Hack the Patriarchy




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Hack the Patriarchy

Challenge outline


Hack the Patriarchy is a hackathon that has been created to welcome women of diverse backgrounds for a creative 24-hour meeting of the hearts, minds and skillsets.

In one weekend, our teams will engage in brainstorming, planning and creating solutions to address a diverse array of issues facing marginalized communities in our backyard and around the globe.

Serious intentions

We are hacking the system of patriarchy, not bashing men! A hackathon is a gathering of programmers, developers, designers & others for an intensely focused, short period of time, who are trying to build a creative solution within the constraints of the event.  

In this context “hacking” means to creatively build something, not attack someone’s website or email.

When we talk about “hacking the patriarchy” we’re talking about finding solutions to the social system in which males hold the primary power, and which often result in women and minorities being marginalized in areas of politics, business, personal autonomy and more.

Event for women

Our first event is women only (including transwomen and gender non-conforming individuals) but we will also host events in the future which will be open to everyone.

Beginners and long-time hackers and makers.  We’re looking for creative & innovative women with skills that can contribute to a project: mobile, web, hardware, design, domain expertise, project management or anything else potentially helpful.

Team or solo?

Some people bring a team that’s pre-assembled, but many people attend solo & create a team at the event.  

We’ll have pre-event workshops, meetups & happy hours where you can come network & meet potential team-mates.  We’ll have a community bulletin board at the event, along with a general pitch time for teams to form around ideas.  

You’re welcome to have a one-person team if you prefer to work alone.

Additional information

For more details click the button 'I want to participate', then 'Show details'. Find out more about hackathons in our hackathon section.

Where and when

99 Wilson Ave, San Jose California
October 21-22, 2017