Our mission is to support and nuture underrepresented genders in tech by hosting Southern California's premiere all-women, femme & non-binary hackathon. Expect a weekend full of workshops, mentorship, tech talks, social activities, food, and more! No experience necessary, you just need passion.


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  • Start and complete your hack during the 24 hours of AthenaHacks starting Saturday, February 25th and ending Sunday, February 26th
  • Make sure to create a DevPost profile for your hack and submit by 12:00 PM on Sunday, February 26th
  • Be sure to "opt-in" for the prizes your hack qualifies for
  • Include screenshots, pictures, and/or videos of your hack in your Devpost submission 
  • Include all team discord usernames in the event that a sponsor wants to ask any follow-up questions
  • Judging will be held both online and in-person; however, every project must have a Devpost submitted. You can include lots of pictures, explanations, and screen records in your submission and mention anything you would say at an in-person demonstration in your submission!

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$8,309 in prizes

Best Overall

Prize: Airpods 2nd Generation, Keurig Coffee Maker, MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interview, MLH Winner Pin

Best Beginner

Prize: Polaroid Printer Kit, MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interview, MLH Winner Pin

Athena's Favorite

Prize: Mini Projector, MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interview, MLH Winner Pin

Best Use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Winners will receive a Google Cloud branded backpack.

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes (Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console)! Get started with $50 in free credit!

MathWorks: Best Use of MatLAB and/or Simulink

MATLAB and Simulink are computational tools used at over 100,000 businesses, government and university sites in over 190 countries. Use MATLAB and/or Simulink exclusively or integrate them into another tool for your next hack to win an exclusive MathWorks branded Wireless YoYo Speaker! You can also claim a free MATLAB software license to get started.

Best Sustainability Hack sponsored by Avanade

Avanade has put sustainable tech at the forefront of their ongoing mission! Sustainability is about conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources and focusing efforts to reduce and improve the environmental impact of technology, processes, and operations on our planet and society. For your hackathon project, we want you to make a genuine human impact using your ingenuity to address sustainability through an innovative use of technology. Demonstrate how you can create a more sustainable future and help the environment. As an added bonus, the team with the best sustainability hack will be rewarded with awesome lego sets!

Best Community Hack sponsored by Meta

The project's main purpose should be to build community and bring all people closer together.

Award: Meta Quest headset

Best Hack in Finance sponsored by Bloomberg

We're looking for a full stack application that makes use of real-time data, financial information, or the like in order to empower users by bringing transparency to the market. Examples could include a consumer product marketplace, a stock-trend visualization tool, or a sentiment analysis platform. You can use any language or framework.
Award: pair of headphones

Best Energy Innovation Hack sponsored by Chevron

We are looking for a web app that leverages publicly available energy dataset(s), or data that impacts energy usage, and demonstrates a creative use of the data to help application users improve energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption, or gain insight into the energy landscape.
Energy dataset may span the entire scope of the energy landscape.
Potential Datasets – (Not limited to those listed below)
Duke Energy Initiative has curated a wide range of energy datasets.
California energy data can be found on the CalGem website.
Award: Fleece Jacket and Insulated Water Bottle

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Social Impact
    Is this a product that people will use in their daily lives? Will it improve the user’s quality of life or solve an important issue?
  • Technical Difficulty
    How difficult was it to implement this project? Are there lots of APIs and libraries and languages involved? Did they use a really cool algorithm?
  • Innovation & Creativity
    Is this project unique and innovative? Is it a solution to a problem we have never seen before? Or a better way of doing something?
  • User Experience and Design
    Is the hack visually polished? Does the project looks as great as it functions? Is it easy to use and navigate?
  • Overall Impression
    Do you believe this hack can succeed? Is it well thought out and executed? Does it stand out?

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