Anita's Moonshot Codeathon


Winners announced


Thanks to all Participants!

Anita's Moonshot Codeathon

Challenge overview

Systers 30th Anniversary Celebration, Anita's Moonshot Codeathon!

We welcome all who identify as a woman to participate in this event. The main goal of this online codeathon is to bring women from interdisciplinary backgrounds to produce a creative solution to a socio-cultural or socio-economic problem. Simply, we want a diverse team to solve a problem in their community.

Systers is sponsoring this codeathon.

No coding experience necessary. You are 100% qualified!

We welcome to the codeathon women transitioning to tech, retired women, students, and non-U.S. citizens!
Check the section "How to submit"  to see the steps of applying to the challenge.


No teammate? No problem! Meet someone new at our Virtual Meetups here: PST EST | GMT | WAT | IST | JST


At, we envision a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it. We connect, inspire, and guide women in computing, and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative.

Our social enterprise supports women in technical fields, as well as the organizations that employ them and the academic institutions training the next generation. A full roster of programs help women grow, learn, and develop their highest potential.


Both individuals and teams can compete, but they must identify as woman.

Maximum number of contestants in one team is 5 people.

Submission requirements

  • PowerPoint presentation (up to 10 slides)
  • Product Demo Video (up to 3 minutes)
  • Product

You need to prepare a short demo video (up to 3 minutes) depicting and describing the product/prototype you created or significantly updated during the Challenge submission period. You also need to include a PowerPoint presentation/PDF format (up to 10 slides) highlighting your team, the problem, and how each of the team members contributed. You are free to include additional documentation, videos or images presenting your solution. The submission and all its assets must be publicly available during the judging period.

Please keep in mind that the submission for the Challenge can be a mockup using interactive prototyping software such as Axure RP, Balsamiq, or Flinto. No product has to be completely coded with all functional features in order to be judged. Submissions must be original, the work of the participants, and must not infringe, misappropriate, or otherwise violate any IP (intellectual property) rights, proprietary rights, privacy rights, moral rights, or any other rights of any person or entity. Any case of plagiarism may result in disqualification of the participant from the Challenge. Submissions must be in English or translated accordingly. You can include subtitles or audio bubbles in your video.

Submissions may be newly created or pre-existing products modified to meet the content and Challenge requirements. Submissions must comply with all content guidelines applicable to the Terms and Conditions.

What does Systers look for in a team?

  • Here are some real life examples:

    2014 Problem: Build an application that helps Guyana citizens who are deaf communicate on a level that helps them participate as an everyday citizen.

    Team Members: Peace Corps Volunteer in Guyana, Sign Language Interpreter in Guyana, Ushahidi Representative in Nairobi, Beginner Python Coder in Connecticut, Mid Career Product Designer in Vienna.

    2011 Problem: Directing Atlanta citizens to nearest MARTA stops and display level of foot traffic with an estimated wait time. (MARTA is a form of public transportation in Atlanta, GA.)

    Team Members: Technical Student, MARTA Customer Service Manager, City of Atlanta Community Development Government Representative, Female Atlanta Citizen who is retired and used MARTA since it’s construction in 1971.


  1. Grand Prize Winners

    • Prize: Full Scholarships to Grace Hopper Celebration 2018
    • Monetary Value: $10,500 USD for a team of 5 members.
    • Accommodation, Registration, and Travel Expenses all paid.
  2. Community Campaigner

    • Prize: Computer Lab brought to a local high school or library.
    • Monetary Value: $6,000 USD for 30 Raspberry-Pi 3 built computer stations.
    • Details: Raspberry Pi-based computer lab including monitors, keyboards, mice, and any hardware needed.
  3. Inspiring Innovator Award

    • Prize: Virtual Reality Development Kits
    • Monetary Value: $3,000 USD for a team of 5 members.
    • Details: Oculus Rift and Touch Virtual Reality System bundle.
  4. Systers Choice Award (Public Vote)

    • Prize: Tickets to Grace Hopper Celebration 2018
    • Monetary Value: $6,250 USD for a team of 5 members.
    • Details: Registration ticket costs are paid.
  5. Honorable Mention

    • Prize: Systers,, and Grace Hopper swag!
    • Monetary Value: $1,500 USD for a team of 5 members.
    • Details: USB bracelets, popsockets, t-shirts, notebooks and one item from every company that attends Grace Hopper Celebration.
  6. Participation Prize

    • Prize: Digital Certificate


Anita's Moonshot Codeathon

Dec 1, 2017
Submission opens
March 1, 2018
Submission closes
March 2, 2018
Public Voting Opens
March 15, 2018
Judge Discussions
April 4, 2018
And the winner is… ! Systers announces the winners of hackathon.
April 4, 2018
Systers Choice Award Announced

Do you want to be part of this amazing online codeathon?

  1. There are two ways you can participate: Assemble your team (info about team you can update when you submit a project), upload a description of your awesome idea or Apply solo and present your amazing project
  2. Sign up for Systers’ Email List by filling out the “Subscribing to Systers” section and create your ChallengeRocket account.
  3. Register to the challenge and fill the application form.
  4. Come up with great idea and create an outstanding project.
  5. Submit your project via ChallengeRocket. (deadline for submissions: March 1st, 2018) and if needed, write the names of your team members.
  6. Finalists (and Systers Choice Award winner) will be announced on March 30, 2018.
  7. Grand Prize Winners attend Grace Hopper Celebration 2018!

Judging criteria

How cool and creative is your concept?
How well was your idea executed and how well they integrate with mission?
How does your solution help a community in need?
How inclusive and intentional your team is to create the best product?

Get inspired!

Communities of technical interests, education, cultural, religious and political affiliations all have problems and challenges that need innovative solutions to be inclusive and equitable.

We want you to create a solution for a community that’s working on a problem that you care about. If any of the above examples inspire you, choose that and brainstorm how you can help with a technical solution.

Partners and sponsors

Join the partners of the competition

Contact us


  • KOBIETY DO KODU (Women to code)
  • Women Who Go
  • Girl Geek X
  • Women Who Code Delhi
  • Wake Up & Code
  • ngGirls
  • FlyNerd
  • Lean in Chapter Women in Tech India
  • BÄ™dÄ™ ProgramistkÄ
  • Wonder Women Tech
  • Women Who Code Kyiv
  • Hexagon Bangalore
  • She's coding


  • Systers

Get in touch!

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