The 10th National
June 4-11, 2021

Hackergal Hackathon is Back!

Exciting giveaways for participants

Open to individuals, schools, libraries, community orgs, and homeschools!

Inspiring women in tech live speakers

600+ schools

have joined the movement!

20,0000+ girls

have participated in the Hackergal Hackathon!

A week-long Hackathon inviting girls across Canada to code an interactive project with a powerful social impact.

DAY 1

Hackergal’s 10th National Hackathon:
Live Kick-off Event

A must-do! Hackergal will unveil an exciting line-up of speakers, share more about the surprise Hackathon theme, and announce giveaways!

Hackathon Keynote Speakers:

  • Alisbha Imran – CEO and Co-Founder – Voltx
  • Shagun Maheswari – CTO and Co-Founder – Voltx
  • Isabelle Bissonnette – Senior Director, TI&I Infrastructure – CIBC
  • Stephanie Winter – Director, Security Operations – Shaw

Friday, June 4
12:00-1:00pm EST

DAY 2-4

Planning & Researching

Time to tap into your creativity! Use this time to plan your project and explore the theme.

Saturday, June 5 – Monday, June 7
All Day

DAY 5

Coding & Designing

Women in Technology Career Carousel

This is your chance to meet the pros! Drop-in booths will be hosted by inspirational women in the tech industry from a variety of roles.

Women in Tech Speakers:

  • Selina D’mello – Sr Application Consultant – CIBC
  • Alia Tayyeb – Director General, Intelligence Operations – CSE
  • Janine MaynardManager, Platform Systems – Shaw
  • Luiza Pantoja – UX Designer – Sago Mini

Tuesday, June 8
3:00-4:00pm EST

DAY 6

Coding & Designing

Coding & Graphic Design Webinars

If you haven’t already, start coding your project and designing your graphics. Come join coding webinars to get help along the way!

  • Lynx Coding Webinar (All Levels): 4:00-5:00 pm EST
    • French
    • Beginner
    • Advanced
  • Coding & Design Q&A Sessions: 5:00-6:00 pm EST

Meet our Coding & Design Experts:

  • Elaine Hsu – Senior Artist – Sago Mini
  • Katherine Elliott – Illustrator – Sago Mini
  • Yuliya Boublikova – Animator – Sago Mini
  • Luke LutmanEngineering Manager – Sago Mini
  • Vanessa Logan – Production Manager – Sago Mini

Wednesday, June 9

DAY 7

Testing & Debugging

Hackergal Tech Trivia Night

It’s time to clean up those pesky bugs and finish your project! At the end of the day, blow off some stress @ Trivia Night.

Event Hosts:

  • Lucy Ho – Founder & Executive Director – Hackergal
  • Jennifer Takács – Curriculum and Evaluation Manager – Hackergal
  • Kavita Lahar – Marketing Manager – Sago Mini

Thursday, June 10
6:00-7:00pm EST

DAY 8

Submitting & Celebrating

Hackergal 10th National Hackathon: Closing Celebration & Submission Party

Time to wrap-up the Hackathon with our BIG final event! Submit your project and let’s celebrate!

Hackathon Keynote Speakers:

  • Véronique Ménard – Liaison Officer for the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security – CSE
  • Yuliya Boublikova – Animator – Sago Mini

Friday, June 11
12:00-1:00pm EST

WHEN

Friday, June 4, 2021 – Friday, June 11, 2021

WHERE

Virtually across Canada!

WHO

Girls in grades 6-9

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

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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 “female.” 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 theme.

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 bring back our Hackathon this year! Given the health and safety regulations in schools 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 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 informational session to promote the club and share details on the club timing, purpose, and upcoming Hackathon.
  5. 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.

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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