6th annual women-centric hackathon at Rutgers University

HackHERS 2020 is the sixth iteration of Rutgers' annual, women-centric hackathon. On February 22-23, over 400 students from colleges throughout the U.S. will come together for 24 hours to turn their ideas into reality. HackHERS is organized by Rutgers Women in Computer Science, in collaboration with the Douglass Project for Women in STEM. 

Attendees will enjoy a weekend of awesome tech, food, swag, workshops, and mini-events while learning from distinguished speakers, inspiring mentors, and peers. Students will come together and get involved in learning, planning, and developing projects– ranging from web applications to hardware hacks–with the ultimate goal offostering growth and productivity among women who want to code. 

We want to create a space where women feel empowered to create with code and explore tech culture, and we invite everyone to help us achieve that.

**We use the inclusive definition of “women” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.

View full rules


  • Individuals who are undergraduate or graduate students
  • Must be registered as a hacker (www.ruhackhers.org)
  • All genders are welcome!


A valid submission is a software or hardware hack produced at HackHERS 2020, from start to finish.

Make your project, submit your hack including your entire codebase (ex. Github repository link) to Devpost and attend the HackHERS expo to show off what you built. You must demo at the expo and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes. 

Remember to include all your team member names, up to 4 people.

Be sure to indicate what category you are competing for.


Ana Centeno

Ana Centeno
Professor at Rutgers University

Lars Sorensen

Lars Sorensen
Professor at Rutgers University

Judging Criteria

  • Application
    Does the project have any feasible application in real life? Does it seem like something that someone could use or would actually have a benefit in the real world?
  • Functionality/Quality
    Is the project free of major bugs? Does it look appealing? The UI/UX doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect, but if we're having a hard time understanding the project by looking at it, there may be a problem.
  • Creativity
    We want hackers to create a project that makes you say “wow” and tell all your friends about it. We're looking for projects that think so far outside the box that you begin to wonder why there was a box at all in the first place.
  • Technical Complexity
    In only 24 hours, hackers manage to build projects with remarkably complex infrastructures built on excitingly advanced frameworks. We hope to see projects that are really running some beautiful code or hardware under the hood.
  • Social Impact
    We're looking for hacks that seem crazy, the moonshots that seem out of this world, and the blueprints for change that will impact future generations in humanity's most pressing areas of concern in the coming years.


  • Fintech
  • Machine Learning/ AI
  • Social Good