Event Recap: AT&T Women In Tech Hackathon – NYC
AT&T Hackathons are designed as a developer focused community program for our API program, as well as a general engagement program that looks to inspire developers and entrepreneurs. Since 2010, we have hosted over 85+ hackathons in cities around the globe. AT&T Hackathons provide attendees the opportunity to network with like-minded developers and entrepreneurs from the local community, form teams around these similar interests, and best of all, build prototypes for ideas that are of collective interest! As an additional kicker, there are also technology sponsors that provide nifty prizes for leveraging their APIs as well as opportunities for swag and mentorship.
AT&T Women in Tech Hackathon Event Overview
This one day hackathon gave aspiring young female developers the opportunity to work with fellow developers from women focused groups from around the New York area while trying their hand at AT&T APIs and HTML/CSS/JS. The challenge for the aspiring developers was to review pre-selected websites and optimize the UI for a more targeted experience. We also brought in the guys over at Clickslide.co to help make it easier for the beginners to access the AT&T APIs by placing a simple API in front of our AT&T APIs. Of the ten teams that worked with the modified version, nine were able to deploy the SMS API within a half hour.
Lightning Talks and Team Formation
We kicked off the event on Sunday morning with snacks, coffee, and lightning talks from a number of local industry professionals. Attendees then came up in front of their peers to pitch their ideas and skills.
Code Completion and Pitching!
The attendees broke off into teams that chose from five different websites to modify. Some teams progressed further within the 8 hours of the hackathon than others, but everyone was ready for the 5PM presentation start time.
The top teams were:
- Best Social Good Website from an all Girls Who Code Team
- 1st Place – $300 – Team 3 (Anastasia, Dessie, Natalia, Parina, Amy, Grace, Angela and Victoria)
- 2nd Place – $100 – Team 2 (Olivia, Gegina, Tenzin, and Nivita)
- Best Social Good Website Overall by a Women Led Team
- 1st Place – $400 – Team 11 (Charu)
- 2nd Place – $100 – Team 4 (Mary, Sonya, Rebecca)
- 3rd Place – Wahoo Heart Rate monitors – Team 16 (Caitlin, Emily, Jackie)
- Best Social Good Website from an All Women Team
- 1st Place – $400 – Team 24 (Kiana, Arielle, Tyler, & Erin)
- 2nd Place – $100 – Team ?? (Robyn, Laurel & Trinity)
- Best Use of AT&T APIs
- 1st Place – $200 – Team 7 (Khadijah & Charlye)
- 2nd Place – $100 – Team Awesome (Tin, Elise, Channing, & Hooria)
- Best Designed Website Overall
- 1st Place – $200 – Team 18 (Grace & Stefanie)
- 2nd Place – $100 – Team 20 (Anya, Rexy, Isabelle, Kafilgh, Madina, & Helen)
- Best Use Of Ziggeo
- Team 21 (Vicki, Ibnat, Angela & Tim)
Thank You to Everyone that Came Out!
These events are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors: AppNexus and Girls Who Code. Big thanks to the AT&T HR team that came out to support the event and especially for helping the teams form during the front half of the event.