Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event in which programmers, graphic designers, content strategists, interface designers, user experience professionals, and project managers collaborate intensively on projects. [source]

Or as we like to call it: an event where people work together to find new solutions to a problem. [source]

Who should attend?

If you are a working professional in the tech industry, you’re welcome to attend. If you’ve taken a tech class such as those provided by GirlDevelopit, or, have participated in a tech/design workshop you’re welcome to attend. The experience will sharpen your skills no doubt.

But even if you haven’t attended any of these events, you’re still totally welcome to join! Beginners are especially encouraged to participate, as are experienced technologists who are interested in sharing their knowledge and skills while working on projects that they are passionate about.

If you’re a professional working in any of the website-building related fields, then you’re needed! You’ll help guide the projects along and contribute to mentor less experienced participants.

I run/know/love a nonprofit in need of a website – can you build them one?

We can’t make any guarantees, but your nonprofit is welcome to apply to have a website built during Website Weekend. Just head over to our Nonprofit Application page and get the ball rolling by completing that form. We’ll be in touch shortly afterward.

I run/know/love a nonprofit that has a website already, but it needs some work – can you help?

Not all of our projects will involve building out a brand new website from scratch. We’re also open to doing some much-needed work on existing sites. Just head over to our Nonprofit Application page and complete the form to get things started. We’ll be in touch shortly afterward.

What is a mentor?

Mentors are experienced folks who are comfortable working with groups to find solutions. Mentors will be available to all participants and groups. Mentors may assist with:

  • brainstorming
  • scope – what can be done in the time allotted?
  • problem-solving or troubleshooting
  • hands-on development
  • getting groups to the finish line
  • or other things as needed

What should I bring?

Whatever you need to work. A laptop with the ability to get online via wireless is necessary. Notebook, pen/pencil, business cards, and power strips are useful. Oh, and an eagerness to learn and try new things!

Think about what you’ll need to be comfortable working for 8+ hours for two days in a row. Laptops tend not to be super comfortable to use for long periods of time, so bring along an external keyboard and mouse if that will help keep your wrists and hands healthy and happy. Bring headphones if you like to work with music or if you need white noise to cancel out the sounds of the teams working around you.

Basically, bring whatever you need to make the experience a good one. At the first Website Weekend, one designer even arrived with her 30″ monitor packed in a suitcase so she’d have plenty of screen real estate for getting her work done. Whatever makes you efficient, comfortable, happy, and healthy.

Will there be internets?

Yes, our venue sponsor will provide wifi access!

I can’t make it both days. Can I still participate?

Yes! If you can only make one day and want to join, you should come. Unfortunately, we can’t give you a refund for the day that you can’t attend, but your dollars go to a good cause.

Do I need to work all night to participate?

Heavens, no. While some hackathons are all-weekend affairs, Website Weekend is meant to be a bit more accommodating and less intense. You are encouraged to go home and get rest between the two days of the hackathon. See our schedule for further details and times.

Where does the registration fee go?

Website Weekend is a fundraiser! One hundred percent of the participation fee goes to Girl Develop It, a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and judgement-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development.

Can I volunteer?

Absolutely! Anyone interested in volunteering should get in touch! Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, sign-in, and breakdown during the hackathon. Volunteers have the fee waived and are free to work on projects outside their volunteer shifts.

Can my son or daughter attend?

All Girl Develop It events are for adults ages 18 and up only. Minors may not attend, even if they are accompanied by their parents. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Can I sponsor?

Well, we won’t say no to that! If you’re interested in sponsoring our event, please review our sponsorship information and get in touch to let us know how you’d like to help.

This sounds AMAZING! How do I sign up?

Get your tickets here! You can also stay in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.