HackHERS 2021 is the seventh iteration of Rutgers University’s annual, women-centric hackathon. On February 20-21, hundreds of students from colleges throughout the U.S. will virtually come together for 24 hours to turn their ideas into reality. HackHERS is organized by Rutgers Women in Computer Science, in collaboration with the Douglass Project for Women in STEM.
Attendees will enjoy a weekend of awesome tech, food, swag, workshops, and mini-events while learning from distinguished speakers, inspiring mentors, and peers. Students will come together and get involved in learning, planning, and developing projects– ranging from web applications to hardware hacks–with the ultimate goal offostering growth and productivity among women who want to code.
We want to create a space where women feel empowered to create with code and explore tech culture, and we invite everyone to help us achieve that.
*We use the inclusive definition of “women” and “female” and welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.
$2,616 in prizes
Best Overall Hack
Given to the team with the most innovative, functional and well-designed hack.
Each winning team member will receive a Nintendo Switch Lite.
For Women, By Women
We love seeing women empowering other women through technology! Whether it’s for equality in the workplace, women’s health, or anything else you can think of, this prize category is for women empowering each other. Given to the team with the best hack that empowers women.
Each winning team member will receive a Generation 4 Amazon Echo Dot.
Best Space Hack
The theme this year is space, and we want to bring out your inner astronaut! Given to the team with the best space-themed hack.
Each winning team member will receive a galaxy light projector.
Best First Time Hack
A Year of Leetcode PremiumIs this your first time attending a hackathon or creating a hack? For all those who came here just starting to code, we encourage you to keep building things and learning. This is just the start of a truly rewarding journey.
Each winning team member will receive a year of Leetcode Premium.
*To be eligible for this category, at least half of the team has to be first-time hackers. We want to encourage all first-time hackers to submit their creations.
Best UI/UX Hack
Given to the team with the hack displaying the best user interface and offering an optimal user experience.
Each winning team member will receive a Wacom tablet.
Hackathons aren’t all work and no play. This prize is for the inner class clown in you! Win something silly to take home by making us laugh until we fall! Given to the team with the funniest hack.
Each winning team member will receive a year of Disney+ OR a $50 Amazon Gift Card.
Best Political Hack
Inspired by this election season? Use technology to build solutions to pressing civic problems! Given to the team with the most unique political-themed hack.
Each winning team member will receive COMISO waterproof wireless speakers.
Best Failed Attempt Hack
We want to encourage and motivate all aspiring hackers to submit their creations! Given to the team with the best attempt at a hack that might not have gone as planned.
Each winning team member will receive a Tile Pro.