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What is SheHacks?

SheHacks is the largest All-Women's Hackathon in Southwest Ontario, hosted by the Women in Technology Society at Western University. Our focus is preparing women to thrive the technology industry regardless of: gender identity, background, major, or experience.

SheHacks makes technology accessible for all, attracting hundreds of diverse attendees and corporate leaders at the forefront of progress. More than just technical skills, our teams leave with genuine industry connections, a fortified sense of community, and inspiration to lead.

"SheHacks was a great opportunity to participate in my first Hackathon. Since I had no experience coding, I was too intimidated to join a Hackathon…. After SheHacks, I felt more confident in my capabilities in tech and since have been taking courses and workshops to improve my coding skills!"

- Tolu Aibana

"SheHacks was an unforgettable experience. I've always been a fan of hackathons but this is my first all-female one and I absolutely loved working with girls of all experience levels and disciplines. SheHacks provides an inclusive, welcoming and safe environment to practice our ideas, learn useful technologies, and make friends. Walking away from the event with a complete project definitely helped with my confidence and desire to participate in more hackathons in the future."

- Iris Zhou

"SheHacks was such an incredible, transformative experience! It was so inspiring to be surrounded by like-minded women with an interest in technology. What really stood out to me was how inclusive the event was – every member of my team came from a different educational background. Over the course of the day, I attended workshops, learned new coding skills, and met a bunch of amazing people I now call my friends."

- Annie Wu


I don't know how to code. Can I still come?
Of course! The event is designed for first-time hackers to try something new. We actively encourage people from all backgrounds, disciplines, and majors to attend! We have workshops that’ll teach you everything you need to know. Just bring yourself, a willingness to learn, and a positive attitude!
Can I attend with no prior hackathon experience?
YES! Over 60% of our attendees last year were first-time hackers!
Do I need to come with a team?
You can come solo or with a team - whichever you like. If you already have a team (3-4 people), you can register with them. If you don't have a team but would like one, we can match you up with one before the event, or you can form your own the morning of during breakfast and registration.
Is this event women-only?
Yes! We invite all women and non-binary individuals to attend SheHacks. As we’re focused on creating a talent pipeline from minorities in tech, this event is specifically created as a place for newcomers to explore the tech industry in a fun, relaxing, and non-competitive way. If you're in high school, university, college, or graduate school and want to break into tech, you're 100% welcome here!
I'm not a girl/woman, can I still come?
SheHacks is designed to be a inclusive space to support women who are interested in technology. If you identify as a woman or non-binary individual, you’re welcome to join us! Otherwise, if you’re interested in other ways to get involved, we welcome people of all genders to participate as a volunteer or mentor. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and website for more information.
What is the cost?
Absolutely FREE, due to our generous sponsors! Food and drink will be covered by us, and you'll also receive a swag bag full of amazing goodies.
Which schools are allowed to attend?
We welcome participants from all over Canada, with a particular emphasis on Western University, Waterloo University, Laurier University, York University, and University of Toronto!
Will attendees be provided travel reimbursements?
Yes! We will be providing travel reimbursements on a case-by-case basis. All accepted applicants will be notified of reimbursements they will be provided.
What do I need to bring?
Your laptop, chargers, friends, and a desire to learn!