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With Navie Vurdien (UX Enggr, Google), Shelly Ashwill (VP, Verizon Enterprise), Maria Becerra (APMM, Google).
Sat, Oct 01 @ 09:00 AM   FREE   Forum & David Geffen Hall at Columbia, 601 W 125th St

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Join Girls in Tech NYC for our first in-person hackathon since the beginning of the pandemic!

About this event
In-person Girls in Tech, NYC hackathons are back! This hackathon enables developers, creatives, & entrepreneurs from all over the NYC & tri-state area to co-create solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing us today. Go from an idea to a working proof of concept within a weekend!

Get hands-on experience developing your focused skill set
Collaborate with experienced mentors & join a workshop to learn new skills
Network & build relationships with like-minded people in the local start-up community
Participate in group pitches in front of local business leaders
Win prizes!!
This year, teams will have the opportunity to partner with non-profit organizations to help formerly incarcerated people re-enter the workforce.

Solutions will be evaluated in the following areas: innovation, impact & viability of implementation. NO technical skills required! Open to marketers, technologists, strategists, creatives, humanists & students. This event is a woman-, man-, non-binary-, POC-, & LGBTQIA-friendly environment! We welcome this opportunity to anyone who is interestedin fact, the more diverse the team is.. the better the solutions!

This event will provide skill-building optional workshops. Mentors will also be provided to help teams think through problems.

You can register with your own team (teams of 3-5 people) or get matched the week leading up to the event.

Hustlers/Entrepreneurs: Hackathons are great places to test ideas, build a startup, build leadership & practice your pitching skills.

Designers/Creatives: Design for real company scenarios & expand your portfolio. This is a chance to apply design thinking methodologies from ideation to research to prototyping.

Hackers: Create a technology toolkit that can have real impact. Challenge your coding skills & use it as an opportunity to learn new languages & tools.

Students: Hackathons provide lots of opportunities to get startup-like work experience. It's a great way to build your resume & demonstrate your drive, your ability to be creative, work in teams, & innovate.

Corporate Employees: If you're looking to break out of your current role, or are reentering the workforce, Hackathons are great for sharpening & developing new skills, experimenting with new job roles. Use this as an opportunity to network with our sponsors for potential job opportunities.

Inventors & Early Adopters: This gives you the opportunity to stretch your creativity in a fun challenging environment. You'll be with like minded people & you can lead the way for other first timers.

What's included:

Lunch & snacks will be provided.
Optional workshops to build applicable skills.
Mentors will also be provided to help teams think critically.
This is an in person event. All participants must attend the Opening Ceremony & Team Presentations.

Participants must be 18 years of age.

Bring your laptop & charger! Charging outlets will be available.

SCHEDULE (Times are in ET)
DAY 1 Saturday Oct 1st @ The Forum

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Sign In
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast is served
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Opening Ceremony
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Group Formation, Mentor 1:1 Sign up, & Hackathon Kick Off
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM UX Engineering led by Navie Vurdien
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Lunch is served / Mentor 1:1 Sign Up Round 2
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Database Engineering les by Abbas Mehmood
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Customer Centricity led by Shelly Ashwill-Powers
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Product Marketing at Google & Beyond led by Maria Becerra
Skill Building Workshops are optional but encouraged

DAY 2 Sunday Oct 2nd @ David Geffen Hall

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Sign In
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast is served
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Check in with your teams
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM Morning Check-in with Mentor
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch is served
3:00 PM - 3:00 PM Team project submission deadline
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Introduction to our Judges
3:45 PM - 6:00 PM Team Presentations & Keynote Speaker
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Closing Event & Winner Announcement
*schedule is subject to change

$2000 Cash Prize to 1st place team

$1500 Cash Prize to 2nd place team

$1000 Cash Prize to 3rd place team

Workshop 1: UX Engineering - Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Instructor: Navie Vurdien, UX Engineer at Google

Workshop 2: Database Engineering - Saturday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Abbas Mehmood, Sr Database Administrator at Everydayhealth

Workshop 3: Customer Centricity - Saturday1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Instructor: Shelly Ashwill-Powers, VP of Global Operations at Verizon

Workshop 4: Product Marketing at Google & Beyond - Saturday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Maria Becerra, Associate Product Marketing Manager at Google

Girls in Tech is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating the gender gap in tech. We have more than 60,000 members in 50+ chapters around the world. Tech Needs Us. And we need each other. We're a group of people in New York City - from newbies to experts - who are committed to supporting women in tech right here where we live.

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You can support our cause by volunteering with us. To learn more email or apply here.
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