Welcome to Chicago's first-ever student-run women's hackathon!

BuildHer offers hackers old and new the chance to attend beginner-friendly workshops, meet companies looking for talented women and non-binary people, and connect with other women and non-binary people looking to mix their pre-existing passions with coding.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,070 in prizes

First Place

4 Bose Speakers.

Second Place

4 Amazon Echo Dots.

Third Place

4 Fujifilm cameras.

JP Morgan: Best Hack for Social Good (visit the JP Morgan booth to learn more!)

4 Google Homes.

Intel: Best Health & Wellness Hack Using Arduino 101 and/or Intel Edison

4 Intel Edisons.

Make School's Best Beginner Hack

Scholarship to attend Make School's Summer Academy (https://www.makeschool.com/summer-academy).

Best Interdisciplinary Hack

4 Sensu Digital Artist Tablet Brushes.

Best Beginner Hack

4 Tiles.

Best Empowerment Hack

4 Misfit Shine 2 Fitness Trackers.

Best Hardware Hack

4 Flux Bluetooth Smart Bulbs.

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Applications are now closed for BuildHer 2017.


Your submission must be original, and built in groups of no greater than 4 people. Other than that, the sky's the limit!


Seda Ogrenci-Memik

Seda Ogrenci-Memik
Professor / Northwestern University

Eleanor "Nell" O'Rourke

Eleanor "Nell" O'Rourke
Professor / Northwestern University

Molly Bostic

Molly Bostic
Principal Program Manager / Microsoft

Judging Criteria

  • Empathy/Impact
    Does your submission address someone's pain point(s)? Could your submission positively impact other people? Human-centered design is incredibly important to BuildHer's cause.
  • Innovation
    Is your submission novel?
  • Interdisciplinary Nature
    Does your submission bring together the knowledge from coding/computer science and another field in order to make something totally awesome?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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