Join us for a weekend dedicated to filling the gender gap, exploring technology, and building the next big thing! Our mission is to support and nurture women* in tech by hosting Southern California's premiere all female* hackathon. Expect a weekend full of workshops, mentorship, tech talks, social activities, food, and more! No experience necessary, you just need passion.

*trans and non-binary inclusive

From hardware to mobile, there are so many fields to explore! We want women to explore their ideas and interests, and are looking forward to some amazing projects!

We're all about helping each other grow! We hope to foster a supportive environment so that each participant at AthenaHacks feels welcome and comfortable.

Right now, only 20% of hackathon participants are women. We hope to fill that gap by providing a comfortable environment that is focused on learning and exploring!


  • What's a hackathon?

    A hackathon is a weekend-long gathering of curious minds to learn something new. Often times, attendees do this by picking up a project of their choosing to work on for the weekend. This is a great way to really dive into a topic you've been meaning to explore and you'll get to make new friends as you work in a team! Hackathons provide other ways to learn, too - you can attend workshops, listen to speakers, or network and meet with other students and representatives from companies!
  • Can I attend?

    If you are an undergraduate or high school female* who loves to hack, the answer is YES! Women* in industry are welcome to mentor! If you identify as male, we're sorry to say this hacking environment is not for you. This hackathon is about bringing women together in a comfortable setting. However, if you are a male interested in helping our cause, we'd love to have you as a mentor or volunteer! Mentor applications are currently closed for this year but if you still want to get involved, reach out to us at athenahacks@gmail.com.
  • What are the rules about high schoolers?

    If you're a high schooler who will be at least 17 years old by AthenaHacks, you are invited to AthenaHacks! You will need to have your parent/guardian pick you up for the evening and then return you back on Sunday morning, however.
  • Do I need to be a CS major or minor?

    No! This is the perfect place for any student to create their first coding project or for more experienced individuals to learn even more and build a great project! We'll have plenty of resources for beginners to get started!
  • How do I register?

    Applications will be opening in winter 2018. Fill out the interest form found above to get updates about when it's available!
  • Does this cost money?

    Nope! Admission is free and covers overnight stay, food, all the snacks you could ever want, and of course, our sponsors and AthenaHacks will provide you with the free swag!!
  • How do I get to USC?

    We'll be sending buses to UCI, UCSD, and UCLA. We'll have Lyft codes to get you to and from AthenaHacks and you can request parking passes if you're driving yourself. More details here: http://bit.ly/AthenaTransportation
  • What about travel reimbursements?

    Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide travel reimbursements this year. Sorry for the inconvenience :(
  • How do teams work?

    You can form teams of at most 4 people. You can have your teammates in mind before the event, or you can make a team at our team formation event before opening ceremony or the team formation event after opening ceremony!
  • Will there be hardware available?

    Yes! Hardware will be provided by MLH.
  • Where do I sleep?

    If hacking all night isn't your way to go, we'll have places provided for you to catch a few Z's!
  • What should I bring?

    Remember to bring a valid student ID for admission and anything you need to hack away!
  • is there a code of conduct?

    Yes, we want to make AthenaHacks enjoyable for everyone! You can find the code of conduct here.
  • How do I become a mentor?

    Mentor Apps for 2019 are coming soon!

if we missed your question, hit us up at athenahacks@gmail.com

if we missed your question, hit us up at athenahacks@gmail.com



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