#SheHacks is an all-women hackathon for ladies in Melbourne looking to learn new skills, test innovative business ideas and meet other creative minds to develop startups and “build the internet” with.
The concept was started in 2014 by a group of women with a passion for technology and no previous entrepreneurial experience, looking to embark on a programme to increase the number of women in the startup and technology industry.
Inspired by the work of #SheHacks and its curators - Girl Geek Academy - Robert Walters was delighted to partner with #SheHacks and sponsor one of its industry leading events while giving the chance to one of our candidates and an industry partner to take part in the hackathon to develop their own business leading app.
Our digital recruitment specialist, Sara, joined the team and tells us what she learnt from her first #SheHacks weekend workshop, and why she would recommend joining the movement to other women looking to raise their profile in the tech industry.
Can you tell us a bit about the #SheHacks weekend?
Kicking off on Friday evening, teams of three to five women were created according to whether they were a hipster (designer), hacker (developer) or a hustler (marketer, business development or sales expert). It was then time for us to think of a technology driven idea that we were going to pitch on Sunday. For two days straight, we worked as a team on a concept that approached an innovative idea and brought something new to life.
How is #SheHacks different to any other workshops you have been a part of?
It was an intense 48 hours, but with the help of industry mentors such as Slack and Weploy, we came up with a digital mock up of our completely new tech project – and we were pretty pleased with the result. We managed to turn around an idea into something tangible while having fun along the way.
Sarah Moran, CEO and Co-founder of Girl Geek Academy said:
The #SheHacks program provides multiple touchpoints throughout the year for women to find co-founders and receive valuable support for taking their business ideas to market.
“This year’s #SheHacks was a record for Australia, with around 200 women coming together to build 30 new startups – the largest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Participants ranged from those with a particular interest in learning more on the technology front to those who wanted to follow their entrepreneurial dreams and develop their own startup. It is currently very challenging for women to find fellow founders, which is often crucial to starting and succeeding in a new tech venture."
Keen to join the next #SheHacks event? It’s not too late! Visit shehacks.com.au. For more information about how you can develop your tech career, contact us today.