On the occasion of Women's Month, we are calling all women programmers to indulge in the 3rd annual GirlCode hackathon, which is basically 30 hours of non-stop programming. The hackathon is open to all females, who will work collaboratively to create a website, game, or mobile app that addresses a selected real world challenge. No prior programming experience is required and registration is free. ​ You can participate in teams of minimum 3 and maximum 6.

So come out, ideate and build cool products and be the catalyst that brings more women to the technology industry.


Q. Who is this aimed at?

A. Women of any age with programming, design, user experience or project management skills or the desire to learn any of these skills. There are limited spaces however.

Q. What is the Hackathon about?

A. The GirlCode Hackathon is an initiative to inspire and celebrate women who love to code. We want to encourage all women in technology to come and code, and build awesome products. 

Q. A fully developed application need to have a solid backend for data storage like SQL, SharePoint etc. since its online, is it accepted to show only the prototype of it?

A. Yes it’s absolutely fine to submit just the prototype. If you use any database like MySQL or PostgresSQL you can also submit a database dump along with your submission. However you are allowed to submit just the prototype.

 Q. Since there is no specific technology mentioned, are there any restrictions on using number of prebuilt libraries?

A. There is no restriction to use any language, technology stack, or libraries. You can use any of them to create the web/mobile application.

 Q. Do we need to have the entire idea fully working?

A. The entire idea need not be fully implemented however, the submission should be functional so that it can be reviewed by the judges.

 Q. What kind of products can I make?

A. You can make either a web application, a mobile application or build an electronics product.

 Q. What can/can't I bring to the event?

A. Bring your toiletry Bag and a working laptop (all the software you need will be provided).

 Q. What if I sign-up alone or don’t have a group?

A. Don't worry if you dont know anyone attending. Groups will be formed on Saturday or here on devpost under the participants tab.

 Q. I can't code, can I still attend?

A. Yes! In fact, a well-rounded team of different skill sets might just give you the advantage! Perhaps you're good at graphic designing or business analysis just mention a few.

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R10,000 in prizes

Grand Prize

The cash prize will go to the team that gets the highest overall score from the judges.

Spot Prizes (5)

Spot prizes will be award to other people at the hackathon. The prizes will not be cash. The spot categories will be announced soon.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Q. How do I register for the Hackathon?

A. You can register for the GirlCode Hackathon by clicking 'Register for this Hackathon' on the right hand side of this page.

You will need to signup with devpost to be able to complete the registration.


Q. Do I need to pay any money to register for the Hackathon?

A. No. You do not have to pay anything to anyone to register. Everything from wifi to food and energy drinks will be provided throughout the event.


Q. What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?




Judging Criteria

  • Problem Solution Fit
    Is the problem well-defined? Is the solution a good fit for mitigating or resolving the issue?
  • Originality & Impact
    What is novel about the solution the team has proposed? Has it been done before? What will we learn from the solution that we didn’t already know before?
  • User Experience & Functionality,
    How easy-to-use is the application? How elegant and engaging is the user experience and design? How functional and well-implemented is the prototype demo
  • Sustainability
    How committed is the team to scaling/deploying the application beyond the hackathon? How will the app be adopted by users (govt/citizens/media) and usage sustained over time? Does it have a business model or sustainability solution?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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