SharkHack 2020/21

March 26-27, 2021 | Simmons University, Boston

Our hackathon provides women and nonbinary students the opportunity to collaborate and create innovative mobile apps, games, hardware hacks, and more.

*Registration opens in December.
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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!


We are working hard to plan an awesome hackathon for you this spring. While we finalize the schedule feel free to download last year's schedule to get an idea of what is to come.

Download 2019 Schedule


Nicole Rasmussen
Rachel Beaulieu
Assistant Director
Livic Inoa
Content Designer
Kaya Chou-Kudu
Web Developer
Emily Ritenour
Web Developer
Lauren Wagner
Social Media Marketer
Amelia Fordyce
Social Media Coordinator
Abigail PinterParsons
Content Writer
Charlie Repaci
Sponsor Outreach


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Questions or Concerns?

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A hackathon is a place of collaboration and innovation. In this 24 hour event, create a great hack to compete to win some awesome prizes, make new connections and gain valuable experience.
We invite all 18+, students enrolled in an undergraduate program to attend. The goal of this hackathon is to create a safe space for individuals who identify as women and nonbinary since they are frequently underrepresented in computer science. With that in mind, feel free to register regardless of your gender.
You will need a valid student ID to check in. Make sure to bring anything you need to feel comfortable, laptop chargers and most importantly, yourself!
Yes! Although there may be teams who want to work on more advanced projects, we’ll make sure you end up on a team that’s well-suited to your level of technical expertise. Part of what makes hackathons so fun is the opportunity to learn!
Absolutely! We anticipate having several prize categories. Check back closer to February for more specifics!
Since Simmons is conveniently located off of both D and E lines on the MBTA Green Line, we do not anticipate providing travel support for individuals living in Boston. However, if you are traveling from a location that will require the use of buses, Amtrak, or the Commuter Rail, please contact us, and we can discuss the potential for reimbursement.
Yes! We encourage students to form teams based on project interest. We will also offer a registration option for students who would prefer to be placed on a team. These teams will be designed by the Simmons SharkHack organizers.
We anticipate being able to provide Raspberry Pi kits and Arduino boards for interested teams. Additionally, if you would like to bring your own supplies for a hardware hack, we encourage you to do so!
Teams must consist of 1-4 members.