About SharkHack 2019

Simmons SharkHack will be returning for its third year this Spring, April 26 - April 27, 2019.

Because Simmons University (formerly College) is a women-centered university, our hackathon focuses on providing college women and recent graduates with the opportunity to join forces and develop new mobile apps, games, hardware hacks, and more.

This year, SharkHack will take place in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, located on the third floor of Simmons Main College Building.


I’m not a woman — can I attend this event?

The goal of this hackathon is to create a safe space for individuals who identify as female or nonbinary, or were assigned female at birth, since these people are frequently underrepresented in computer science. With that in mind, feel free to register regardless of your gender.

Is this hackathon beginner friendly?

Yes! Although there may be teams who want to work on more advanced projects, we’ll make sure you end up on a team that’s well-suited to your level of technical expertise. Part of what makes hackathons so fun is the opportunity to learn!

Will there be prizes?

Absolutely! We anticipate having several prize categories. Check back closer to March for more specifics!

Will I be reimbursed for travel fees?

Since Simmons is conveniently located off of both D and E lines on the MBTA Green Line, we do not anticipate providing travel support for individuals living in Boston. However, if you are traveling from a location that will require the use of buses, Amtrak, or the Commuter Rail, please contact us, and we can discuss the potential for reimbursement.

Will I be able to pick my own team?

Yes, we encourage students to form teams based on project interest. We will also offer a registration option for students who would prefer to be placed on a team. These teams will be designed by the Simmons SharkHack organizers.

I’d like to build a hardware hack. Will there be support for that?

We anticipate being able to provide Raspberry Pi kits and Arduino boards for interested teams. Additionally, if you would like to bring your own supplies for a hardware hack, we encourage you to do so!

I’m a recent graduate, but I’d rather be a mentor than participate — can I do that?

Definitely! We’re looking for enthusiastic mentors who can provide teams with advice, guidance, and technical expertise, regardless of age.

Are male mentors welcome at this event?

Yes, male mentors are welcome. Ideally, all mentors should be committed to supporting women in technology, and this is a great opportunity to do so.


Student Registration Form



Interested in being a mentor? We’d love to have you! Ideally, mentors should have a strong skillset in a tech-related domain, such as software engineering, web design/development, software engineering, app building, or hardware.

Mentor Registration Form

Check out our Call for Mentors letter!




3:00 PM

Doors Open

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Opening Ceremony

4:30 PM

Coding Begins!

6:00 PM

Dinner Time!

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Resume and Technical Interview Workshop

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Intro to Mobile Development with Xamarin Workshop

8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Continue Coding/ Salior Moon Marathon

12:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Midnight Trivia

1:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Continue Coding/Salior Moon Marathon

9:00 AM

Breakfast Time!

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Build an IoT Device in 90 Minutes Workshop

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Evolution of Networking to the Cloud Workshop

12:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Time/ Women in Tech Panel

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Git & Github: Version Control You Need to Know Workshop

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Last Hour to Finish Projects

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Projects Judged

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Prizes Awarded and Closing Ceremony

4:30 PM

Time to Go Home!

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