The #WITDemoDay hackathon is coming back this summer - DC


May 15, 2017 10:11 am

The #WITDemoDay hackathon is coming back this summer

Use your hacking skills to support women and girls in tech.

At the #WITDemoDay 2016.

(Photo courtesy of Martini Media Solutions)

The Women in Tech Demo Day, a hackthon presented in partnership by Capital One, AngelHack and Women Who Code is coming back to D.C. this summer. The event will be held in July at Capital One Labs in Arlington.

The aim of #WITDemoDay is, in a nutshell, to “build an app that supports women and girls in tech.” This year, organizers write, participant teams will be tasked with building a tech solution to address one of these four issues:

  • Unconscious Bias: Create unique, technology-driven tools that can help anyone learn about how to identify, understand and improve the influence of unconscious bias in the workplace
  • Powered by Perspective: Create a tool that helps male allies learn ways to support women in the workplace and tech community
  • Investing in Networks: Build technology that helps women in tech find resources, events, and networking opportunities to connect with other women in tech in their region
  • Celebrating Role Models: Develop a solution that highlights senior women leaders in tech and tells their stories, with the goal of inspiring girls and younger women to pursue tech careers

The winning team will get a $10,000 scholarship to General Assembly and tickets to Capital One’s Women in Tech Summit, scheduled to take place in November 2017. The event will take place both in D.C. and in New York, and more information as well as a registration page can be found here.

Last year, the #WITDemoDay winning team built Alika’s Treehouse, an interactive storybook teaching coding to girls of color. Capital One also hosted last year — the bank (which would prefer to be known as a tech company) has shown consistent interest in supporting diversity in tech.

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier was the lead reporter for DC. The California native previously worked for NPR and the editorial board at USA Today. She can talk travel plans all day, and has strong opinions on the best doughnut in D.C.


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