When is it all happening?
The hackday runs from 5:00pm on Friday, August 28, 2015 to 4:00pm on Saturday, August 29, 2015.
Who is eligible?
All women are welcome, from students to working professionals. The
only requirement is that you bring a laptop and a valid ID. Women need
to register individually in advance and team registration will take
The minimum age to participate is 14; and if you're under 18, your parent or guardian will be required to sign a consent form that will be emailed to you. Women are encouraged to form their own teams, but please note that there is a limit of 5 women to a team.
What kind of hacks are allowed?
This year’s DevelopHer is focused on hacks that empower
women. With that said, just about anything that will 'wow' the
judges is fair game: webapps, mobile apps, desktop apps, data
analytics, games, tools, frameworks, optimizations, and so on. Keep
it appropriate and legal and we'll be happy.
Finally, the hack does NOT have to be related to LinkedIn in any way. However, if you do need LinkedIn data for something, check out our APIs.
What is the judging criteria?
For the preliminary judging the hacks created will be broken up into groups. Each group will consist of 10-12 teams and each team will be evaluated on the judging criteria by our preliminary judges. Each team will get 2 minutes to demo their project, followed by a minute for Q&A. The judges for this round will be LinkedIn employees.
- Final Judging: The top 10-15 teams from preliminary judging will then present to our final judges. The format will be the same as the preliminary judging.
Hacks will be evaluated on the following criteria (each out of five points with up to 20 points possible):
- Brilliant Idea: Impact & Innovation (Up to 5 points)
- Technical Wizardry: Working hacks, not slide decks (Up to 5 points)
- User Experience: Polish, shine, and wow factor (Up to 5 points)
- The Pitch: Presentation Skills (Up to 5 points)
What should you bring?
Completed waivers (will be emailed to confirmed participants), identification, sleeping bag, extra clothes, laptop, laptop charger, phone, phone chargers, towels, and ideas!
What will LinkedIn provide?
- Food - meals, snacks, food trucks, and energy drinks, all free of cost!
- Whiteboards, Expo markers, pens, paper, and power cords
- A space to hack
- Awesome mentors to help and guide you!
- Useful resources to help you get started
Are any of LinkedIn's WIT team participating?
Yes, Sarah Clatterbuck, the lead of the WIT community team, will be the master of ceremonies for the hack day and many of the WIT team members are helping to plan and pull off this event. Sarah's day job is head of the web development teams responsible for horizontal user experience technical initiatives and infrastructure at LinkedIn.