We Code - Women's Hackathon

Web designers and developers of all levels are invited to work on a fun project in small teams at this creative and collaborative coding event with other women in tech.  


Please bring your own laptop as we will not have extras.


The Challenge:

Build a creative website or mobile app that embraces, encourages, and inspires diversity using public API’s and open source technology.



Friday, July 24th

7:00-7:30pm    Registration and Team Assignments

7:30-7:45pm    Welcome Talks by Nike and Puppet Labs

7:45-10:00pm  Networking and Initial Design/Hacking

Saturday, July 25th

9:00-3:30pm   Code Away

3:30-5:00pm   Demos

5:00-6:00pm   Judging and Awards


Donation Sponsors

The following companies donated items raffled to individuals during the event:

PDX Pop Now! - $40 value - 2 swag bags of T-shirts, CD

PDX Pop Now! is an annual, free, all-ages, 3-day festival celebrating Portland music across a variety of genres—including hip hop, metal, folk, pop, rock, punk and more! http://pdxpopnow.com/

Portland Juice Company - $40 value - 6 pack gift certificate

Portland Juice Company donated a gift card for 6 pack of fresh pressed juice from Pacific NW farms.  http://www.portlandjuiceco.com/

Code Fellows - $500 scholarship

Code Fellows is a huge supporter of women and people of color training / re-training as programmers. We've established a diversity scholarship fund and will soon begin awarding our first scholarships. We have both full and part-time tracks. Our intensive 8-week development accelerator course comes with a job offer guarantee: get a job within 9 months of graduation or we return your tuition. http://www.codefellows.org

Puppet - $50 value - swag bag

Puppet Labs, co-sponsor of this event, donated the Project Phoenix book, a Powell's gift card, mouse pad, drink coozie, sunglasses.  http://ww.puppetlabs.com

Nike - $50 value - swag bag

Nike, co-sponsor of this event, donated several swag bags including hats, bags, and local goods.  http://www.nike.com/


Women of any level of programming experience are encouraged to join.

Teams will be selected to include a mix of experience levels and skill sets.

This is meant to be a safe and welcoming environment open to all without discrimination.

Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we honor and respect diversity in age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, race, religion, sexual orientation and technical ability.


Code of Conduct



What and how do I submit?

  • Must sign up at http://wecode.challengepost.com/ (public voting also requires you to sign in under your own account)
  • Submit your screenshots, videos, and/or presentation there along with the following:
    • team number and name
    • description of your project
    • list of additional features you would add if given more time
    • identify the target audience
    • describe how each team member contributed
  • A zipped up folder with the working source code on a thumbdrive (to be provided) or link to a github repository
  • A readme file with the necessary instructions to open the app and perform the necessary steps to use the app/site
  • Each team will be given up to 3 minutes to pitch their project


What is required of the application?

  • The application should not contain any third-party proprietary code and it is the Participant’s responsibility to ensure that the submission does not infringe or violate any third-party rights.
  • Publicly available frameworks, APIs and open-source code that has been available for at least two weeks is allowed but otherwise all code must be written during the event.
  • The project must be a working website or mobile app.  It may run locally on a laptop or can be deployed to a publicly viewable environment.
  • Ensure that each team member has a voice - collaborate and have fun!



Individuals/teams retain ownership of their own code.  Nike judges will review the finished code but will not keep it.

This is a code challenge not a security hacking event.

Hackathon Sponsors


$200 in prizes

1st place

Each team member will win a $100 Nike gift certificate plus gift bag of local goods.

2nd place

Each team member will win a $50 Nike gift certificate plus gift bag of local goods.

People Choice Award

Each team member will win a $50 Nike gift certificate plus gift bag of local goods.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Megan Bigelow

Megan Bigelow
Founder of PDXWIT, Manager at Jama Software

Katie Boyd

Katie Boyd
Web Designer at Nike

Susannah Axelrod

Susannah Axelrod
Director of Product Management at Puppet Labs

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity and Innovation
    The project should meet the challenge in a unique way and solve a problem that is not being addressed by currently available software products. It should offer a fresh perspective and utilize data, content, or technology in a new way.
  • Benefits and Impact
    The product should demonstrate the potential to improve the lives of its target market, as well as the ability measure these results.
  • Consumer Experience - (design, ui, ux)
    The content and features provided by the product should be presented to your target audience in a way that is easy to use, approachable, and aesthetically pleasing.

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