What is SharkHack?
SharkHack is Simmons University’s annual hackathon, which aims to create an inclusive environment for women and nonbinary students to code, design, and develop projects.
For our 5th iteration last year, we encouraged students to work on impactful projects by introducing prize categories. Participants won prizes for Best Social Good Hack, Best Environmental Hack, Best Machine Learning Hack, and Best UI/UX Design.
We welcome undergraduate and graduate students of all experience levels and backgrounds to join us this Spring for a weekend of fun, food, and friendly competition!
Chief Evangelist, CSforALL
Ruthe Farmer is a national advocate for gender equity and diversity in technology, and has focused her efforts on diversity in technology and engineering since 2001. At CSforALL, she serves as Chief Evangelist, working to invite new stakeholders to the CSforALL table - and make the table bigger. Prior to joining CSforALL, Ruthe served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All, led strategy and K-12 programs at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and implemented national tech and engineering programs at Girl Scouts of the USA. She has launched multiple national inclusion programs including Aspirations in Computing, TECHNOLOchicas, the AspireIT outreach program, Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts, Intel Design & Discovery and more. She served as 2012 Chair of CSEDWeek, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014, and the UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015. Ruthe holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford.
How can we stay connected in this digital landscape? Now’s your chance to design a project revolving around your community.
Self-care is more important now than ever before. You can design something informative or centered around your hobbies. Have fun making a hack that emphasizes self-care!
Video Game Concept
Here’s your chance to conceptualize your own video game and start developing it!
Make a predictive model that can be used to better understand a dataset you and your team have not used before.
Create a hack that emphasizes the user experience as well as a well-developed user interface.
This category is open to teams with graduate students on them.
Best Failed Hack
The most creative hack that was attempted but not completed!
Social Media Marketer
Social Media Coordinator
Questions or Concerns?
Email us at:simmons.sharkhack(at)gmail.com