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Oct 24-25, 2020 ⊹ Virtual Environment

What is Technica?

Technica is the world’s largest all-women and nonbinary hackathon, hosted annually by students at the University of Maryland. In response to COVID-19, we will be hosting Technica virtually this year to keep our hackers healthy!

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.

Technica 2020's theme is “Expand Your Horizons”. We want to challenge our hackers to step out of their comfort zone and try something new, whether that's exploring a new technology, tinkering with hardware hacks, or coding for the very first time! This year we're introducing our beginners and hardware tracks, designed for hackers looking for extra support or interested in trying their hand at electronics. At Technica, we want our hackers to learn, grow, and meet new people, so join us at Technica 2020 to #ExpandYourHorizons!

Tracks

We are offering 4 different tracks for Technica this year! Each track is designed to best accomodate a hacker's interests and skill level with track-specific mentors. Hackers may express interest in multiple tracks during registration but will only be able to participate in one.

Registration

hacker typing at a laptop programming an Arduino circuit board

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!

mentor helping a hacker with their code

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!
Learn more about mentor expectations here.

volunteer ready to provide support

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!

Keynote Speakers

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Jewel Burks
Head of Google for Startups
Jewel Burks Solomon is an advocate for representation and access in the technology industry. As co-founder of Partpic, a startup designed to streamline the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision, Jewel and her team built groundbreaking technology poised to change the way people everywhere locate products. Partpic raised over $2 million in seed funding from notable investors like AOL co-founder, Steve Case, and Comcast Ventures, and integrated its software into mobile apps/websites of large parts distributors and retailers. Partpic was acquired by Amazon in late 2016 and the technology now powers visual search for replacement parts in the Amazon Mobile Shopping app.

Jewel is a proud board member at Goodie Nation and the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project, and spends much of her free time mentoring startup founders and angel investing.

Jewel has been featured in notable publications such as Forbes, Wired, TechCrunch, Essence, Glamour, and Business Insider. Prior to founding Partpic, Jewel served in management, enterprise sales, and strategic diversity roles at McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply and Google, Inc. Jewel is a native of Nashville TN, and graduate of Howard University. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Zekarias.

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Jewel Burks Solomon is an advocate for representation and access in the technology industry. As co-founder of Partpic, a startup designed to streamline the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision, Jewel and her team built groundbreaking technology poised to change the way people everywhere locate products. Partpic raised over $2 million in seed funding from notable investors like AOL co-founder, Steve Case, and Comcast Ventures, and integrated its software into mobile apps/websites of large parts distributors and retailers. Partpic was acquired by Amazon in late 2016 and the technology now powers visual search for replacement parts in the Amazon Mobile Shopping app.

Jewel is a proud board member at Goodie Nation and the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project, and spends much of her free time mentoring startup founders and angel investing.

Jewel has been featured in notable publications such as Forbes, Wired, TechCrunch, Essence, Glamour, and Business Insider. Prior to founding Partpic, Jewel served in management, enterprise sales, and strategic diversity roles at McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply and Google, Inc. Jewel is a native of Nashville TN, and graduate of Howard University. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Zekarias.
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Cadran Cowansage
CEO & Founder of Elpha
Cadran Cowansage is the CEO and Founder of Elpha, an online community dedicated to accelerating the careers of women in the tech industry. The Elpha community is tens of thousands of members strong and includes women at all levels in software engineering, product, sales, marketing, design, and more. Elpha is part of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Batch and has raised over $1 million in seed funding. Before founding Elpha, Cadran was a Lead Software Engineer at Y Combinator, and before that a Senior Software Engineer at MongoDB. She holds a Masters in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Biology from Colby College.

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Cadran Cowansage is the CEO and Founder of Elpha, an online community dedicated to accelerating the careers of women in the tech industry. The Elpha community is tens of thousands of members strong and includes women at all levels in software engineering, product, sales, marketing, design, and more. Elpha is part of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Batch and has raised over $1 million in seed funding. Before founding Elpha, Cadran was a Lead Software Engineer at Y Combinator, and before that a Senior Software Engineer at MongoDB. She holds a Masters in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Biology from Colby College.

Schedule

10:00 AM -
11:00 AM
Open Ceremony
Main Event
11:00 AM -
11:30 AM
Hacking Begins
Main Event
11:00 AM -
11:30 AM
Technica 101
Workshop
11:00 AM -
4:00 PM
Capture the Flag
Hosted by Bank of America
Mini-Event
11:30 AM -
12:00 PM
Team Formation
Mini-Event
12:00 PM -
1:00 PM
Technichat: Diversity and Inclusion
Panel
12:30 PM -
1:15 PM
Blockchain Governance
Workshop
1:00 PM -
2:00 PM
Underrepresented People in Tech
Technica Community Meetup
Meetup
1:00 PM -
2:00 PM
Choose Your Own Misadventure
Hosted by Bank of America
Workshop
1:30 PM -
2:00 PM
Capture the Flag
Hosted by MLH
Mini-Event
1:30 PM -
2:15 PM
How to Scrape Twitter to Monitor Hate Speech
Hosted by Fifth Tribe & America Indivisible
Workshop
2:00 PM -
2:45 PM
Career Skills Kick Start
Hosted by M&T Tech
Workshop
2:00 PM -
3:00 PM
Technichat: Women in Tech
Panel
2:30 PM -
3:30 PM
Getting Started with Machine Learning
Workshop
3:00 PM -
4:15 PM
Importance of Building Equitable Tech
Workshop
3:00 PM -
4:00 PM
Tech for Social Good
Technica Community Meetup
Meetup
3:00 PM -
3:45 PM
Global Health Hack Talks
Hosted by Abt Associates
Workshop
3:30 PM -
4:15 PM
Intro to Google Cloud
Workshop
4:00 PM -
4:45 PM
How to Learn the Most Tech Things in the Universe
Hosted by T. Rowe Price
Workshop
4:00 PM -
4:30 PM
Daytime Yoga
Mini-Event
4:30 PM -
5:00 PM
Bob Ross Painting
Hosted by MLH
Mini-Event
5:00 PM -
6:00 PM
Redstone Computer Architecture in Minecraft
Workshop
5:00 PM -
6:00 PM
Non-Traditional Roles in Tech
Technica Community Meetup
Meetup
5:00 PM -
6:00 PM
App Development with Flutter
Workshop
6:00 PM -
6:30 PM
Mini-Games Session 1
Mini-Event
7:00 PM -
7:45 PM
Projecting the Future
Hosted by Wayfair
Workshop
7:00 PM -
9:00 PM
Trivia Night
Mini-Event
7:30 PM -
8:30 PM
Social Justice and Tech
Hosted by PLUMAS
Workshop
8:30 PM -
10:00 PM
Intro to Design Thinking
Workshop
9:00 PM -
9:45 PM
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Workshop
9:00 PM -
10:00 PM
Reddit Web Scraping with Python & AWS
Workshop
10:00 PM -
12:00 AM
Open Mic Night
Mini-Event
10:00 PM -
10:45 PM
Flask 101
Workshop
10:00 PM -
11:00 PM
Ambassador Fire-Side Chat
Panel
11:00 PM -
12:00 AM
Zine-Making Workshop
Workshop
1:00 AM -
1:30 AM
Mini Games Session 2
Mini-Event
9:30 AM -
10:30 AM
How to Submit Your Hack
Workshop
11:00 AM -
11:30 AM
Hacking Ends
Main Event
12:00 PM -
3:00 PM
Expo
Main Event
3:00 PM -
4:00 PM
Closing Ceremony
Main Event
Click to view a description of each event above. All times are displayed in EST.

FAQ

What is a "hackathon"?

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!

Why make an all-women and non-binary hackathon?

Women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people are underrepresented in the tech world, and it’s up to everyone to change that! Technica’s goal is to create a welcoming environment where people from underrepresented genders can build cool projects and share their stories!

Do I need to know how to code?

No, 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. You can start learning from our Beginner Resources! This year we are also introducing a beginners track to further help beginner coders start their tech journey!

I am a first-time hacker, are there any resources available to help me get started?

Yes, check out our Beginner Resources!

Where and when is Technica?

Technica will be held virtually from October 24th-25th, 2020 over a 24 hour period.

Will this year's hackathon be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

This year, we are still planning on offering all the same perks as previous years. However, we are going completely virtual in order to follow coronavirus safety guidelines. All communication throughout the event will be done on Technica’s online platform, our Slack workspace, and Zoom video conferencing. We will be sending out specifics of the working of the platform closer to the event.

Who can attend Technica?

Anyone who identifies as a woman, non-binary, or gender non-conforming person may register as a hacker! All ages are welcome. Additionally, all participants must follow the MLH code of conduct and Technica code of conduct.

How much does it cost to attend Technica?

Technica is FREE for all participants, thanks to our amazing sponsors! Participation includes a lot of free gear and swag!

What if I'm under 18?

Under 18 and still want to code with us? Don’t worry! Technica is very minor friendly; we have accommodations for participants under 18!

What will I need?

To complete the pre-registration process you will need a valid student or government-issued ID card and your resume. Since this year Technica will be hosted virtually, all you will need is your hacking device (laptop, desktop, tablet, etc.) and Wi-Fi!

How do teams work?

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. You can meet other hackers in the Technica Hacker Facebook group and Slack workspace. Team size must not exceed four members, per MLH rules.

How do I get swag?

To get swag, submit a hack during Technica or attend at least 3 events, meetups, and/or workshops during Technica! At least one of those 3 events must be Expand Your Horizons events, which is labeled on our website schedule and on our online platform.

Who can I reach out to with questions or concerns?

If you have any special needs you feel our organizers should be aware of or other questions or concerns, please chat with us in the bottom right-hand corner or email hello@gotechnica.org.

How can I register?

Registration for Technica is now open! You can register here!

Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Reach us at sponsorship@gotechnica.org and check out our sponsorship prospectus here.

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