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Welcome to the International Women's Hackathon presented by The Women of HPU Computing and Information Sciences! This event is proudly sponsored by: Microsoft, Hawaii Pacific University College of BusinessHPU Project Managment / IT ClubThe Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, HPU Computer Club, and HICTA.

Come join us on Nov 23rd at the ProtoHUB Honolulu located in Kakaako to create technological innovations to help solve world problems and make a difference! 

You’ll work in teams with other women to build something amazing (or at least get it started), pitch your solution, and share it with the world via Challenge Post. Not only will you learn a lot, but you’ll also earn Skype minutes and other great prizes, gain the admiration of family and friends, and you could see your project adopted by Direct Relief or The Nature Conservancy. You can also choose to compete in the Imagine Cup or get help in open-sourcing your code and contributing it to the Humanitarian Toolbox.

Participation in the hackathon is FREE. Just bring your creativity and a laptop.

This event is open to participants of all skill levels: those who haven’t programmed at all, those who are programming geniuses, those who have an eye in design and even product management. It will be a great weekend to learn, invent, and create the future. But not only that, you can use your innovative idea and enter into Microsoft's Imagine Cup! 

All International Women’s Hackathon participants will have the opportunity continue their solutions as part of the Humanitarian Toolbox and/or onto the Imagine Cup as well as continue hacking with all international participants.

Check out our Facebook event for regular updates: 
2014 International Women's Hackathon


The event will be from 8am to 8pm.

  • 8:00am - 8:30am: Registration and light breakfast
  • 8:30am - 10:00am: Hackathon Kickoff
          • Introduction
          • Iris Kawada, Castle High School Senior, and Sofie Castacio, HPU mentor: Developing an iPad app for Assisted Learning
          • Evelyn Wight from the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii: Conservation and Invasive Species of Hawaii
          • Stuart Scott, Deputy Director General, IESCO & GPCEA: Climate Change via Skype
          • Natalie Waters, Oceanit Civil Engineer: Design Thinking Process and Recycling in Hawaii
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm: Break into groups
  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm: Lunch - Explain submission process
  • 12:30pm - 2:30pm: Continue building apps
  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm: Break
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm: Continue building app, prepare presentation
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Dinner - Group presentations
  • 7:00pm - 7:30pm: Judges deliberate
  • 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Awards Ceremony



You are a student who self-identifies as female, at least 16 years of age, and are actively enrolled at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university degrees and involved in activities to support more females in STEM 

*Please note that everybody is welcome to join, but only female students are eligible to win a prize.


Registration for this hackathon is only open to any person who self-identifies as female and attends the hackathon in person. We will only admit people who have registered on this site.

You can work on any idea that that attempts to solve the problems posed by the Disaster Relief Challenge or the Climate Data Challenge.

Hackathon Sponsors


First Place

Featured on the Microsoft Research Website.

Skype Gift Card

Tune Prize Pack

Honorable Mentions (3)

Skype Gift Cards

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

When you’re ready to enter your submission, go to the homepage and click CREATE A SUBMISSION. You can also start this process and save a draft of your submission as you’re working on it.

  • Make sure to include good screenshots.
  • Write a clear, detailed description of your application.
  • Include the link to the prototype demo
  • Include instructions on how to use your app(demo).
  • We recommend not creating presentation slides, but instead focusing all your time on creating a functioning demo.
  • On the submission form, list all your team members by their ChallengePost user name.


Marion Ano

Marion Ano
Artist in Residence at the University of Hawaii - West O'ahu

Jamie Champagne

Jamie Champagne
A senior enterprise business analyst at Hawaiian Telcom

L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine

L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine
CEO and Community Developer of Pono Media, LLC

Christine Matheney

Christine Matheney
Developer Evangelist at Microsoft

Judging Criteria

  • Appropriateness to Theme (40 points)
    Full points if the solution addresses the challenge & takes other factors or information into account
  • User Experience & Functionality (20 possible points)
    Full points if the solution intuitive & high depth of functionality
  • Originality & Impact (20 possible points)
    Full points if it is an innovative solution and has large scale impact.
  • Technical difficulty (20 possible points)
    Up to 20 points for a high technical challenge

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