AngelHack Announces Lady Problems: A Hackathon Series Addressing the Problems That Prevent Female Entrepreneurship

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Rallying innovative corporate brands and nonprofits to help create a conversation about gender inequality in tech

As a female-owned, female-majority company, we are very passionate about this initiative and the problems female entrepreneurs face, and we are excited to support the solutions that come from the Lady Problems hackathon series - Sabeen Ali

Today AngelHack announces Lady Problems: A hackathon series addressing the problems that prevent female entrepreneurship, inviting developers, designers and entrepreneurs to create solutions for important issues women face in health, safety, economic empowerment, and culture.

Many forward-thinking corporate companies and nonprofits such as AWS, Procter & Gamble, TechWomen, IBM, and Google are flocking to support this cause-based hackathon series, and are rallying behind the mission of Lady Problems. Additionally, Capital One will sponsor an exclusive screening of the CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap documentary at each event, worldwide.

This global hackathon series will take place in a total of 14 cities in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, United States, India, and Australia. The hackathons will focus on four challenges that address “Lady Problems”, or problems preventing female entrepreneurship, including health and accessing healthcare; safety, making sure women feel safe when they go to, are at, and come home from work; economic empowerment to maximize resources women need to grow their business; and, culture, to help women gain support from their families and communities, co-workers and employers.

“As a female-owned, female-majority company, we are very passionate about this initiative and the problems female entrepreneurs face,” said Founder and CEO of AngelHack, Sabeen Ali, “and, we are excited to support the solutions that come from the Lady Problems hackathon series.” Having produced many successful startups with the HACKcelerator program, and catching the interest of mainstream accelerators such as Techstars, Google Launchpad Accelerator, and Startup Chile; AngelHack has launched a new social good accelerator specifically to support the winning teams from this series.

'Supporting diverse founders is supporting increased innovation and profit. I'm a capitalist, I want to make money and countless studies have shown that the best way to make money is to have diverse teams working to solve diverse problems. That the tech and VC community is so far behind on this fact is bewildering. It's time to get greedy and fund more women," said Sarah Kunst, Founder & CEO of Proday and Lady Problems North America.

Amazing, and powerful women from the tech industry have begun to back Lady Problems by sitting on the advisory board, sharing the mission of the hackathon, and getting their friends and family involved. Gina Richards, another Advisor and Digital Supply Chain Associate Director at Procter & Gamble said, "I am proud to be part of Lady Problems Hackathon because together we can do anything." Other Advisors include lliana Montauk, Startup Accelerator Director at Gaza Sky Geeks and Mercy Corps; Pocket Sun, Founding Partner at SoGal Ventures; Shalini Prakash, Venture Capital at 500 Startups, and Amanda Stiles, Engineer at SpaceX, and more.

For more information on Lady Problems: A Hackathon addressing the problems that prevent female entrepreneurship, Code for a Cause, or AngelHack contact Kelsey Ruiz at (415) 754-0261 or email her at kelsey(at)angelhack.com.

About Code For A Cause
Code For A Cause is a 501(3)(C) nonprofit organization that inspires individuals to leverage technology for social good. In 2013 AngelHack saw a need to create more dialogue between the vastly growing gender gap in tech and began to do that through encouraging their community of 100,000+ to create solutions that would better core social issues. CFAC aims to make tech and the resources needed to code, readily available to help girls, women, students, returning veterans, and minority groups in learning to see the power and the possibilities that code has. Find out more at: codeforacause(dot)co.

About AngelHack
AngelHack, a female-owned, female-majority comapny is the world’s largest developer ecosystem, helping to drive open innovation of tech products, platforms and brands with extraordinary smarts, scale and speed. Founded in 2011, and known as pioneers of global hackathons, AngelHack’s more than 100,000 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs in 72 cities around the globe compete to build, test and launch new solutions over the course of a weekend. AngelHack’s HACKcelerator program and other education initiatives connect ambitious developers with thought leaders and experienced entrepreneurs to help them become more versatile, entrepreneurial and successful as change-makers.

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