Geek Chic and Pacific RC for the Mandalorian Mercs

• Indiana June - I'm creating a real life ‘choose your own adventure’ story and what happens next is completely up to you. Co-founder of  travel startup :)

Melina Chan - Loves mango season in Cambodia, daily avocadoes in Melbourne and asking the big questions. Jams @inspire9 and @trampolineday

Fiona Tweedie - Roman historian, community wrangler, Open Knowledge ambassador, brunch aficionado. Almost certainly contains cake.

Jade Deutrom -  Fitzroy Academy of GSD Alumni and Facilitator.

• Kat Loughrey - Curator at @thefetchmelb and Digital Content Editor in the sporting and entertainment industry. Information junkie and wannabe minimalist. "The future belongs to the curious."

Georgi Payne-Billard - young melbourne designer at Cornwell; passionate note taker; running enthusiast; iPhone photographer; curious about everything & anything; love great ideas.

Danielle Reid - Art turned entrepreneur: Co-founding @capsulefm. Obsessive visual documentation. Zoology. @sandbox_network member. 

Nicola Gracie - Founder FitIntegrate. Inspired by possibilities; driven to create. Curious by nature; entrepreneur by nurture - kooky by default :P 

Anne Wu - Happiness Engineer @GetCoinJar - tipping at the intersection of tech + yoga - hoop dancer - seeker of equanimity - infinite wanderlust


She Hacks has been featured in Startup Smart: "Australia is gearing up to host our first all-female hackathons in Sydney and Melbourne". 

She Hacks has been featured in The Age / SMH: "Where are the female hackers?"

Event Program


6:00pm: Guest arrival and registration

6:30pm: Welcome and lightning talks

Susan Wu - Hackathons

 Melina Chan - Hustling

• Georgi Payne-Billard - Hipstering

Jason Cormier - Hacking

Erica Smith - Hacking

7:00pm: Pitches and group formation

7:30pm: Dinner

9:00pm: Start Hacking

Midnight: Close doors


9:00am: Doors open

9:30 am: Breakfast

11:00am: Yoga break for 30min with Tarryn (Lighten Your Life)

12:00pm: Lunch

3:30pm: Suggested Tools Down

4:00pm: Presentations

5:00pm: Voting

5:30pm: Awards of prizes and photos

6:00pm: End of She Hacks till next year


What is a Hackathon?
An event in which a people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. 

Is there a theme for the event?
Yes, the theme is 'Communities & Neighbourhoods'. This can be anything from 'an app that lets you rank the best food places in the cbd', 'an app about upcoming events in Melbourne' etc.

How big are the teams?
Teams of 3 should be formed.

What if I sign-up alone or don’t have a group?
Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone attending. Groups will be formed on the Friday night, there will be lots of time to mingle and get to know other attendees.

How much does the Hackathon cost?
We are asking for a $20 donation from all participants which will go to One Girl - because EVERY girl on the planet has the right to an education. One Girl is a non-profit organisation that gives women and girls access to education. We want to see a world where women and girls are creating and leading change in their communities.

Will there be coffee and food?
Yes - big thanks to Mashery!

Who is this aimed at?
Women of any age with programming, design, user experience or project management skills. There are limited spaces however, and we will attempt to select the applicants who we feel will get the most benefit out of the event.

I can't code, can I still attend?
Yes! In fact, a well-rounded team of different skill sets might just give you the advantage! (Think Hipster (designer), Hacker (programmer) and Hustler (marketing and business - growth hacker).

What do I need to bring?
A working laptop, and a desire to contribute! You must be able to attend both days.

Can men attend?
Yes, but as per the GGD guidelines you need to be accompanied by a Girl Geek. Given the limited spaces available, priority will be given to female applicants.

What language can I code in?
Anything you desire!

Who owns the code that I write?
You do, unless you’re using something that belongs to someone else.

I have an idea, can I pitch it?
Yes, we will be having time at the beginning of the event on Friday for those of you that already have an idea you’d like to see come to life. The theme of the event will be 'Communities and Neighbourhoods'.

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  • Melanie

    Will there be a 2015 she hacks in melbourne?

    1 · March 17, 2015

  • Victoria C.

    Thank you so so much Tammy for organising such a rewarding event. It's been a real game changer for me and it sounds like others are feeling the same way. Our Garage-sale team met with the first mentor on Tuesday eve and we've decided to document our meetings with the mentors so that everyone can benefit from the stella advice and exercises we're getting on how to run an early stage startup. I will be blogging here :

    (Also if any of you talented ladies are interested in the pop-up events/food/shops space or know anyone who is, please holla at me! Love to chat.)

    2 · April 10, 2014

    • Shristi

      Awesome post Victoria! Interesting things to think about. Looking forward to the next one!

      1 · April 10, 2014

  • Sally P

    Absolutely a fantastic event! I learned so much and am inspired by so many amazing women. Thank you to Tammy and April for such a great event.

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Rhiana H.

    Fantastic event, really well run

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Tammy B.

    Thank you so much to everyone who has provided really detailed feedback via popsurvey! It is so helpful and we will use it to make 2015 so much better. This was our first time running a large hackathon and we know there is so much we can do to improve She Hacks. It is great that you are all so willing to share your ideas, this is so helpful!

    Remember that you are all amazing, I have gone to so many hackathons where at the end there were teams who had nothing to pitch or people who just left half way through the event. Be proud of yourselves that you all worked so hard, you all created something amazing and you all did a great job at pitching. Everyone came back on Day 2 and stayed right till the end! Amazing!

    I was so impressed with what you all created, it was a very difficult decision for the judges! Keep on hacking everyone and let's all stay in touch via the Facebook group and go along to more hackathons together.

    2 · March 24, 2014

  • Michele M.

    #She Hacks

    I was totally out of my comfort zone but that’s not a bad thing considering that is what is asked of my students every day, so it was a good reminder to me how that feels and what strategies I can employ to make it work for me, and this is what I am able to pass on to my students when I mentor them. I was lucky to be working with women who were programmers, developers, marketers and start-ups and the knowledge and insight they were willing to share was mind blowing and has given me so much to consider in my own business.

    So what did I come away with? I came away with having met some talented women who are doing incredible things in the tech world, a greater understanding of what my own business ‘Creative Works’’ problem is, how my business can alleviate the problem and how I can have a call to action. And that is a WIN, WIN outcome of attending #She Hacks!

    2 · March 24, 2014

  • Stefania

    This was a great event and so much fun. Thanks for making my first hackathon such an enjoyable experience!

    2 · March 23, 2014

  • Annmarie M.

    Loved every second of it. So many amazing talented women. Inspiring stuff. Thanks to Tammy & all involved.

    2 · March 23, 2014

  • Liza

    Great event and a very eye-opening experience. Thanks to everyone who made it possible!

    3 · March 23, 2014

  • April S.

    Hope everyone had an awesome weekend. We are collating the meeting on the weekend so be sure to check out twitter for the #SheHacks Hashtag. List to Tammy Butow as she Kicks off #SheHacks Melbourne 2014. #SheHacksMelb @GGDMelb

    2 · March 23, 2014

  • Athy G.

    Highly recommended...! A very worthwhile event.

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Tammy B.

    Everyone is so amazing! I am so inspired by you all :)
    I've created this Facebook group for She Hacks Melbourne 2014 - please join in and use it to stay in touch.

    March 22, 2014

  • Marissa

    Well organised, great food, wonderful to meet other women in tech and hear from different mentors!

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Trang


    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Amelia S

    It was a great learning experience and I'm looking forward to the next one!

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Olga D.

    Awesome ! Great organization, great people -atendees, mentors and judges-, fantastic vibe. Thanks !

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Liz

    Awesome event!

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Jude G

    SheHacks was an amazing, enlightening and inspiring event. I am so excited about the new skills I've learnt, new friends I've made and great mentors I've connected with. The possibilities are endless!

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Bronwen

    Hey all if anyone is keen to do a write up of the event for me on StartupSmart, please send me an email at [masked] - it would be great to have it to publish on Monday. Thanks Bronwen

    1 · March 21, 2014

    • Tammy B.

      Thanks Bronwen! Lisy Kane is keen to do a write up :) She has been taking notes during the hackathon! Thanks, Tammy

      March 22, 2014

  • Magda

    Hi all, sad that RSVP is closed for this event so if you happen to open more seats i would be keen to attend. Anyhow thanks for the coordination of this great meetup

    March 21, 2014

  • Bronwen

    Hi all, I won't be there, but will pop in to the event for Startup Smart. Good luck.

    March 21, 2014

  • Tammy B.

    Hi All, RSVPs close for She Hacks today at 5pm. We hope you are all looking forward to it and can make it, but if you are no longer able to attend can you please change your RSVP to no today so that another member can take your place. If you change your RSVP after 5pm today then we will not be able to fill your place. We have already submitted the catering orders with dietary requirements. Thanks! Tammy

    March 19, 2014

  • Kelly H.

    Hi Tammy I'm sorry I'm not able to join after all and I was so looking forward to it! Hopefully someone else can take up my spot. Have a great weekend! Thanks Kelly

    March 19, 2014

    • Tammy B.

      Hi Kelly, that is a shame, sorry to hear! Thank you for changing your RSVP to no so that someone else can join in. Tammy

      March 19, 2014

  • Bei Y.

    I am so lucky. Finally I got a ticket!!!

    1 · March 18, 2014

    • Tammy B.

      Congratulations Bei! See you soon :) 2 days!

      March 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it anymore :(

    Any takers for a ticket?

    March 18, 2014

    • Tammy B.

      Hi Lyn, sorry to hear that! If you can't make it can you please change your RSVP to no so that someone else can come along. There is a waiting list - thanks!

      March 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Done, have fun everyone!

      1 · March 18, 2014

  • Maia B.

    Hi Tammy - I'm so sorry for a late withdrawal.. something's come up and I can no longer make it. Hope the weekend goes really well and thanks for organising! Maia

    March 16, 2014

    • Tammy B.

      Hi Maia, sorry to hear but no problems at all! I'm just sending through the catering details now and someone quickly grabbed your spot so all is ok. Hope to see you at Startup Weekend Women! Tammy

      March 17, 2014

  • Aj M.


    1 · March 15, 2014

    • Tammy B.

      Will be great to have you join us AJ! Congrats on snapping up a ticket :)

      March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there, unfortunately i've had to change my rsvp to no. but good news - that opens up a spot for someone on the waiting list. hope it's an awesome event. it sounds like it will be. :)

    March 12, 2014

    • Tammy B.

      Hi Kristen, sorry to hear that but no problems at all! That spot was snapped up in a flash (2mins!?). Thanks for giving another GGDMelber the chance to come along!

      March 13, 2014

  • Marissa

    Hello, Will there be charging stations and wifi?

    1 · February 17, 2014

    • Tammy B.

      Hi Marissa, yes there will! She Hacks will be at an awesome co-working space in Richmond that has tons of desks, power and great wifi :)

      1 · February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to attend but PayPal has put a block on my credit card (because they're snots). Any other way to pay?

    February 15, 2014

    • Tammy B.

      Hi Louise, Sure thing - please just email me [masked] and we can work it out.

      February 15, 2014

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