Major League Hacking 2021 Hackathon Season

TechTogether
Seattle

TechTogether Seattle’s first all-female, femme, and non-binary hackathon!

Virtual Hackathon • January 22-24, 2021


“TechTogether Seattle is committed to empowering gender-marginalized youth in the STEM field, and provide them with safe spaces to learn, build, and hack.”


Redefine the hacker stereotypes in interdisciplinary technology fields.

Open to any female, femme, and non-binary individuals interested in STEM of any level – beginner to experienced hackers.

Build your network, learn new skills, and join our community, all while bridging the gender gap.







Tentative Schedule


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Please note that all times are in Pacific Time (PT).

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Universal
Hackathon Tips for Beginners

TTS Team
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Universal
Opening Ceremony

TTS Team
5:30 PM
Universal
Hacking Begins!
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Activity
MLH Cybersecurity Challenge (Beginner-Friendly Capture the Flag)

Major League Hacking
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Activity
Team Formation Activities

TTS Team
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Workshop
Brenda Jin: Opera to Tech Entrepreneurship

Brenda Jin (Bennu)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Workshop
A Beginner's Guide to the Cloud Presented By Microsoft

Jasmine Greenaway (Microsoft)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Workshop
Intro to GitHub

Urvashi Verma (HackerRank)
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Workshop
Web Development Series: Part 1 (HTML/CSS)

Ataallah Rim (Fidelity National Information)
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Activity
Team Formation Activities

TTS Team
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Workshop
Web Development Series: Part 2 (Javascript)

Elisa Truong (Visa)
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Workshop
Web Development Series: Part 3 (React.js)

Elisa Truong (Visa)
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Activity
Movie Night

TTS Team
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Workshop
How to Build a Cloud Connected AR/VR App

Alon Grinshpoon (echoAR)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Activity
Team Formation Activities

TTS Team
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Workshop
Bloomberg Engineering: How to Write a Resume That Will Get You Hired

Bloomberg Engineering Team
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Workshop
Collaborative Coding using VS Code, GitHub, and LiveShare

Allison Weins and Leslie Richards (Microsoft)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Workshop
The Journey to Microsoft: Fighting Imposter Syndrome Throughout the Interview Process and What it's Like on the Job

Kayla Cinnamon (Microsoft)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshop
Python for Beginners: Learn how to build an Interactive Women in Stem Themed Personality Quiz

Locksley Kolakowski (University of Washington)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Workshop
Implementing API's and Understanding their Documentations

Ademusoyo Aerosols-Olumo (Mailchimp)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Activity
Team Formation Activities

TTS Team
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Workshop
"I was fired two weeks before Covid hit and it was the best thing that ever happened to me"

Jane Silver (SVP Digital Risk & Innovation at Truist Bank)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Workshop
Keynote Speaker: Morgan Bell of Microsoft

Morgan Bell (Microsoft)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Workshop
iOS App & Swift for Beginners: Learn how to build a Kanye West Lyric Generator App

Stephanie Chiu (PayPal)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Workshop
Navigating a Career in Tech Panel

Jill Finlayson (UC Berkeley Women in Tech Initiative), Alka Patel (DoD), Syeda Kauser Inamdar (LinkedIn), Dasani Madipalli (Microsoft)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Workshop
How to Score Internships for High School and College Students

Vivian Phung (FAANG), Areeta Wong (Datadog, Google, Amazon), Iris Guo (Microsoft, OpenMeal, BlackBerry Labs), Casey Duong (IBM), Mounica Kamesam (Google), Elizabeth Riffle (Microsoft)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Workshop
Interview Preparation

Jennifer Cosenza (Careers Decoded)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Workshop
Three Powerful Cloud Projects for Your Project

Alison Gale (Google Seattle)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Workshop
Intro to Machine Learning w/ Microsoft

Bri Achtman (Microsoft)
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Workshop
Personal Branding (Microsoft)

Morgan Bell (Microsoft)
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Workshop
Intro to UX/UI Workshop

Grace Ling (Electronic Arts, Design Buddies)
9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Workshop
Finding your "Gimmick"

Chloe Condon (Microsoft)
9:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Workshop
Your Major is Not Your Only Career: A Case Study

Christina Warren (Microsoft)
10:00 PM - 10:40 PM
Activity
Game Night: Among Us

TTS Team
10:40 PM - 11:20 PM
Activity
Game Night: Skribbl.io

TTS Team
11:20 PM - 12:00 AM
Activity
Game Night: Codenames

TTS Team
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Workshop
Landing Your Dream Job: How We've Helped Thousands of Underdogs Land Their Dream Fireside Chat w/ Wonsulting's Jerry and Jonathan

Jerry and Jonathan (Founders of Wonsulting)
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Activity
Bob Ross MS Paint

Major League Hacking
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Workshop
How to Pitch and Sell Your Idea

Krish Munot (Stealth)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Workshop
Entrepreneurship 101

Anjali Dhaliwal (Founder of Youth Helping Youth), Archika Dogra (Innoverge), Belicia Tan (Girls Who Consult), Amanat Amand (SoaPen), Paola Hernandez (LaSTEMgirl Shop)
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Workshop
Intro to Product Management

Bosky Mukherjee (PMDojo)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Workshop
Offer Negotiation

Jennifer Consenza (Careers Decoded)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshop
What PMs Really Do (Microsoft)

Allison Weins, Kendra Havens, Leslie Richardson, Kayla Cinnamon, Moderated by Christina Warren
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Workshop
Designing in Tech 101

Christopher Grose (Amazon), Etienne Fang (Amazon), Sarah Chu, Joylyn Yang
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Workshop
Keynote Speaker: Audrey Isabelpe

Audrey Isabelpe (WiTech)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Workshop
Intro to Cybersecurity

Shannon Brazil (Bell Canada)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Workshop
Devpost Workshop

TTS Team
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Workshop
Intro to Robotics Q&A

Lucas Watson (Waymo)
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Activity
LGBTQ Meet Up

TTS Team
3:00 PM
Universal
Project Submissions Due
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Universal
Judging
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Universal
Closing Ceremony

TTS Team



FAQ

Whether you're just getting started or you've been programming since an early age, virtual hackathons are a great place to learn new skills, build your network, find jobs, and have fun! We have been hard at work to create a memorable and fun virtual experience for everyone, whether you are an experienced hacker or a first-timer!

TechTogether Seattle is going to be completely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing our best to provide the same experience as an in-person event would with one added perk: hacking from home!

In order to build your project, you'll likely need a computer and whatever software you feel might be necessary for development. You'll also need a webcam and reliable internet connection to present your hard work to judges and other interested community members! We want everyone to have fun and get the most out of this event, so please reach out if you have any difficulty obtaining the resources you need!

No worries! Just let us know by filling out the Tech Request Form, and we will try to get you the resources you need to participate.

Our hackathons are very beginner friendly! We have intro workshops tailored to first-time hackers and a unique high school program to help assimilate all our hackers!

You are welcome to brainstorm ideas before the actual event! However, all projects should be coded and built from scratch starting 6 PM PST on Friday, meaning you should not work on any previous projects.

Mentoring will all be done through Discord which, similar to past events, will allow you to message a specific mentor or send a general message.

TechTogether will not be shipping out prizes to international addresses. Instead we will provide you with a gift card with the same value as the prize you won from a TechTogether-approved vendor from the participant’s country of origin. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

This hackathon is for women (cis & trans) and non-binary partcipants only. Men are welcome to mentor, volunteer, judge, or participate as sponsors! You must be 14 years or older to participate in this event. There are no location restrictions!

The theme for this year is Always Together, Never Apart. Although are all physically far apart due to the pandemic, we want to show that TechTogether Seattle provides a chance to bring people closer together. Our event aims to show unity, support, and teamwork. We want to uplift and encourage other women and non-binary individuals to get involved in tech even though we might be miles apart. Despite not being together physically, we can still work together to uplift each other and work towards improving our skills and involvement in tech.

Not to worry! We will have plenty of team-building workshops and mentors to help you brainstorm and bring your idea to life.

All teams must be between 2-6 people. We highly encourage that advanced hackers bring on beginner hackers to mentor throughout the event.

While you have the option to work alone, TechTogether is a team event, so we encourage everyone to work in teams! Don't worry if you don't have a team—you'll have plenty of opportunities to find one virtually! TechTogether will be hosting a variety of team formation activities throughout the first day, and we will also have a Discord channel dedicated to team formation leading up to and during the event.

Your project will be submitted through Devpost. Click on the "Submit Project" button at the top of the site to access the Devpost. Your submission must include a video (no longer than 2 minutes) that showcases your project, a basic description of your project, and the challenge(s) for which you want your project to be considered. If you're not sure how to pitch your project, we will have a pitching workshop to help you prepare.

Thanks to our amazing sponsors, this event is free for all to attend. Because we are virtual this year, we will not be providing food, but we are working hard to provide everyone with fun gifts instead!