espnW to Present Girls in Tech’s “Super Football Hackathon”

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The Weekend-Long Hackathon to Promote Women Developers Surrounding America’s Biggest Sporting Event.

Girls in Tech Super Football Hackathon -- January 15-17, 2016

“The Girls in Tech and espnW Hackathon will be an opportunity to demonstrate the innovation and inspiration that occur when women unite behind sports and technology,” said Laura Gentile, senior vice president, espnW and women’s initiatives.

Girls in Tech, an organization focused on the empowerment, entrepreneurship, engagement and education of women in technology, along with espnW, the voice for women who love sports, is proud to announce the Super Football Hackathon. This unique weekend will unite women developers who have a passion for sports, giving mobile product developers and designers the opportunity to create apps that will help visitors to the Bay Area navigate all the excitement surrounding Super Football Week. The Super Football Hackathon will take place at Founders Den in San Francisco on January 15 - 17, 2016.
“We are extremely excited to team up with espnW to help celebrate and encourage technology development, particularly for such a special weekend for football fans," said Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech. “All of the innovative results of the Hackathon will be put into real-life scenarios during a weekend with some many visitors to the Bay Area. We can't wait to see people's reactions.”
Apps created at the Hackathon are slated to launch three weeks prior to the Super Football weekend  to help visitors have the ultimate experience during America’s Biggest Sporting Event. The work developed in this event will be appraised by an experienced panel of judges to determine the standout Hackathon stars, who will win a variety of prizes. Current proposed app ideas range from a real-time geo-location app for finding fellow football enthusiasts and friends, a live-streaming app from downtown San Francisco and tailgates, to restaurant wait time apps, and traffic/street closure alerts with crowdsourced real-time updates from police and citizens.
“The Girls in Tech and espnW Hackathon will be an opportunity to demonstrate the innovation and inspiration that occur when women unite behind sports and technology,” said Laura Gentile, senior vice president, espnW and women’s initiatives. “As San Francisco is clearly one of the most progressive cities and we'll be creating around the biggest sporting event, our team is thrilled to be involved and supportive of these app development efforts.”
Flavius Popescu and Daniel Pyrathon, engineers at Coffee Meets Bagel, will serve as Hackathon leaders. Mentors will be present to guide the attendees on the platform or technology chosen for the event. Judges and mentors for the Super Football Hackathon include executives from espnW, ESPN, LoopUp and others.
Girls in Tech regularly hosts Hackathons to provide developers, designers, scientists, students, entrepreneurs and educators a place to gather and collaborate on projects including applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions. These events give participants the chance to flex their skills, work with fellow hackers, and learn something new, such as a programming language or API. The Hackathon is an open event that promotes gender equality and bridges the gap in the technology and start-up spaces.
In addition to espnW, the Super Football Hackathon will also be sponsored by LoopUp.
Participation requirements and schedule of events, can be found on the Girls in Tech website. Tickets are available but limited.
About Girls In Tech
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to promote the growth and success of entrepreneurial and innovative women in the technology space.
Created in February 2007, Girls in Tech was founded by Adriana Gascoigne, and was born out of a need to provide a place for women to cultivate ideas around their careers and business concepts involving technology and entrepreneurship. Girls in Tech is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and has multiple chapters around the world, including North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America.
Girls in Tech offers a variety of initiatives for women and girls to enhance their professional aspirations. Our programs include Catalyst Conference, Lady Pitch Night Competitions, GIT M (Mentorship Program), GIT Hackathons, Bootcamps, XChange, GIT WORK, Global Classroom, and many more.
About espnW
espnW serves women who love sports. provides an engaging environment that offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and shares a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women. Founded in July 2010, espnW lives across digital, television, films, events, educational platforms and social media. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit is the leading event of its kind in the sports industry.
Media Contacts
Kat Eller
ROAM Communications for Girls In Tech
Crystal Yang Edwards
ESPN Communications

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