Are you ready to make an impact in your community?

Join us for the 2nd annual Girls in Tech Vancouver Hacking for Humanity Hackathon! Work with a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) to solve your community’s social issues. Get ready for prizes, food, speaking engagements, networking opportunties and most importantly – lots of fun!

Hacking for Humanity is a 2-day code-a-thon where developers, designers, scientists, students, entrepreneurs, educators, and mentors work together to build apps that solve social problems. We believe that when communities work together, they don’t just do good, they become a force for global change. As an organization founded on inclusivity and equality, we invite all women, men, and nonbinary, gender-fluid, genderqueer++ to participate and collaborate!

The hackathon is part of a global series by Girls in Tech that takes place throughout the year in various cities around the world. Each chapter partners with Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) to solve social problems local to their community. Get hands-on experience, make friends, network, and be part of a global community – starting here in Vancouver!

Hacking for Humanity is NOT your typical 24-hour hackathon. This year, we are partnering with Minerva BC to present our theme. Although this is a female-focused hackathon, participants of all genders (and non-identifying genders) are encouraged to join! We encourage diverse groups to come together and create amazing projects! Mentorship from industry professionals will be available during the hackathon, as well as amazing prizes for our winners! This event is held over 2 days but you get to go home for a good night’s rest after day 1 of hacking. You can return on day 2 refreshed and ready to polish your project for presenting and judging. We have found that this format is more female-inclusive because nobody feels pressured to sleep over or lose sleep over a hackathon.

Partnering Non-Profit Organization 

We are partnering with Minerva BC who will be presenting the “Challenge Statement” for the hackathon theme. Minerva BC is a non-profit charitable organization that supports women and girls throughout the province to gain the confidence and skills they need to reach their leadership potential.


Day 1 – Saturday, May 4, 2019

10:00 – 10:30 AM: Opening Ceremony 
10:30 AM: Team formation and official start of Hackathon 
12:00 PM: Lunch to be served
6:00 PM: Dinner to be served
9:00 PM: Day 1 Concludes

Day 2 – Sunday, May 5, 2019

10:00 AM: Day 2 Official launch
12:00 PM: Lunch to be served
3:00 PM: Coding Concludes
3:00 PM: Presentations & Judging Period
4:30 – 5:00 PM: Closing Ceremony & Prize Presentation


Over $5,000 in value available for winning teams!

1st Place Team Prize: Provided from Quantaloop, Powered by Qude includes $800 in CASH and $2000 in Qude crypto-tokens on Ethereum network, four S-Nano Ledgers – top of the line certified hardware wallets (valued at $500) and a full Ayurvedic skincare product set from Urban Juve for each winner (valued at $1,000), 4 Sunset dinner cruise tickets from Harbour Cruises (valued at $500), and lots of other fun and yummy and inspiring goodies like coffee and chocolates for the techie in all of us!

Other Prizes: To be announced.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who can participate?

We encourage everyone (ages 18+) with a minimum of 3 months of coding experience to join! (Experience with some coding and setting up your coding environment is strongly recommended.) The best innovations are made by diverse groups. All we ask is to have at least one female in your group. Feel free to come with a group or join on your own – Girls in Tech will help you find a group if needed! Don’t be afraid to come out, make friends, and innovate.

What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is a design and coding event where computer programmers, graphic designers, UI/UX designers, project managers, and other domain experts come together and collaborate intensively on a project. Hackathons may have a specific area of focus, which can include programming languages used, the operating system, an application, an API, or a challenge question. The goal of a hackathon is to create a usable software application where teams will have a proof-of-concept (POC) or a minimum-viable-product (MVP) to present at the end of the competition.

Teams are usually composed of 4 people where teams have to come up with a new concept, not a project previously worked on before. The winning teams are chosen by a panel of industry professional judges and prizes are awarded to the winning team.

How do I sign up as a team?

Ticket holders will receive a Google form prior to the event to list out their team preferences and other information. Just make sure everyone on your team purchased their ticket and we’ll make sure you get to work together! Keep in mind the team size is 4 persons and we will be randomly assigning participants to teams that have less than four.

I don't have a team. Can I come alone?

Yes! We highly encourage everyone to participate in our event. Our goal is to create an inclusive community here in Vancouver. We will be assigning teams randomly so you will get a chance to work with new individuals and make friends!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?


Skytrain – Vancouver City Centre

Metro – Granville

246 – West Georgia at Richards St.

250 – West Georgia at Homer St.


There is a paid parking lot in the building, located off Homer Street from 6:00am to midnight Monday to Friday and Sunday, Saturday and Stat holidays from 8:00am to midnight.

What's covered in my ticket?

Registration guarantees a spot as an attendee and will include a Girls in Tech Hacking for Humanity t-shirt, meals, opportunity for prizes, and other swag that sponsors will contribute. We are non-profit and ticket purchases will go towards the event costs.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact us through Eventbrite for any questions or at [email protected]

What's the refund policy?

The ticket is refundable up to 7 days prior to the event. If you need to refund your ticket, please contact us as soon as possible so we can transfer your spot to someone on the waitlist.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

Interested in being a sponsor? Contact [email protected] and we can send you the sponsorship package!