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FEMMESHacks took place on Saturday, November 3. Be sure to join us again next fall, or check out our GitHub page for more resources.

What is FEMMESHacks?

FEMMESHacks is a day-long hackathon of coding, speakers, food, and fun for high-school girls who are interested in learning more about computer science and programming. A hackathon can be thought of as a marathon of hacking, or coding. Girls will come together in teams to collaborate on various software or hardware projects to present at the end of the event. We welcome any female-identifying students enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) – even if you have not participated in any FEMMES or computer science programs previously.

What to Expect at FEMMESHacks:

The day will begin with speakers and workshops focused on how to set up a development environment and introduction to languages like Python and JavaScript, as well as web development workshops for students with some prior experience. Throughout the day there will be ample time for working on projects with a team, volunteers around to assist participants, workshops on topics such as UI/UX design and 3D-printing, and more.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided. Programming will occur in teams, and there will be a team-forming opportunity at the start of the event.



Interested in learning more about programming? Check out these resources!

  • GitHub
  • Codecademy
    • Codecademy offers tons of introductory courses to various programming languages. The courses can be a little more time consuming, but help you practice writing and debugging actual code.
  • CodeWars
  • General Assembly
  • HackerRank
    • HackerRank allows you to choose from a large selection of programming languages.
    • The 30 Days of Code challenge is a very comprehensive introduction to computer programming. It introduces basic concepts as well as more complex data structures, such as Linked Lists and Trees. Each activity includes thorough tutorials paired with the challenge for the day.
  • HTML Dog
  • Khan Academy
    • The Computer Program section includes many interesting courses, such as introductions to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Learn Python
  • Mozilla Developer Network
  • Udacity: Learn to Code
    • This free course takes you through a 3 month introduction to HTML, CSS, Python, and JavaScript. This course is very comprehensive and, better yet, open to all levels of experience!
    • Opens September 18 (more intense – like an actual course)
  • iPhone Apps
    • Py
      • Py is a free app available on the Apple Store. It has many different courses with modules that are short and easy to understand. Courses include introductions to languages like Java, Python, R, Swift etc.
    • SoloLearn
  • YouTube