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What is Hack the Patriarchy?

Hack the Patriarchy is a tongue-in-cheek name for a hackathon with serious intentions! We are hacking the system of patriarchy, not bashing men! A hackathon is a gathering of programmers, developers, designers & others for an intensely focused, short period of time, who are trying to build a creative solution within the constraints of the event.

In this context “hacking” means to creatively build something, not attack someone’s website or email.

When we talk about “hacking the patriarchy” we’re talking about finding solutions to the social system in which males hold the primary power, and which often result in women and minorities being marginalized in areas of politics, business, personal autonomy and more.

Where and When is Hack the Patriarchy?

San Jose, California – October 21 & 22, 2017 – at the ActionSpot Co-working Space

Who can attend?

  • Our first event is women only (including transwomen and gender non-conforming individuals) but we will also host events in the future which will be open to everyone.
  • Both technical and non-technical people. Beginners and long-time hackers and makers.
  • We’re looking for creative & innovative women with skills that can contribute to a project: mobile, web, hardware, design, domain expertise, project management or anything else potentially helpful.
  • It’s also super helpful to have an interest in how technology can solve problems and make change.

Do I need to be technologically experienced?

No! We’ll be offering training and mentoring workshops during and before the event. No prior knowledge of, or experience with code is necessary. We not only need programmers & engineers, we also need designers, digital strategists, subject matter experts, data analysts, marketing & user experience experts.
If you have an idea, or want to be part of a project that helps change the world for women, and you’re a team player willing to work hard, we want you at Hack the Patriarchy!

Why should I attend Hack the Patriarchy?

  • Learn new skills
  • Expand your experiences
  • Meet people who share your interests
  • Potentially find a job
  • Network with peers
  • Be part of a revolution
  • Help create something that changes the world for women
  • Have fun & be creative

Do I need a team or can I come alone?

Some people bring a team that’s pre-assembled, but many people attend solo & create a team at the event. We’ll have pre-event workshops, meetups & happy hours where you can come network & meet potential team-mates. We’ll also have a community board at the event, along with a general pitch time for teams to form around ideas. Also, you’re welcome to have a one-person team if you prefer to work alone.

Do you have childcare?

As part of our commitment to getting women involved in HTP we realize that child care needs are a reality, so we’re working on a solution. If you’re a company that provides childcare and is interested in sponsoring, let’s talk!

What kind of projects are allowed?

Our first event theme is “Make Women’s Lives Better” so whatever the project is, it needs to have focus on women as the first user base. Other than that though, the options are wide open! Apps, games, websites, services, hardware, whatever you can think of and build in 24 hours.

Categories include (but aren’t limited to) – Activism, Safety, Career, Family, Business, Crime, Domestic Violence, Health, Sexuality, Beauty, Travel, Housing, Relationships, Education, Immigration, Creativity, Child Care , Mental Health, Personal Growth, Communication, Military, Spirituality, Transportation, Fashion, Entertainment & Legal

Are you a sexist organization?

We don’t think so! Our first event is woman only, but as an organization we’re welcoming of women, men, gender non-conforming individuals, unicorns…you get the picture. We simply want to have a fun approach to dismantling a system that puts a single kind of person at the top of the hierarchy. We’re passionate about providing a space (and support) for marginalized voices and want to be buddies with anyone who feels the same way.

Are there prizes?

Yep. While our focus is on making the world a better place, that can get a little esoteric, and who doesn’t love prizes! We’re working on getting sponsors on board now, so prizes will be announced as the event gets closer. However you’ll be much better off if you focus more on having a great time & finding a creative solution to a problem, than what kind of prize you might win.

Who owns the stuff that’s created?

The people that created it. HTP makes no claim on your creations.

How much does it cost to attend?

Nothing! But there’s limited space so registration will be vetted.

Do I have to stay at the hackathon overnight?

Nope. For many, part of the hackathon experience is staying overnight and pushing through to get as much done as possible. But that isn’t required. If you live locally or have a place to sleep, you’re welcome to leave when you’re ready and come back in the morning. We have hotel recommendations if you need them.

Is the venue handicap accessible?

Yes! If you have any particular needs please email us and we’ll figure it out.

What do I need to bring with me?

An attitude of openness, excitement, cooperation and creativity! Of course for practicalities sake: a laptop and charger, your cellphone and charger, and any supplies you need for brainstorming. Bonus items: your favorite snacks and a 2nd screen if you’re a programmer. If you’re staying the night; a sleeping bag, pillow & toiletries and a couple of changes of clothes.

Is alcohol allowed?

Nope. We want all of our attendees to feel safe, so there’s no alcohol or illegal drugs allowed on the premises.

What’s your photography policy?

Please ask permission before you take a picture of others, if someone objects, then do not include them. Sleeping areas are strictly no-photograph zones.

What if my team doesn’t finish the hack or doesn’t want to present?

Of course you don’t have to present if you don’t want to, but if you get absolutely anything working, then don’t worry if it isn’t “impressive,” we want to see what you’ve built! The goal of the hackathon isn’t to have a perfectly finished idea. The goal is to flex our creativity, curiosity and collaboration.

A big thank you to all the hackathon sites & articles I checked out while starting the planning for HTP – see this page with all the inspiring link-y goodness here!