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Saturday, April 27, 2024
Women's Hackathon

Saturday, April 27, 2024

The theme for this spring's event is Musical Cryptography, inspired by a recently unveiled courageous experience of Dr. Merryl Goldberg, a music professor and performing artist. Thanks to the generous support from our sponsors, the event provides refreshments and meals free of charge for its participants.

Here’s a sneak peek at the flow of the day.

9:00 – 9:30 am Dropoff and Check-in

Breakfast will be available for the participants. Dropoff and parking instructions will be emailed to the participants three days before the event.

9:30 – 10:00 am Opening Session

The event leadership team will welcome the participants and lead them in a large drum circle activity, getting everyone to warm up for a great day ahead and introducing some key concepts of musical cryptography. Participants will be broken into groups for additional ice-breaker activities that create beats as their introductions. Around 10:00 am, a special guest will reveal the messages to be encoded for the day.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm Composition Session

Participants will be working in their designated teams to

  • devise creative ways of encrypting the provided messages into music pieces,
  • build computer programs to automate any parts or all of the process, and
  • prepare an 8-minute presentation to showcase their work in terms of Creativity, Musicality, Cohesive Solution, Collaboration, and Technical Complexity.

A group of tech professionals will be available as mentors to guide the problem-solving process and/or provide technical support as needed. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Lunch will be served at noon.

5:00– 6:30 pm Finale

Teams will take turns presenting their work to the large group. A panel of tech professionals will serve as judges to evaluate the presented work.

6:30– 8:00 pm Dinner and Awards

Participants will enjoy dinner at 6:30 pm while judges identify winning teams for the following awards:

  • First place (each member of the team will receive a $50 gift card)
  • Second place (each member of the team will receive a $30 gift card)
  • Category Standouts (each member of a winning team will receive a $20 gift card)

Awards will be presented after dinner.


We are excited to have received over 70 registrations from 18 high schools and four colleges. Here are their grade/academic level breakdowns. 

High School Participants by Grade: Senior - 5, Junior - 21, Sophmore - 4, Freshman - 9

College Participants by Academic Level: Senior - 12, Junior - 8, Sophmore - 10, Freshman - 5


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Wait List & Questions

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Students with a mentor working on a project
Students with a mentor working on a project
A judge with students presenting their project
A judge with students presenting their project
Students enjoying lunch together