The 11th National
May 25 to June 1, 2022

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Join the movement of girls coding across Canada!

26000

Girls participated in previous Hackergal Hackathons!

600

Schools and organizations joined the movement!

1000

Creative projects coded by girls across Canada!
WHEN

May 25th to June 1st, 2022

WHERE

Virtually across Canada!

WHO

Girls in grades 6-9

Hackergal uses an inclusive definition of “girls” and “women”. We welcome the participation of all learners who identify as girls, including trans learners, as well as genderqueer and non-binary learners.

Making BIG change through community!

Hackathon Week Schedule

A week-long Hackathon inviting girls across Canada to code an interactive project with a powerful social impact. “Making BIG change through community!” is this year’s theme.

While you’re coding your project throughout the week, Hackergal will host a ton of exciting virtual events to meet other like-minded girls, get real-world inspiration from role models, learn new tech skills, and most importantly – have fun!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th

Hackathon Launch Party (Bilingual)

12:00-1:00pm EST

Your mission will finally be announced and it’s time to start coding your Hackathon project! Join our kick-off event to find out all the juicy details, including speakers and prizes!

THURSDAY, MAY 26th

Choose which webinar you want to join:

1:00-2:00pm EST

Let’s level up our projects! Join live Coding and Graphic Design Webinars with the Hackergal team to learn tips and tricks that will make your project stand out! Choose one of the three coding webinars to join:

  1. Sneaky Code – Adding fun hidden elements to your Hackathon project!
  2. Codons des boutons pour ton projet de Hackathon! (French only)
  3. Designing a Digital Logo for Your Hackathon Project!

SATURDAY, MAY 28th

Tech Trivia Adventure (Bilingual)

5:00-6:00pm EST

Tech Trivia Adventure is always a Hackergal Hackathon highlight! This lively and interactive event will inspire you to brush up on your women in tech knowledge and challenge you to take risks in a safe space!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1st

Hackathon Project Party

12:00-1:00pm EST

It’s the final countdown and we’re going to bring hundreds of girls together to have a national celebration to celebrate your hard work and progress in learning code! It’s time to submit your projects and have some fun!

📢 Hackathon Speakers 💬

Isabelle Bissonnette

Vice President Business Architecture, Technology, Infrastructure, and Innovation, CIBC

Julia Stoyko

Software Engineer at Google

Melanie Anderson

Director, Cryptographic Security and Systems Development, Communications Security Establishment

Sandra Kuan

Senior Marketing Designer, Sago Mini

Sam Horvath

Director of Data Empowerment, Shaw

Melany Bailette

UX/Product Lead, Intelliware

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Explore inspiring Hackathon projects from 2021!

Aleena, Grade 5
Ontario

Heidi, Grade 9
Ontario

Berkeley, Isla, & Kaia, Grade 6
British Columbia

FAQ

Who is a learner and who is a facilitator?

Learners are the girls in our program! As a participant in the Hackergal Hackathon Program, you are considered a learner.

Why girls only? Research has shown that women only represent 23% of STEM workers, a number that has increased by only 2% in 30 years. Our programming takes a gender-specific approach, ensuring girls are always the main focus. We consider the biases that may impact girls’ experiences and create a supportive learning environment to build their confidence and resilience.

Facilitators are the amazing people who host our program in schools and organizations across Canada. This includes teachers, librarians, and parents, to name a few! If you’re interested in facilitating the Hackergal Hackathon at your organization, please complete the sign-up form on Hackergal Hub and we’ll reach out to book an onboarding call.

Am I eligible to participate?

Hackergal uses an inclusive definition of “girls” and “women”. We welcome the participation of all learners who identify as girls, including trans girls, as well as genderqueer and non-binary learners. To be eligible for the Hackathon, participants must:

  • Identify as a girl
  • Live in Canada
  • Create a free account on Hackergal Hub & Lynx Coding Platform
  • Be in grades 6-9

What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is an exciting event, typically lasting several hours, that brings computer programmers together to participate in a time-sensitive challenge. The Hackergal Hackathon captures this concept, inviting learners to code a visual story or interactive game connected to a surprise social impact mission. The Hackathon starts on Weds. May 25th and you must code your project within 1 week by Weds. June 1st.

I am facilitating the Hackathon. How and when do I register for the Hackathon?

Registration for the Hackathon is offered through Eventbrite. If you are a facilitator running a Hackathon at your organization, you are encouraged to register on behalf of your group of learners by completing the registration form. This form will include a field to indicate the estimated number of learners attending and a confirmation email will be sent after with all the event details and join links. 

I would like to join the Hackathon. How and when do I register for the Hackathon?

Registration for the Hackathon is offered through Eventbrite. If you are a learner joining the Hackathon from home or without a school/organization, you can register by completing the registration form.

If you are a learner joining the Hackathon with an organization, like a school, your facilitator or teacher will register on behalf of every learner joining and she/her/they will send the event details and join links to you. 

What are the software requirements for Hackergal’s coding platform?

Hackergal’s Hackathon Program is fully digital! Hackergal Hub and Lynx Coding Platform are both web-based and available on any device connected to the internet (ie. Chromebooks, iPads, Tablets, any laptop or computer).

How has COVID-19 impacted the Hackergal Hackathon?

We are so pumped to continue to offer our Hackathon this year! Given the health and safety regulations in organizations across Canada, we have launched Hackergal Hub and adapted our curriculum to be self-paced so girls can learn to code whenever and wherever they want. We are also giving girls more time – the Hackergal Hackathon is now a week-long event, so girls can participate from various learning environments and have the flexibility to choose from a range of events and activities!

Can I participate in the Hackergal Hackathon from home without a school or organization?

100%! The Hackergal Hackathon is inclusive of all learning environments. Whether you are a homeschool learner, part of a virtual school, joining from a local community center, or any other learning setting, you’re welcome to join our Hackergal community and sign up to the Hub! Learners can join the Hackergal Hackathon by signing up on Hackergal Hub. Once you have created an account, you will be part of the Hackergal at Home community and you can register for any upcoming Hackathons.

I am a homeschool student. Can I join the Hackergal Hackathon?

Yes! If you are a homeschool student, you can definitely sign up to join the Hackergal Hackathon on Hackergal Hub here. Once you have created an account, you will be part of the Hackergal at Home community and you can register for any upcoming Hackathons.

I’m a new facilitator. How do I start a Hackergal Hackathon club?

Newbies are always welcome! Here are a few steps we recommend to get started:

  1. Choose a Champion Facilitator (maybe yourself!) to lead the Hackergal coding club, including the club timeframe, onboarding call, facilitation, and Hackathon planning.
  2. Create an account on hub.hackergal.org for your organization and begin the onboarding process with Hackergal.
  3. Share the program within your school/organization and/or school board and invite other facilitators who are interested in learning more and offering support.
  4. Spread the word with your girls! Invite girls to a drop-in information session to promote the club and share details on the club timing, purpose, and upcoming Hackathon.

Start coding together! You can invite Hackergal to help kick off the club or anytime to help debug projects, discuss the gender gap in tech, or hype up the Hackathon. Request a live webinar here: https://hackergal.org/getinvolved/training-and-webinars/.

How do I run the Hackergal Hackathon at my organization?

The Hackathon is hosted at hundreds of organizations and locations across Canada – we all code together on the same theme, at the same time, to create a powerful movement to close the gender gap in tech. This Facilitator Overview provides a helpful outline of how it works.  

The Hackathon is an opportunity for you to plan a really exciting event – virtually or in-person – that truly spotlights all the hard work of your girls! It can be competitive or more focused on the fun of participation. The Hackathon is really what you make it – so make posters, order pizza, dress in purple, post on social media, and make the day a big splash! We’ll be sharing more tips and tricks through Hub announcements closer to the Hackathon as well.

How do girls prepare for the Hackergal Hackathon?

Before the Hackathon, girls are required to learn the basics of Lynx Coding Platform through the Launchpad lessons on Hackergal Hub! These lessons are designed to prepare girls for the Hackathon. Hackergal Hub, our learning portal, offers scaffolded lessons and video tutorials for the girls to practice on their own time. During the Hackathon, they will apply their coding skills to a surprise theme!

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact us at hello@hackergal.org with any questions about the Hackergal Hackathon program. We look forward to hearing from you!

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