Major League Hacking 2020 Hackathon Season

SheHacks IV


January 11-12, 2020, Western University
Presented by WITS

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About SheHacks

Join hundreds of female students at Canada’s Largest 24 hr All-Female Hackathon, regardless of your gender identity, background, or experience level.

Hosted by the Women in Technology Society, our focus is to prepare women to thrive in the technology industry. We want to make it easy for anyone to take their next step forward in tech. At SheHacks, we provide you with resources, connections, travel and food to fuel your ideas.


Making technology accessible for all.

Since our start three years ago, SheHacks has more than doubled each year. We create an inclusive environment of mentors, workshops, and opportunities
— with something for everyone.

Keynote Speakers

Erin Chapple

Erin Chapple is the Corporate Vice President of Product for Azure Compute at Microsoft, delivering offerings that enable customer choice in the hosting model for their applications. Erin joined Microsoft in 1998 and since then, has contributed to over 15 operating system releases in various Program Manager leadership positions. Building communities and supporting women is as core to her as operating systems. She was a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council within what is now the Cloud + AI division, a group that is seen as a model for women’s communities within Microsoft. In 2012, Erin’s peers at Microsoft presented her with the “Leadership Advocacy Award for Women.” Following this, Chapple turned her focus to leading Life Without Lines, the community focused on bringing the executive technical women together. Erin has recently taken on co-exec sponsorship for the Women@Microsoft employee resource group, a company-wide effort. In 2019, she was recognized for her work in this area as a Reign FC Legend.

Melissa Sariffodeen

Melissa Sariffodeen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Canada Learning Code. She is a celebrated digital literacy advocate who is dedicated to ensuring that women and youth have the critical skills, confidence, and opportunities that they need to thrive in our increasingly digital world. She is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She taught herself how to build websites from scratch using HTML when she was 11 years old and has been coding ever since.

The Line Up

Learn with industry leaders at SheHacks – judges, mentors, workshop leaders, speakers and more at this year's venue at the Physics and Astronomy building at Western University. Here’s a view of what SheHacks IV will look like. Keep an eye out for this year’s workshop lineup through our newsletter and Facebook updates.

  • January 11th, 2020

  • Registration

    9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

  • Opening Ceremonies

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Hacking Begins

    11:00 AM

  • Meet-and-Greet with Erin Chapple

    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

  • [W] Getting Started at Your First Hackathon

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • [W] Three Powerful Google Cloud Products

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • [W] Intro to Python

    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Lunch

    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • [W] Ubisoft Hackers Nest API Workshop

    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • [W] Intro to Arduino

    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • [W] Building Your First Android App

    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Therapy Dogs

    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

  • [W] Intro to UX Research

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • [W] Introduction to Blockchain

    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Mentor Meet-and-Greet

    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • [W] Building Your First Website

    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Bubble Tea

    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • [W] Intro to Data Wrangling

    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Dinner

    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

  • [W] Advanced Hardware Workshop

    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • [W] Data Science with Medical Applications

    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

  • [W] Interview & Resume Workshop with Scotiabank

    9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

  • Late Night Snack

    10:00 PM - 11:30 PM

  • January 12th, 2020

  • Hacking End - Submit to Devpost

    7:00 AM

  • [W] Next 36 Pitch Station

    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

  • Breakfast

    8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

  • Judging

    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

  • Closing Ceremonies

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

About Women In Tech Society

Building a future for in tech

Empowering women

Opportunities designed for women to rapidly learn, test new skills, and gain valuable experiences.

Building networks

Connections allowing for stories and industry insights to be passed on.

Creating pipelines

Success from an ecosystem of resources, forward thinking and genuine connections.

Our Impact

WITS delivers a series of initiatives designed to inspire and equip.

We provide our community with access to informative panels, educationals, workshops, inspirational speakers, and SheHacks, one of Canada’s largest all-female hackathons.

“A Byte of” Workshop Series

Over 200 workshop attendees were able to spend a day with top tech industry executives, data scientists, designers, and thinkers throughout the year.

  • A Byte of: Artificial Intelligence with Element AI
  • A Byte of: Data Science with BMO
  • A Byte of: UX/UI with Coinsquare
  • Reaching for the Top with Microsoft

Women in Tech
Tech Intern Panel

What are the steps needed to break into the industry? What does a career path from a non-technical background looks like? Our panel hosted interns from Uber, Google, Microsoft, and Deloitte to openly share their experiences.

What’s next?

Thanks to the overwhelming support and enthusiasm we receive, we’re expanding our lineup to include panels of industry experts, office events, firms trips, a mentorship/seeding program, and a growing focus on women in other industries at the intersection of tech.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. 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.

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 women+ to explore the tech industry in a supportive way.

Can I still come if I’m not a woman+?

SheHacks is designed to be an 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, 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.

Does it cost anything?

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, University of Waterloo, 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!

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