The Cracking the Code Hackathon will:

  • Provide participants with experience that they can replicate with their peers in their organizations and communities.
  • Create a community of practice focused on enabling and increasing women’s participation in digital news entrepreneurship.
  • Build prototypes that can be turned into real world products or services.


Hackathon Sponsors


$10,000 in prizes

Best Hack (3)

A panel of judges will select three winning prototypes awarding teams cash prizes to develop innovative apps tackling the obstacles women face in the digital news startup industry

Honorable Mention

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jeremy Caplan

Jeremy Caplan
Director of education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Latoya Drake

Latoya Drake
Spokesperson and Media/Marketing Manager at Google

Julian Moncada

Julian Moncada
Julian Moncada is an analyst at Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Rosemary Okello Orlale

Rosemary Okello Orlale
Communication Specialist and Expert on Media, Gender and Communication for Development at the Ford Foundation

Chrys Wu

Chrys Wu
Founding Organizer of Hacks Hackers

Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone
SheKnows Media’s Chief Community Officer

Judging Criteria

  • Usefulness
    Potential to help women digital news entrepreneurs achieve startup success
  • Creativity
    New ideas and creative design aimed at maximizing impact
  • User-friendliness
    Employs principles of user-centered design
  • Technical Difficulty
    Reflects high level of technical skill

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