GraceHacks: All-female and Non-Binary Hackathon!

The aim of GraceHacks is to foster a welcoming and supportive hackathon environment for women and non-binary students. GraceHacks strives to empower these underrepresented groups and ensure that they have the confidence to create without inherent bias or sexism.


GraceHacks will be taking place from October 17-18 for a 24 hour virtual hackathon. We are the first all women/non-binary hackathon at UC Santa Cruz and we have a fun day filled with hacking, workshops, networking, and swag!


For more information, please check our website:


  • Female-identifying or non-binary college students (both undergraduates and graduates)

  • No prior experience necessary

  • Virtually available on the days of the event on October 17th and 18th

  • Teams must be of size 4 or less

  • Must be accepted by the organizers in order to participate


  • One team member must be registered on Devpost to submit a project
  • Each team must submit a maximum 2 minute video demo with the project
  • Include screenshots of the project 
  • "Opt-in" for the prizes your project qualifies for in order to be considered for those categories

*You do not have to opt-in for Judge's Pick, all projects will be considered for that prize*


Hackathon Sponsors


$1,300 in prizes


Each team member will win Tile Trackers

Best Beginner Hack

Each team member will win a HyperX Gaming Headset and Mousepad

Best Mobile Hack

Each team member will win a JBL Speaker

Best Web Hack

Each team member will win Wireless Earbuds

Best UX/UI

Each team member will win a Wacom Drawing Tablet


Each team member will win a Laptop Lap Desk

Judges Pick

Each team member will win a Simrex drone and a Makey Makey game

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Maitreyi Kulkarni

Maitreyi Kulkarni
Infosys Limited

Emma Saroyan

Emma Saroyan

Maggie Mathias

Maggie Mathias

Ryan Brounley
Wikimedia Foundation

Ashwini Vasanth

Ashwini Vasanth

Michael Aquino

Michael Aquino

Erum Afzal

Erum Afzal
NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Erum Afzal

Erum Afzal
NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Does it perform something new or unique? Does it have a new approach to an old problem?
  • Execution
    Is it usable and complete at its current state? Does everything seem to function properly and smoothly? Is it easy to use at first glance? Does the visualization obscure the functionality?
  • Usefulness/Practicality
    How significant and relevant is the problem that the solution is trying to solve?
  • Technology
    What kind of technologies did they incorporate into the final product? How technically sophisticated and elegant was the solution? How technically advanced is the project?
  • Adherence to the Category
    Did the hack adhere to the category they have applied for?

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