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ABOUT SHARKHACK 2019

Simmons SharkHack will be returning for its fifth iteration this Fall, September 27-28, 2019. Because Simmons University (formerly College) is a women-centered university, our hackathon focuses on providing college women* with the opportunity to collaborate 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.



*trans and non-binary inclusive

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Our Keynote

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Shelia Anderson
SVP & Chief Information Officer
Corporate Functions
Liberty Mutual Insurance

As Chief Information Officer for Liberty Mutual’s Corporate Functions, Shelia is responsible for applications and technologies that drive the global company’s financial, human resources, legal and data and analytics operations. Shelia’s team is responsible for building, implementing and maintaining innovative technology solutions that scale to meet Liberty’s growing business needs across the 50,000+ global employee base operating in 20+ countries.

Prior to joining Liberty Mutual in 2017, Shelia held executive roles with several Fortune 500 global technology organizations, including HP and Electronic Data Systems. She had most recently served as vice president and CIO of Property and Casualty Insurance at USAA.

Shelia was recognized by Insurance Business America as a “2018 Elite Woman.” She received her Bachelor of Science in computer science from Louisiana Tech University and her Masters of Science in engineering management from Southern Methodist University.

FAQ


A hackathon is a place of collaboration and innovation. In this 24 hour event, create a great hack to compete to win some awesome prizes, make new connections and gain valuable experience.
We invite all 18+, college enrolled students to attend. 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.
You will need a valid student ID to check in. Make sure to bring anything you need to feel comfortable, laptop chargers and most importantly, yourself!
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!
Absolutely! We anticipate having several prize categories. Check back closer to September for more specifics!
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.
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.
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!

Schedule

Friday

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4:30pm Opening Ceremony
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5:00pm Closing Ceremony

SPONSORS

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In Kind Sponsors

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We are currently accepting sponsors for September 2019!

DIRECTIONS

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[1] Main College Building
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02215
[5] One Palace Road
1 Palace Road
Boston, MA 02215

Questions or concerns?

Email us at simmons.sharkhack@gmail.com

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