12/03/2022: Stemettes International Women's Day Hack @ MI5, MI6 and GCHQ

Stemettes International Women's Day Hack

This March, MI5, MI6, GCHQ and Stemettes invite you to a STEMtastic virtual hackathon in celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD)! 

Stemettes IWD Hack @ MI5, MI6 and GCHQ is an online one-day event that will tap into your creativity and equip you with the skills to imagine a better future.

We’ll be focusing on intelligence, security and cyber and how we hone in on skills across STEM to create a smarter and safer world.

You’ll work in teams with your peers to identify an issue in relation to intelligence, security and cyber and design a product or business solution for it.

Throughout the day, you’ll be able to interact with STEM role models from MI5,MI6 and GCHQ and learn about their knowledge and expertise. The role models will be there to inspire your approach to the ideas you will develop during the hack.

We will kick off the morning together then work in smaller groups on some STEMtastic business and product ideas. We will take a break for lunch and finish the day off with a special Stemettes showcase, during which you will present your ideas to a panel of judges. We will be giving away some exciting prizes to the winning groups and goodie bags to all participants!

Grab your free ticket and start getting your snacks and creativity ready for a day full of STEMtastic energy!

This event is aimed at young women and non-binary people aged 12-21.

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Recommended Event: 12/10/21: Tech Talent Charter (TTC) October 2021 Hackathon

Tech Talent Charter hackathon

Sponsored by Signatories, Experis and Nominet, we will stage our next hackathon in October with three groups of inclusion and diversity subject matter experts building new employer products for our Open Playbook

Timing: running for just over 4 weeks, the hackathon will kick off on Tuesday 12th October at 10 am and conclude on Thursday 11th November 2021.

Participants* in each team will be experts in the I&D topic areas outlined below and will work in small, virtual teams of 5 or 6, led by a team leader to deliver a new employer product for the Open Playbook to be judged by an expert panel.

Who is this hackathon for?

This opportunity is for people who have strong inclusion and diversity (I&D) knowledge and experience of at least one of the following areas:

  • Reskilling your existing workforce into tech roles
  • Setting and embedding inclusion and diversity targets to drive accountability
  • Developing inclusive promotion processes using data

This opportunity is ideal for people with experience of working in an Inclusion and Diversity, Talent, Learning and Development, or senior HR business partner role. As spaces are limited, we request that participants please provide evidence of having the necessary expertise of one of the three subject areas.

What's in it for you?

  • We often ask hackathon participants to join future TTC panels to showcase the products they produce
  • Cross-company learning
  • Networking
  • Personal and company PR
  • Deepen your understanding of the topic area
  • An opportunity to ‘give back', supporting our not for profit organisation to develop new employer resources.

All participants and companies will be credited on social media channels (especially the winning team!) and all participants are invited to add their TTC hackathon expertise to their LinkedIn profile.

The mission

There will be 3 teams. Each team will create one employer product that is designed specifically for use within a startup and/or scale-up company and the focus for each team will be:

  1. Team 1: How to reskill your workforce into tech roles to drive greater diversity
  2. Team 2: How to set and embed inclusion and diversity targets
  3. Team 3: How to run inclusive promotion processes using data

The employer product should be a high-level menu of the most important actions organisations should consider with respect to the specific topic. The goal is to “join the dots”, i.e. to signpost great resources. What we don't ask for is an exhaustive list of all actions employers of tech could do. Examples of products from previous TTC hackathons can be found on the Hackathon page on the TTC website and all products live in our Open Playbook.

Time commitment

Based on our recent hackathons, we anticipate the amount of time it will take teams to co-create their product will be approximately 10-12 hours over a month (done flexibly).

*Important point! If this hackathon sounds like a good fit for your skills and experience, before submitting the hackathon registration form, we kindly request that you double-check that you will have the capacity to commit to participating for the duration of the hackathon period. We anticipate the amount of time it will take teams to co-create their product will be approximately 10-12 hours over a 4 week period (done flexibly).

What is the TTC Open Playbook?

Our Open Playbook has six themes all focussing on driving inclusion and diversity in tech. Within each theme, there are several recommendations and resources shared by organisations and subject matter experts. In each section, you'll find lots of strategies, articles, tools and reports about how to address specific challenges and increase inclusion and diversity in tech teams.

The expert judging panel will include:

  • Martin Ewings, Brand Leaders and Operations Director, Experis
  • Beverley Hamblet-Bowes, HR Director, Nominet
  • Edleen John, TTC Director and Director - International Relations, Corporate Affairs & Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, The Football Association
  • Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter

The Tech Talent Charter is a non-profit organisation leading a movement to address inequality in the UK tech sector and drive inclusion and diversity in a practical and uniquely measurable way. Our ultimate goal: that the UK tech sector becomes truly inclusive and a reflection of the society which it represents. We work at scale, addressing the tech ecosystem as a whole to drive change. We focus on the how, not just the why of inclusion.

There are over 680 Signatories of the Charter and each organisation has made a number of pledges in relation to inclusive recruitment and retention practices. Although it is very much an employer-led initiative, the TTC is supported by the UK Government's Digital Strategy. Membership is free.

The TTC focuses on practical action --events are not a sales pitch or a promotional piece. We also believe in sharing what works rather than treating it like a "trade secret". Our working events are a great opportunity to learn, share and plan for action.

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Recommended Event: 29/06/21 - 29/07/21: TTC Hackathon: How to drive inclusion and diversity within a start-up or scale-up environment | Tech Talent Charter

Tech Talent Charter

The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) will stage our next inclusion and diversity (I&D) hackathon in June. This hackathon will focus on actions specific to start-up and scale-up companies.

The hackathon, sponsored by Spinks, kicks off on 29th June when four groups of inclusion and diversity subject matter experts will collaborate to build new products for our Open Playbook.

Timing: running over one month, the hackathon kicks off on Tuesday 29th June and concludes on Thursday 29th July 2021.

Participants for each team will be experts on specific topic I&D areas and will work in small, virtual teams of 5 or 6, led by a team leader to deliver a new employer product for the Open Playbook to be judged by an expert panel.

Host: Tech Talent Charter Event sponsors: Spinks

Who is this hackathon for?

We are looking to recruit subject matter experts to contribute their expertise and develop the TTC's Open Playbook, our open-source resource for all employers. The TTC is specifically seeking people who have strong inclusion and diversity (I&D) knowledge and experience of at least one of the following areas specifically related to startup or scale-up environments:

  • Cultivating an inclusive culture
  • Reward and retention
  • Hiring diverse tech talent: accessing all of the talent pool (ie. attraction strategies, job advertisements, pathways offered etc)
  • Hiring diverse tech talent: assessing talent (shortlisting and selection methods, alternatives to interviews, hiring managers etc)

As spaces are limited, we request that participants please provide evidence of having the necessary expertise of one of the above subject areas.

What's in it for you?

Participants will have an opportunity to connect and learn from subject matter experts at other organisations; deepen their understanding of the topic area and what other organisations are doing in this space; participate in creative co-design sessions and support the TTC by developing our Open Playbook.

All team members and the winning team will be credited on social media channels. Additionally, all participants will be invited to add their TTC expertise to LinkedIn.

The mission

There will be 4 teams. Each team will create one employer product that is designed specifically for use within a startup and/or scale-up company and the focus for each team will be:

  1. Team 1: How to cultivate an inclusive culture
  2. Team 2: How to reward and retain talent
  3. Team 3: How to access all of the available tech talent
  4. Team 4: How to assess talent

Each team's mission will be to produce a 'roadmap' - this should be a high-level menu of the most important actions organisations should consider with respect to the specific topic. The goal is to “join the dots”, i.e. to signpost great resources. What we don't ask for is an exhaustive list of all actions employers of tech could do. For teams that would like it, the TTC will provide a list of recommended resources already in the Open Playbook on the topic (by no means exhaustive). If not, the team can choose to start with a blank sheet.

Examples of products from previous TTC hackathons can be found on the Hackathon page on the TTC website and all products live in our Open Playbook.

Hackathon timing and key dates

Each team's specific meeting dates/times will be confirmed once participants are in teams (meetings will be set up by team leaders). The below dates and6 times are confirmed at the outset:

  • 10.00, Tuesday 29th June: hackathon begins with a briefing led by TTC followed by 30 mins with your team
  • 29th June - 26th July: Teams work together to create their 'product' (the roadmap)
  • 17.00, Monday 26th July: Strict deadline to submit product
  • 15.00, Thursday 29th July*: Feedback session with judges

*Feedback session: This session is when judges will provide their feedback and where teams will provide a very high-level overview of the key elements of their roadmap.

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07/03/20 - 08/03/20: #GirlsInAI2020 London Hackathon | Teens in AI

#GirlsInAI2020 London Hackathon

To celebrate International Women's Day, Teens in AI is running a global #GirlsInAI2020 Hackathon to inspire hundreds of girls and young people from underrepresented communities (LGBTQIA) aged 12-18 across the world into Artificial Intelligence.

We are on a mission to encourage young women to pursue computing and technology, and to promote diversity in this ever-growing field.

#GirlsInAI2020London

For more information visit https://www.teensinai.com/girlsinai

What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is an event that gathers people with a diverse set of skills (programming, design, entrepreneurs) to solve a real problem within a limited amount of time. Our teen hacks run on weekends, 9-6 pm.

We use Artificial Intelligence all day, every day. Siri, Alexa, and Cortana are obvious examples of artificial intelligence, but AI is actually all around us. It can be found in vacuum cleaners, cars, lawnmowers, video games, Hollywood special effects etc...But how does AI really work and WHY should it matter?

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Teens in AI Hackathon with Deepmind, Founders4Schools & CogX - Are you in?

London Tech Week Hack

To celebrate London Tech Week , Founders4Schools, Teens in AI and CogX are running a Teens in AI Hackathon supported by the biggest brains in AI such as Deepmind & The Alan Turing Institute.

We are on a mission to inspire underrepresented young people across London to explore AI and use it to help the UN achieve its Sustainable Development Goals

Would you join us to inspire young people to become future technologists, innovators and thought leaders in Artificial Intelligence?

STEP 1: Sign up on Founders4Schools platform

STEP 2: You will receive an invitation to attend a mentoring session by a school via Founders4Schools platform.

STEP 3: Attend an event between 10-24 May. A school teacher will send you details about the event and your role in it.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Hear from a mentor...

“Being a Mentor at the #girlsinAI hackathon, meant being there to support and accompany the girls through a very intense weekend where they had to work collaboratively and think creatively with a group of girls they had never met before.

Our role as mentors is to remind them to make the most out of the experience, reminding them to have fun, but at the same time, encourage them to work to their fullest potential. We are there to make sure that the team dynamics are positive and that everyone is involved. It was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had.”

Check out this video for inspiration

Who We Are Looking For:

TECH MENTORS

AI/ML developers. Any stack is suitable, but an appreciation of data science and machine learning is a bonus.

Teens usually have mixed experiences of coding - from none to expert. We do not expect you to code for them, but rather guide them.

At Teens in AI we are technology agnostic - our toolkit contains tools from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Intel and what not - you are welcome to introduce them to the tools you like, as long as it helps them achieve the end goal: build an MVP that works and demoable.

Please check this Hackathon Guide for more info on Challenges, Resources, Data Sets etc

When we need you:
Please check with the school you signed up to volunteer at

DESIGN THINKERS

If you have knowledge of human-centered AI, user experience (UX) and user interface (UI), we need you.

In this role you will guide young participants in the design thinking processes following and during a workshop and help them choose the best prototyping tools for their product.

No code will be developed until a problem is researched and fully understood and your role would be to help them to agree on the challenge, define a clear problem by research and discussions and do market research to validate/invalidate assumptions.

Please check this Hackathon Guide for more info on Challenges, Resources, Data Sets etc

When we need you:
Please check with the school you signed up to volunteer at

ETHICISTS

Ethicsis important and should be taught alongside coding and computer science at school and at Uni - let's teach our kids how to develop code responsibly, shall we? And let's make sure the technology is only harnessed and used as a force for good.

Please check this Hackathon Guide for more info on Challenges, Resources, Data Sets etc

When we need you:
Please check with the school you signed up to volunteer at

ENTREPRENEURS

Some knowledge of business models, pitching and marketing - your expertise will be vital throughout the building process, particularly when teams will be finalising their pitch decks to post on Devpost for Round 1 judging (deadline 24 May) and getting ready for the demo and presentation in front of judges at Cogx2019 on 12 June.

Please check this Hackathon Guide for more info on Challenges, Resources, Data Sets etc

When we need you:
Please check with the school you signed up to volunteer at

More info on the competition: http://bit.ly/teensinaicogx

Hackathon Guide: https://teensinai.com/hackathon-guide/

Sign up as Mentor here: https://www.founders4schools.org.uk/partners/teensinai/leader/

Join the Slack channel to help remotely: http://bit.ly/teensinaimentor


Trans*Code International Transgender Day of Visibility Hackathon | In pictures

WeAreTechWomen in partnership with its allies Trans*Code, Capgemini UK, Gay Women’s Network (GWN) and Makers Academy, recently held an all-day hackathon to mark International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV).

Friday 31 March was International Transgender Day of Visibility, which aims to celebrate transgender people and to raise awareness of the discrimination faced by the transgender community worldwide.

Participants from all skills levels were invited to join us for a topic focused hackday, hosted at Capgemini UK’s offices in central London.

Open to all trans and non-binary individuals, allies, coders, designers and visionaries of all sorts, the hackday focused on the needs of the transgender community.

Participants were welcomed from any background and skills levels, to work together to create prototypes around the themes of transgender issues and access to technology.

The event was supported by tech mentors from Oliver Wyman, Capgemini UK, GWN, Makers Academy, Aviva and FDM Group. Hosted in Capgemini UK’s Applied Innovation Exchange (AIE) the day of hacking ended with brief presentations from all projects.

You can read Capgemini’s blogs from the day here and here.