Your address will show here +12 34 56 78
The word “meritocracy” is extremely popular in the tech world. The ideal is that it is one of the only industries where success is primarily a function of skill. The reality, according to the testimony of many in the industry and to credible reports, is that it is anything but.

There are countless reasons for this that we do not have space to explore here, but one of the keys reasons is that the conventional hiring process has too many filters in which unconscious bias can lower diversity. This may disproportionately affect women and contribute to the sexism and gender imbalances that we see today.

What can be done about this?

As with many other entrenched institutions, techies have decided to hack the hiring process.

CodeFights, a 2014 startup that has already built a large user-base, helps software developers sharpen skills by competing against “bots” in code challenges. Furthermore, developers earn a ranking based on performance that becomes accessible to employers looking to hire.

HackerRank is another site that operates according to this model. Though these sites were not specifically created with creating a more equitable workplace in mind, something very interesting has happened: of the candidates placed by CodeFights, 30% have been women. Though still signifying a minority, that is three times the average of Silicon Valley and a whopping figure to anyone familiar with the imbalances of traditional tech culture.

This hiring model may also help the LGBTQ community, as described in this testimonial of a transgender woman who never expected CodeFights to place her in a job.

Hack the Patriarchy is a hackathon for women and non-binary programmers, founded by Kali Williams, aimed at creating innovative solutions for relevant issues facing marginalized communities around the world. While our first event is specifically women and non-binary, that doesn’t mean our male allies can’t help and support the effort!

In fact, we know that there are thousands of men out there who are as sick of sexism and discrimination in technology and the workplace as we are, and who are eager to make a change. We know that many men want and need to be part of the solution, and we want to include and empower them to support our efforts to the greater benefit of all.

So, guys, here are some ways you can help Hack the Patriarchy:

Spread the word! Share us on social media, mention us to friends and colleagues, and help us gain visibility. Download and share the event information among your groups, and let people know where you stand.

Help us get sponsors! See if your company is willing to be a sponsor, and let them know you want an inclusive workplace.

Volunteer! Get in touch at and find out how you can get involved. The active participation of our male allies is an incredible asset to everyone involved, and helps change culture, one person at a time.

We are passionate about changing the gender disparity in tech, and believe that greater equality means better working conditions, more successful solutions, stronger companies, and stronger communities. Everyone stands to gain when companies and workplaces are more diverse and inclusive, and we can start to make that happen now. We welcome all men who support our vision, and can’t wait to get to work.