ByteHacks is an all-women 24-hour hackathon on September 1st and 2nd at Thoughtworks NYC that encourages women of all ages and skillsets to form teams and create tech projects that have positive social impact.

The hackathon will have workshops, tech talks, mentors, sponsors, and free food! Our Keynote speaker this year is the Founder and CEO of Adafruit, Limor Fried. Whether you are a designer, entrepreneur, artist, or coder, ByteHacks welcomes you.

Check-in starts on Sept 1st, 2018 at 9:30 AM. The venue is Thoughtworks NYC -99 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016. There will be a team formation event for those without teams. The Closing Ceremony is at 1:45 PM on Sunday, Sept 2nd and attendees may leave at 2:30PM. You do not have to stay overnight, however, you do have to be present both days to submit a project and be eligible for prizes.

Join our Facebook group to connect with other participants and to ask questions. 

Schedule and more info can be found at our website,


Anyone who identifies signifiantly as female is welcome to attend. Non-binary individuals, including transgender women, can also attend. Teams can be 1 to 4 members and may be formed before or during the hackathon. Participants must be in high school or college to attend.


The theme of ByteHacks is social impact. We highly recommend that you find an issue you are passionate about and use technology to solve it! Submission types include mobile apps, websites, hardware hacks, or any other type of software/hardware projects. You must demo at the hackathon to be eligible for prizes.

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$5,240 in prizes

1st Place

Herschel Backpacks + Benefit Makeup Bags

2nd Place

Drones + Benefit Makeup Bags

3rd Place

Google Home Minis + Benefit Makeup Bags

Best Hack for Disaster Relief & Recovery

Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones II

Best Use of Twilio API

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera

Best Use of Open Source Data

Two Sigma Swag Bags + Gift Cards

Best Beginner Hack

Byte Academy (NYC Python workshop)

Best Education Hack (2)

JetBrains Licenses + Benefit Makeup Bags

Best Hack for Equality/Diversity

Benefit Makeup Bags + Anker Portable Chargers

Best Health Hack

Beach Towel + a Tote + a $50 AMEX Gift Card

Best Design

Sketch Licenses + Benefit Makeup Bags

Best Environmental Hack

Twitter Swag Bags + Solar backpacks

Most Entrepreneurial Hack

Sketch Licenses + #BUILTBYGIRLS Sparkly Sweaters

Best Hack for Food/Water/Shelter

Benefit Makeup Bags + Amazon Gift Cards

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home MInis for each team member

Best Domain Name from

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

All hackers must register at to be eligible to participate. Teams can be up to 4 people, and you must submit your project to Devpost by 11:30am on Sept 2nd to be eligible for prizes.


Vivian Mo

Vivian Mo
Two Sigma



Kristen Ablamsky

Kristen Ablamsky

Victoria Alvizurez

Victoria Alvizurez

Sobe Kaushal

Sobe Kaushal

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas
CTO of BlinkHealth

Judging Criteria

  • Social Impact
    Does your project solve a real problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Was the project hard to make, considering your experience?
  • Polish
    The projects' overall design -- does it work properly?
  • Creativity
    Was the idea/approach innovative and original?

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