Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

The all-women hackathon.

November 5-6, 2016.
College Park, MD.

Tech culture beyond hello world.

Technica is the University of Maryland's all-women hackathon. Over the duration of 24 hours, women are immersed in tech culture and encouraged to exercise their imagination to create interesting and innovative hacks. Technica is diverging from the typical hackathon as we encourage gender diversification, and ask sponsors to hack alongside students in order to build stronger connections between students, sponsors, and the tech world.

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Technica 2016 Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring? Contact us.

Event Schedule

Saturday, November 5
08:00 AM Check-In
Sponsorship Fair and Breakfast
10:00 AM Meeting for Mentors
11:00 AM Opening Ceremony
Team Formation
12:00 PM Hacking Begins
JP Morgan Talk
GitHub Workshop
01:00 PM Lunch
Design Workshop I
Hardware Workshop I
React.js Workshop I
02:00 PM UX Design
Web Workshop I
03:00 PM Design Workshop II
Android Studio Workshop
04:00 PM Hardware Workshop II
Virtual Reality Workshop
Product Design Workshop
05:00 PM Navigating Bias in Tech
Web Workshop II
High School Talk by the Clark School
06:00 PM Dinner
Capital One Talk
Clark School tour
07:00 PM Career Panel
Design Workshop III
08:00 PM Web Workshop III
Hardware Workshop III
10:00 PM Cotton Candy
Smash Bros
Sunday, November 6
01:00 AM Cookie Decorating
Yoga Under the Stars I
02:00 AM Yoga Under the Stars II
07:00 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM Demo Training
11:30 AM Lunch
12:00 PM Hacking Ends
01:00 PM Demos
02:00 PM Ending Ceremonies
02:00 PM Goodbyes/Buses leave

Frequently Asked Questions

Why make an all-women hackathon?

Women are underrepresented in the tech world, but it’s up to us women to change that! We are creating a welcoming environment to show that there is a place in tech for every lady out there while building cool projects and sharing stories at Technica.

How do I register?

You can register here! Technica admission will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis, so sign up early to reserve your spot.

Who can attend Technica?

Anyone that identifies as a woman or non-binary may register as a hacker! All ages are welcome.

Is the event free to attend?

Technica is free for all participants thanks to our amazing sponsors! The event includes admission, food, overnight stay, and a lot of free gear and swag!

Will food be served?

We will provide free meals throughout the event including breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, and tons of healthy snacks in between. Accommodations will be made for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and other dietary restrictions.

How do I become a mentor?

We'd love to have you! Mentors make the hackathon experience impactful by guiding participants through technical challenges and sharing stories along the way. Sign up to be a mentor here.

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Do I need to know how to code?

Students of all skill levels are encouraged to attend, even if you’ve never written a line of code. We’re prepared to teach you everything you need to learn right here while also supporting the most experienced hackers.

How do I get to the event?

We will be providing bus routes to Toronto, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. RSVP for a bus here! Unfortunately we will not be able to reimburse hackers individually for their travel.

Where is the event?

Technica 2016 will take place at the Reckord Armory at the Univeristy of Maryland. Directions are located here!

What should I bring?

You must bring a valid student or government issued ID card for admission. Bring your laptop and charging cables and any other specific materials you’ll need for your hacking project. If you are planning on renting hardware for your hack, please make sure to bring a government issued ID! You may also bring a sleeping bag and pillow if that makes you more comfortable, though air mattresses will be provided. Everything else will be provided!

How do teams work? Can I go solo?

This is totally up to you! You can work on a team or work solo. If you do wish to work on a team, teams can be constructed prior to arrival with friends or they can be formed during the time allocated for team formation before the official hacking begins.

What is acceptable behavior at Technica?

We use the Major League Hacking Code of Conduct, and we take this very seriously. Technica is an event intended to be welcoming to all attendees.

The Team