There's a 'Holiday Hackathon' happening Dec. 7-8 in DC [Events Roundup] - DC


Dec. 5, 2018 10:35 am

There’s a ‘Holiday Hackathon’ happening Dec. 7-8 in DC [Events Roundup]

Plus, events from Women Who Code DC, the Flatiron School and more.

At General Assembly in D.C.

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Operation Code and Milspouse Coders are hosting a nationwide holiday civic hackathon Dec. 7-8. The Washington, D.C., event will be hosted by General Assembly at the organization’s D.C. office located on the 8th floor at 1133 15th Street NW.

The Holiday Hackathon event is a nationwide hackathon to help transitioning military, veterans, military spouses, and civic hacker allies continue service by making external contributions to America’s Code, made available through


Open to anyone over the age of 18, participants will form teams of three or four, and be judged by a panel based on code quality and technical achievement. Operation Code will use Slack to connect and coordinate participants. All code generated for this hackathon will be open source and available for anyone to use or modify.


The hackathon will kick off on Friday, Dec. 7, across Operation Code’s U.S. chapters and online, with introductions, curated challenges and a reception to formulate teams and generate ideas. Winners and prize announcements will immediately follow presentations at the conclusion of the event on Saturday, Dec. 8.


In between all of the milk, cookies and holiday cheer, check out these other #dctech events happening this month:

Python Beginners’ Night

Women Who Code DC is hosting a meetup aimed to serve absolute beginners and people with basic familiarity of Python. The nonprofit hosts events exclusively for women and is requesting attendees bring their own laptops to work from.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5
  • 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Fiscal Note, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 20004
  • RSVP. Free.

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies DC Monthly Meet Up

Lesbians Who Tech + Allies is hosting its monthly meetup focused on fostering relationships in the local community. Looking ahead, the LGBTQ women tech community hosts a San Francisco Summit and the sixth annual event takes place Feb. 28- March 2, 2019. The D.C. meetup is 21 and up and requires an ID for admission.
  • Thursday, Dec. 6
  • 6:00–9:00 p.m.
  • Gaslight Tavern, 2012 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
  • RSVP. Free.

Thinkful Webinar: Getting Started in Tech

Online coding bootcamp Thinkful DC is hosting a webinar to cover the different ways you can break into tech, outlining the pros and cons within the local tech community, with a dive into the scope of tech career opportunities available.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 11
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m.
  • Online
  • RSVP. Free.

Decorating Cookies with Code

The Flatiron School DC is getting festive with a coding event that allows attendees to learn basic JavaScript by decorating digital cookies with code. Bring your own laptop to participate.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 12
  • 6:00–7:30 p.m.
  • We Work, 777 6th St NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
  • RSVP. Free.

Coding Day for Beginners

Another event from Flatiron School DC, the coding school is hosting a full-day educational workshop for beginner coders. Instructors will guide attendees through basic concepts of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Bring your own laptop to participate. The event will break for lunch.

  • Saturday, Dec. 15
  • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • 1440 G Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20005
  • RSVP. Free.
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