Lack of Funding
Access to Education
It’s proven that investing in women creates a better world, and yet they’re not even close to meeting their potential.
Women represent half of the global population, and reinvest 90% of their income into their families and communities, but earn just 10% of the world’s income.
Studies have shown that advancing women’s equality can add between $12-28 trillion to global economic growth. According to UN Women, companies with three or more women in senior management functions score higher in all dimensions of organizational effectiveness, yet just 4% of Fortune 500 companies are led by women.
In startup-land, you’ll find the same results. First Round Capital’s analysis of 300 portfolio companies over ten years showed that startup teams with at least one female founder performed 63 percent better than all male teams, yet around only 4% of women are backed by VC funding.
Let’s Make Things Better
We’re challenging our global community of 100,000+ women and men, developers, designers, entrepreneurs, barrier-breakers and problem-solvers, to help us address these challenges.
Challenge No. 01
Hack a solution that will help women access health resources to ensure that they can have successful careers, regardless of whether or not they choose to have children.
Challenge No. 02
Hack a solution that ensures that women can be safe when they go to, are at, and come home from work.
Challenge No. 03
Hack a solution that helps women gain access to the financial resources, training and support they need to grow their businesses.
Challenge No. 04
Hack a solution that helps women succeed and feel confident in the workplace and that they are supported in their careers by their families and communities.
Our Community Sponsors
The winning team from each city will be inducted into AngelHack’s first-ever social good accelerator, a 12-week mentorship and acceleration program.
Tons of fun cash, product and in-kind prizes from our sponsors will be shared soon!
Companies that care about supporting women in tech will contribute a range of unique prizes to support this hackathon!
Of course, there will be swag. We’ll have t-shirts, of course… But what else is in store? You’ll have to come to find out!
You are welcome to start working on your hack before the event. You can present pre-existing projects, but they must be relevant to the hackathon challenges. You also must demo live at the hackathon on Sunday in-person, or via Google Hangout.
We highly encourage all participants to attend the hackathon in-person, to meet other like-minded hackers and gain valuable insights from our sponsors about building amazing products!
Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish.
Teams of up to 5 humans are allowed. You can also add 1 cyborg, Furby, drone, or Sphero.
Each hackathon has its individual hackathon.io page, which projects should be submitted on. Submissions take place after 24 hours of pure hacking.
You must demo your hack in order to present. No slide-decks or Powerpoint will be allowed. Two minute presentation and one minute Q&A from Judges, live during the event in-person or via a Google Hangout.
You must abide by the Code of Conduct. We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment. If you’re making others feel unsafe in anyway, we’ll kick you out. End of story.
It costs $10 to attend the Lady Problems hackathon. Discounts are available for nonprofits, students and other local advocacy groups. All ticket proceeds will be donated to a local nonprofit supporting girls and women in your city.
Anyone and everyone! Our attendees typically consist of junior developers looking to improve their skills, senior developers looking to expand their horizons, designers of all skill-sets, and serious entrepreneurs that can add value to teams. Bring your idea and let’s go! If hackathon has sold out, we’ll allow in those with tickets first, and waitlisters IF there is still room.
Yes! We invite everyone from across the gender spectrum to this hackathon.
Teams can be formed prior-to the event on hackathon.io, via a dedicated event slack community, or onsite at the event. Team-building activities and networking will be provided at each hackathon.
Let’s be honest, y’all can do better than Powerpoints. Which is why we rock with live DEMOS only! No exceptions. To win an AngelHack hackathon, you will have to demo your product for at least 30 seconds, but don’t worry if your project is still not 100% perfected. Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:
Impact: How impactful will this solution be for its target audience? Is it scalable?
Creativity: How original is this solution?
Design: How well designed is this solution, from front end through to UI/UX?
Execution: How well executed is this solution from start to finish?
Related to Challenge: Is the solution relevant to the themes of lady problems around supporting female entrepreneurs through health, education, safety and culture?
Let your gut guide you! We usually like to see projects that are innovative, and have the potential to improve or influence people’s lives. Try to build a hack that people can use, enjoy, and potentially scale. Most importantly, have fun with it and try to finish on time. We know you can only do so much in 24 hours, so it’s ok if your project is not perfect (yet).
Unfortunately, we cannot provide travel stipends for this series.
We strongly recommend that you attend the event in person. If you cannot attend, you are allowed to pitch via a google hangout in the city nearest to you, but you must submit a project to hackathon.io in that city by approximately 1pm local time to be eligible and indicate in your project description that you will pitch via the Google Hangout. Please check your event page for the exact submission time.
AngelHack, a female-owned, female-majority company, is the world’s largest and most diverse global hacker community, helping to drive open innovation of tech products, platforms and brands with extraordinary smarts, scale and speed.
Known as pioneers of global hackathons for more than four years, AngelHack’s more than 100,000 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs compete to build, test and launch new solutions over the course of a weekend.
Some of our favorite articles about women in tech and entrepreneurship – get educated on the issues!
01. 5 Reasons Why Muhammad Yunus Focuses on Lending to Women
Not long after Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi professor-turned-banker who has been called the father of microcredit, founded Grameen Bank, close to 97% of his small loans were going to poor women. Women have been the focus of his efforts ever since. Read More.
02. Now We Have Data on the Ridiculous, Sometimes Dangerous Sexism in Tech
Gropings, widespread sexual harassment, and other hazards of being female in Silicon Valley. Sexism and sexual harassment in Silicon Valley are way, way worse than you think. Read More
04. The Percentage of Female CEOs in the Fortune 500 Drops to 4%
Of 29 companies added to the list this year, just one has a woman at the helm. For women at the top levels of American business, it can sometimes feel like every step forward is followed by two steps back. Read More.
05. The Facts on the Workplace and Sexual Violence
Sexual violence is one of the most underreported crimes in our society. Recent data suggests that fewer than one in six women report sexual violence to the police. Read More.
06. Why Women Investing in and Championing Women in Tech Makes Sense.
As any VC or founder with a successful exit will tell you, money is a key ingredient to startup founding, survival, and growth. Women founders need capital to fund their success. So where are all the women investing in women? Read More
07. How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth
A new McKinsey Global Institute report finds that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. The public, private, and social sectors will need to act to close gender gaps in work and society. Read More.
08. VC Firm First Round: Our Female Founders Outshine the Men
First Round’s female founders are lapping the men. Of the nearly 600 founders surveyed, those who were part of a team with a female founder performed 63% better than all-male counterparts. Read More.
09. 10 reasons why investing in women and girls is so vital
Did you know women and girls make up half of the world’s population? Did you know women and girls represent the majority of the world’s poor? Did you know 70% of the 1 billion poorest people are female? Read More