Technica is the world’s largest all-women and nonbinary hackathon, hosted annually at the University of Maryland.
Over the duration of 24 hours, women and non-binary people are immersed in tech culture and encouraged to exercise their imagination to create interesting and innovative hacks.
This year’s theme is “Go Beyond”. At Technica, we want to see women and non-binary folks thrive and go beyond society’s expectations for them. We encourage all attendees to take your tech journey beyond Technica. Don’t stop at our hackathon, attend others and keep creating. Technica is meant to catapult you further in your career, and help you to continue achieving. As you advance in your career, go beyond your duties at work, become a and help to advance the next generation of women in tech. Whatever your goals and aspirations, remember you can always #GoBeyond.
Come build using hardware, software, or anything you want with other hackers! You don’t have to know how to code to be a hacker. Hackers can be students, designers, or just any tech-lover out there!Now Closed!
Come help with the operations! Volunteers are a huge helping hand and help make sure the hackathon runs smoothly. Anyone of any gender can volunteer and help make Technica a success!Now Closed!
Come help hackers with their ideas by being a resource for hackers who may have questions about their projects. Mentors can be anyone of any gender willing to share their knowledge!Now Closed!
Calling all undergraduates interested in research! Come explore the fields of research within computer science. You’ll get to work hands-on with experienced faculty researchers and other students to use technology to address social issues!Now Closed!
Liz Wessel loves helping people get hired. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of WayUp, the go-to platform used by millions of early-career professionals to get hired, and by thousands of employers to scale their early career recruiting without scaling their recruiting teams -- all with an emphasis on diversity and candidate experience.
Founded in July 2014, WayUp is a venture-backed startup based in NYC that has raised over $30M and was named by CNN as one of the 30 most innovative companies changing the world. WayUp has worked with top companies -- including Fortune 500s, startups, and nonprofits -- to help them reach, recruit, and engage with the next generation of talent. Liz has been featured as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30, named one of the “18 Coolest Women in Silicon Valley” by Business Insider, and one of New York Business Journal’s “Most Influential Women.”
Liz has been a featured speaker at TedX, the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, Advertising Week, TechCrunch Disrupt, SXSW, NACE, and several other notable events. Before founding WayUp, Liz worked at Google as a Product Marketing Manager in California and India.
Karlie Kloss is an American supermodel, 40-time Vogue cover girl, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Originally from St. Louis, Karlie has walked and shot campaigns for top designers in the fashion industry.
Karlie shares her experiences filming, modeling, coding and traveling through her YouTube channel, Klossy. Through her combined content platforms, Karlie has amassed over 18.2 million followers to date.
A hackathon is a technology-focused event where individuals and teams work on new projects in a short period of time. You can build anything you want. An app, a robot, a website. The only limit is your imagination!
Women are underrepresented in the tech world, and it’s up to everyone 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.
You don’t need ANY coding experience to participate! If you do, that’s great! If you don’t, that’s also great! Students of all skill levels are encouraged to attend, even if you’ve never written a line of code. We’re very beginner friendly and are prepared to teach you everything you need to learn right here.
Technica will be held in the Reckord Armory at the University of Maryland, College Park, from November 9th-10th, 2019.
Technica is free for all participants, thanks to our amazing sponsors! Admission includes food, overnight stay, and a lot of free gear and swag!
Under 18 and still want to code with us? Don’t worry! Technica is also very minor friendly: we have accommodations for participants under 18!
We are sending several buses along the east coast to universities near select metropolitan areas. More announcements are soon to come regarding travel reimbursements and bus sign-ups for Technica 2019!
You can work on a project on your own, or you can work with a team. Teams can be formed prior to the day of the hackathon with other participants, or at the team formation event before official hacking begins. Team size must not exceed four members, per MLH rules.
You must bring a valid student or government-issued ID card for admission. Bring a sleeping bag/pillow for the night and a laptop – don’t forget your charger! We also encourage bringing an air mattress, toiletries, and a change of clothes for both warm and cold weather. Everything else will be provided!
If you have any special needs you feel our organizers should be aware of, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, the venue for Technica 2019 is non-ADA compliant, but we will try our best to accommodate you and your needs!
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