January 26-28, 2018

(kickoff at 5PM on January 26th)

Information Science Building

(3rd floor of 135 N. Bellefield)

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Friday, January 26

(Mentors available 8:00PM - 10:00PM)

5:00 PM Registration

5:30 PM Opening Remarks
from JP Morgan & Chase Co., Google, and Pitt Mobile App Challenge

5:45 PM Advice for Hackers Student Panel
with Roisin O'Dowd, Ritwik Gupta, and Caroline Hermans

6:15 PM Team Formation

7:00 PM Hacking Begins!

8:00 PM Evening Snack

Saturday, January 27

(Mentors available 11:00AM - 6:00PM)

8:00 AM Breakfast

12:30 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Afternoon Keynote
Workshop with PNC (details)

Design Thinking & Innovation: A Brief Introduction to Human-Centered Design
An engaging, interactive workshop that introduces the fundamentals of Design Thinking to foster design-driven innovation. Participants will learn about the fundamentals of the design process, and engage in a hands-on activity to help focus their She Innovates solutions on users.

Liz Sadoski is an Experience Designer with PNC’s Enterprise Innovation Team. Having spent the majority of her childhood overseas, she is inspired to understand human behavior across cultures and what it is that makes us all human. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Economics from University of Pittsburgh. As an advocate for human centered design, she is interested in learning about people’s perspectives in order to create more thoughtful experiences.

Erica Gatts is an Experience Designer with PNC’s Enterprise Innovation Team. She is a practitioner of human-centered design with several years of experience in the financial and healthcare sectors. She has a Master in Design from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Woodbury University. She is particularly interested in how design thinking and design practice can enhance and improve people’s lives, and promote social good.

3:00 PM Relaxing Activity

5:45 PM Dinner

6:00 PM Evening Keynote

8:00 PM Evening Snack

Sunday, January 28

(Projects due to ChallengePost by 9:30AM)

8:00 AM Breakfast

10:00 AM Project Expo

11:00 AM Demos & Awards


What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event where people come together, break into teams, and develop cool technical projects in a limited amount of time.
Do we have to sleep overnight?
Nope! Participants are free to come and go as they please.
Will there be prizes?
Yes, there will be tons of prizes and lots of swag!
What if I don't have hackthon experience/know how to code/have a team?
SheInnovates is a great first hackathon! Just come eager and willing to learn. Mentors will be on site to help guide you through the hacking process. The She Innovates kick-off party will feature team formation, idea pitching, and a Q&A session! Additionally, this year we'll be having a pre-hackathon info session on Tuesday, January 23 at 8:00PM in Sennott Square 5317.
Should I bring my own computer?
Yes, we recommend that you bring your own computer (and maybe your charger too).
Can I use a project that I developed outside of the hackathon?
No, submissions may not include any code that was written before the kickoff party.
Will there be food provided?
Yes! On Friday night, appetizers and desserts will be served. On Saturday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served. On Sunday, breakfast will be served.
Who can participate?
Any graduate or undergraduate college student. No experience required!
Where can I find information about talks and other events during the hackathon?
You can check out the schedule on our website. You can also follow SheInnovates on Twitter and Facebook for updates during the event.
Where can my team work?
Teams will be working on the 3rd floor of the School of Information Sciences Building.
What about intellectual property?
Students at the University of Pittsburgh own and retain all rights to their intellectual property.
Read more here.


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