February 2018

University of Southern California


Join Us

For a weekend dedicated to filling the gender gap, exploring technology, and building the next big thing.

Our Mission

Support and nurture women* in tech with Southern California’s premiere all female* hackathon.

*trans and non-binary inclusive


Workshops, Mentorship, Tech Talks, and more! No experience necessary.

From hardware back to mobile apps, there are so many fields of tech to explore! We want women to explore their ideas and interests. We're looking forward to some amazing projects!

We're all about helping each other grow! We hope to foster a supportive environment so that each participant at AthenaHacks feels welcome and comfortable.

Right now, only 20% of hackathon participants are women. We hope to fill that gap by encouraging women to pursue their interests in tech!

Interested in AthenaHacks 2018?

Apply to be an organizer!

2017 schedule
Saturday April 8, 2017
10 am - 12 pm Check In
Team Formation
12 pm - 1 pm Opening Ceremony + Keynote
1 pm - 2 pm Lunch
Team Formation Cont'd
2 pm - 3:30 pm Android Workshop (Led by Facebook)
iOS Workshop (Led by MakeSchool)
Unity Workshop (Led by Zynga)
3:30 pm - 5 pm Data Science Workshop (Led by Honeywell)
Chatbots Workshop (Led by Microsoft)
5 pm - 7 pm ReactJS Workshop (Led by Facebook)
5 pm - 6 pm: Games Workshop (Led by Zynga)
6 pm - 7 pm: Saqi Mehta from Women Who Reign
Social Event: Scavenger Hunt with GIT
7 pm - 8 pm Dinner
8 pm - 9 pm Speaker: Audrey Wu from CONVRG
Hololens Demos (Led by Microsoft)
9 pm - 10 pm Fireside Chats With Susan Nesbitt from MakeSchool
Hololens Demos Cont'd (Led by Microsoft)
10 pm - 11 pm No Light! (Social Activity led by MLH)
11 pm - 12 am Screening of 'Debugging the Gender Gap'
Sunday April 9, 2017
12 am - 1 am Midnight Snack
1 am - 2 am Heads Up with WiC
2 am - 7 am Time to Hack!
7 am - 8 am Breakfast
8 am - 9 am Morning Yoga
9 am - 10 am How To Pitch Demo (Led by Drops LA)
10 am - 11 am Devpost Office Hours
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch
1 pm - 2:30 pm Project Expo
3 pm - 5 pm Closing Ceremony
5 pm - 6 pm Busses Depart :(
* Schedule is subject to change

What's a hackathon?

A hackathon is a weekend-long gathering of curious minds to learn something new. Often times, attendees do this by picking up a project of their choosing to work on for the weekend. This is a great way to really dive into a topic you've been meaning to explore and you'll get to make new friends as you work in a team! Hackathons provide other ways to learn, too - you can attend workshops, listen to speakers, or network and meet with other students and representatives from companies!

Can I attend?

If you are an undergraduate, graduate, or high school female* who loves to hack, the answer is YES! Women* in industry are welcome to mentor! If you identify as male, we're sorry to say this hacking environment is not for you. This hackathon is about bringing women together in a comfortable setting. However, if you are a male interested in helping our cause, we'd love to have you as a mentor or volunteer! Reach out to us at

What are the rules about high schoolers?

If you're a high schooler who will be at least 17 years old by AthenaHacks, you are invited to AthenaHacks! You will need to have your parent/guardian pick you up for the evening and then return you back on Sunday morning, however.

Do I need to be a CS major or minor?

No! This is the perfect place for any student to create their first coding project or for more experienced individuals to learn even more and build a great project! We'll have plenty of resources for beginners to get started!

How do I register?

Applications will be opening in winter 2017. Fill out the interest form found above to get updates about when it's available!

Does this cost money?

Nope! Admission is free and covers overnight stay, food, all the snacks you could ever want, and of course, our sponsors and AthenaHacks will provide you with the free swag!!

How do I get there?

We'll be sending buses to most schools in the Los Angeles area! Last year we sent buses to UC San Diego and UC Irvine and this year we plan to expand to more schools in Southern California!

What about travel reimbursements?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide travel reimbursements this year. Sorry for the inconvenience :(

How do teams work?

You can form teams of at most 4 people. You can have your teammates in mind before the event, or you can make a team at our team formation event before hacking begins!

Will there be hardware available?

Yes! Hardware will be provided by MLH.

Where do I sleep?

If hacking all night isn't your way to go, we'll have places provided for you to catch a few Z's!

What should I bring?

Remember to bring a valid student ID for admission and anything you need to hack away!

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes, we want to make AthenaHacks enjoyable for everyone! You can find the code of conduct here.

if we missed your question, hit us up at
2017 prizes

we'll be giving prizes to the top three hacks as well as...

best startup hack - 8th Light

best beginner's hack - Hulu

best health + wellness hack - Intel

best smart home hack - Qualcomm

best iOS app - MakeSchool

best mobile game - Zynga

organizer's favorite - MakeyMakey

#HackHarassment - MLH

best use of AWS - MLH

best domain name - MLH

best use of Microsoft technology - Microsoft


Kelly Lampotang

Catherine Chung

Ilona Bodnar

Sampurna Basu

Yingyu Sun

Anushka Sagar

Kourtney Chima

Emily Jin

Stacey Irawan

Christie Xu

Marsela Sulku

Sophia Tiutan

Karen Ahn

Joanne Kwon

Rebecca Chen

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