Code for a cause.
Code with your friends.
Bring your ideas to life!

Welcome to the International Women's Hackathon sponsored by Microsoft.

Come join us to create technology innovations to help solve world problems and make a difference! 

You’ll work in teams with other women (and men) to build something amazing (or at least get it started), pitch your solution, and share it with the world via Challenge Post. Not only will you learn a ton, but you’ll also earn Skype minutes and other great prizes, gain the admiration of family and friends, and you could see your project adopted by Direct Relief or The Nature Conservancy. You can also choose to compete in the Imagine Cup or get help in open-sourcing your code and contributing it to the Humanitarian Toolbox.

Participation to the Hackathon is FREE.

This event is open to participants of all skill levels: those who haven’t programmed at all, those who are programming geniuses, those who have an eye in design and even product management. It will be a great weekend to learn, invent, and create the future. But not only that, you can use your innovative idea and enter into Microsoft's Imagine Cup! We will give you more information on this as time comes!

All International Women’s Hackathon participants will have the opportunity continue their solutions as part of the Humanitarian Toolbox and/or onto the Imagine Cup as well as continue hacking with all international participants.

Hackathon Sponsors


First Place

Featured on the Microsoft Research Website.

Skype Gift Card

Tune Prize Pack

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


You are a student who self-identifies as female, at least 16 years of age, and are actively enrolled at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university degrees and involved in activities to support more females in STEM 

If you're a male student and you want to attend this hackathon, you MUST bring a female student with you. This is so we can keep the gender ratios appropriate to the mission of this hackathon.

*Please note that everybody is welcome to join, but only female students are eligible to win a prize.


Registration for this hackathon is only open to any person who self-identifies as female and attends the hackathon in person or if a male student that is brought by a female participant. We will only admit people who have registered on this site.

You can work on any idea that that attempts to solve the problems posed by the Disaster Relief Challenge or the Climate Data Challenge.

How to enter

When you’re ready to enter your submission, go to the homepage and click CREATE A SUBMISSION. You can also start this process and save a draft of your submission as you’re working on it.

  • Make sure to include good screenshots.
  • Write a clear, detailed description of your application.
  • Include the link to the prototype demo
  • Include instructions on how to use your app(demo).
  • We recommend not creating presentation slides, but instead focusing all your time on creating a functioning demo.
  • On the submission form, list all your team members by their ChallengePost user name.


Christine Matheney

Christine Matheney
Developer Evangelist at Microsoft

Judging Criteria

  • Appropriateness to Theme (40 points)
    Full points if the solution addresses the challenge & takes other factors or information into account
  • User Experience & Functionality (20 possible points)
    Full points if the solution intuitive & high depth of functionality
  • Originality & Impact (20 possible points)
    Full points if it is an innovative solution and has large scale impact.
  • Technical difficulty (20 possible points)
    Up to 20 points for a high technical challenge

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