Galvanize Hosts First Annual g|HACK, a 24-Hour Hackathon Supporting Women in Tech

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Hackers at Galvanize campuses in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and San Francisco will tackle challenges to make education more accessible.

Today Galvanize announced the inaugural g|Hack, a 24-hour hackathon to be held Friday March 27th at 5pm MST through Saturday March 28th at 5pm MST. The event will happen simultaneously across four Galvanize campuses, with participants tackling three challenges whose solutions will ultimately create more and better access for tech education. Each team will have at least one female participant, and 100% of all proceeds raised from the event will go to Women Who Code, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.

“At Galvanize, we’re dedicated to creating an environment where anyone can learn, grow, and get the skills they need to make an impact. We can’t wait to see how developers in our community create tools and applications that make education more accessible to everyone,” said Jim Deters, Galvanize co-founder and CEO.

Galvanize and Women Who Code are dedicated to creating access and opportunities for underrepresented groups to change their lives and make an impact in the tech industry. Their pre-existing strategic partnership has helped bring more women into tech, specifically through a full scholarship for a woman to attend one of Galvanize’s gSchool programs, the 6-month Full-Stack Web Development Immersive Course. Galvanize hopes to raise $50,000 at the Hackathon for Women Who Code.

"We are excited to see these four communities of makers come together to solve real business challenges, building and developing tools to empower others to be successful," said Alaina Percival, Chief Executive Officer of Women Who Code. "Diversity is at the core of innovation and there is nothing more gratifying than watching a talented, diverse group of engineers scale the magic of their success."

Money raised from the Hackathon will remain in the hands of local Women Who Code Networks in Denver/Boulder, Fort Collins and San Francisco, so those regional leaders can utilize and distribute the funds for maximum impact: for increased regional marketing, for local large-scale events and scholarship opportunities to introductory programming workshops at Galvanize campuses.

Participants in g|Hack will choose one of three education challenges to solve with a technical solution. They will have 24-hours to create an application, website, or a piece of software that makes it easier for female entrepreneurs to run a business. Each team must have at least one participant who is a woman. Over 400 participants are expected across all four campuses.

Those interested in participating in the hackathon as a developer, volunteer, or attendee can register in your designated city (copy and paste into a new window):

Denver - http://bit.ly/1BnnSS7
Boulder - http://bit.ly/1AS3g2D
San Francisco - http://bit.ly/1LSCsEn
Fort Collins - http://bit.ly/1LSCsEn

To support the Galvanize Foundation and Women Who Code through a charitable donation, please contact gHack(at)galvanize(dot)it.

About Galvanize: Galvanize is a community of technology campuses that provides life-changing opportunities for entrepreneurs, tech workers, and students by combining education, experience, and industry under one roof. Since launching its first campus in Denver in October 2012, Galvanize has expanded to San Francisco, California, and Boulder, Colorado, with more campuses scheduled to open throughout the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. Each campus offers training and education opportunities, tech-focused events and a variety of workspace options. To learn more about Galvanize and membership, visit http://www.galvanize.it.

About Women Who Code: Women Who Code (WWCode) is a U.S. based 501c3 non-profit with an international presence. The organization is a driving force for gender equality in the technical sector – acting as the catalyzer for social change and accelerating the rate at which members level up in their careers. To date WWCode has executed more than 1,200 events for 25,000 members in 51 cities around the globe. For more information, please visit http://www.womenwhocode.com.

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