Hacking for Humanity 2019 Recap

Hello friends of Girls in Tech Vancouver!

We hope that you are well and are enjoying the lovely warm weather in Vancouver. We cannot believe that it is the month of June already… Last month, we held our 2nd Girls in Tech Vancouver Hacking for Humanity event from May 4-5. We had such a great turnout with 99 hackathon participants, 20+ mentors, and 20+ volunteers at the Hacking for Humanity weekend at Devhub. We could not have accomplished this without the support of our sponsors, our mentors, and our volunteers to help organize and run this event. We are most grateful for the contributions from our supporters to the Girls in Tech Vancouver hackathon! If you have supported this hackathon in any way, shape or form – thank you!

What Happened at the Hackathon?

At the opening ceremony, Minerva spoke about their foundation and their mission for women’s equality and leadership in BC. Sandra Wong, Quantaloop‘s co-founder & CEO, then followed with an inspiring message on the connection between women’s equality and climate change. When it comes to women’s equality around the globe, there just aren’t enough women involved in sustainability planning. Which then led to our hackathon challenge statement “How might we use technology to educate and connect people to the natural world?” 

After a 2-day code-a-thon weekend, we had 22 amazing submissions from the “hackers”. (And hopefully, none of the teams should have lost any sleep over this hackathon!) Please take a moment to view all of the wonderful projects that the participants contributed here.

Below is a recap of the hackathon winners:

  • Most Social Impact went to Fireaware (Team #2) who created a fire prevention interactive app and an AI predictive model.
  • Most Creative Concept went to Bee Kind (Team #24) who created a fun and educational game that takes you on a challenge that bees face.
  • Most Popular Vote went to Flow (Team #12) who created an affordable analytics system to encourage lower water usage by making water tracking fun and accessible.

We were most impressed with all of the apps that were built for social good in a 2-day timeframe. What an impact a weekend can make!

Most Social Impact Winners

Most Creative Concept Winners

Most Popular Vote Winners (with Judges)
Most Popular Vote Winners (with Judges)

Hacking for Humanity Impact

We witnessed new friendships and a lot of first time hackers that learned how to build a demo-able app in less than 2 days. What a way to build up that technical confidence and experience that so many of us need.

Oh, and by the way, we had a female participation rate of 75%! Typical hackathons will have anywhere between 10-25% female participation. With the Hacking for Humanity hackathon, we managed to flip that ratio the other way around. How awesome is that?

We hope you felt that it was worth it. We know it was.

From the bottom of our hearts,
Thank you from the team at Girls in Tech Vancouver.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our photos from the Hacking for Humanity event and the awesome projects from the participants on Devpost.

P.P.S. Shout out to our sponsors below. If you’d like to sponsor a future Hacking for Humanity event (or other Girls in Tech Vancouver events), please reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

East Side Games
Axiom Zen

Silver Sponsors

Safe Software
Bank of Montreal

In-Kind Sponsors

Coastal Reign

Read posts about the hackathon from our participants below:

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