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 and the tech world.
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.
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.
Please register to be a volunteer here, we'd love to have you! Volunteers can be either gender, and are critical to ensure that Technica operates smoothly. This year, we expect around 900 hackers, so we need all the help that we can get!
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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!
Anyone who identifies as a woman or non-binary may register as a hacker! All ages are welcome. Additionally, all participants must follow the MLH code of conduct.
Please register to be a mentor here, we'd love to have you! Mentors can be either gender, and make the hackathon experience impactful by guiding participants through technical challenges and sharing stories along the way.
You can work on a team or work solo. Teams can be constructed prior to arrival with friends, or can be formed during the time allocated for team formation before the official hacking begins. Team size must not exceed four members, according to MLH rules.
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! Bring a sleeping bag and pillow if that makes you more comfortable for the night. Everything else will be provided!
Technica was founded in 2015 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Its main goal is to introduce people who identify as women or non-binary from diverse backgrounds to tech.
Our Facebook page reached 1000 likes!
Technica became the largest all-women hackathon with over 850 participants who came from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and even Toronto, Canada!
We are looking forward to our third year hosting Technica. Our organizing team is the largest it has ever been; we hope to make it a great experience for our hackers, mentors, and sponsors.