the genEquality Hackathon

Let's build tech and tools for gender equality.

The genEquality Hackathon is an initiative to inspire and create innovative technology and tools that solve for problems that we care about. How can technology help us create social, behavioral, and practical change for gender equality? Let’s answer that question together.

•  Inspirational, informative events + meet-ups
•  Access to expert mentors + valuable resources
•  Showcase + Pitch Competition

The genEquality Hackathon is open to participants and teams around the world. Through January 2019, diverse teams and participants everywhere will independently develop innovative ideas and smart, scalable solutions to serious problems. The genEquality Hackathon will conclude in January 2019 with a Showcase + Pitch Competition in New York City, where participants will have a chance to pitch and earn seed funding to turn their idea into reality.


The genEquality Hackathon


September 22, 2018
January 26, 2019


Participants welcome from everywhere. Events hosted in NYC, Washington D.C., Manila, Yangon, and more.


Developers - Community Organizers - Data Scientists - Behavioral Scientists - Media Makers - Designers - and more!


Hackathon Format & Details

The genEquality Hackathon is a four-month-long Hackathon. Participants can still join! Because we are committed to UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5 (gender equality), the Hackathon kicked off in September 2018, during UNGA / Global Citizen Week.

Hackathon Teams will have until January 26, 2019 to develop their ideas. During that time, registered participants will be assigned a Hackathon Mentor. They’ll also have access to a roster of expert advisors from organizations such as Vice, Google, Microsoft, ideas42, and more. Teams will also have access to exclusive partner resources, such as $5,000 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits.

During the fall, genEquality will plan monthly events + meet-ups for teams to gather, connect, and keep up momentum.

The genEquality Hackathon will conclude with a Showcase + Pitch Competition (January 2019). Teams will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges and investors for a chance to win up to $10,000 in seed funding and turn their product idea into a market reality. Terms + Conditions.

There are three ways to participate in the genEquality Hackathon:

I have a confirmed team of 2-8 people who want to work on a tool/technology idea that advances and reinforces gender equality.

I have an idea for a tool/technology that advances + reinforces gender equality, and I want to build it on my own.

I want to serve as a mentor for a Hackathon Team or serve as an expert advisor for Hackathon participants.

Our Inspiration

The idea for the genEquality Hackathon was born out of a conversation about the “Just Not Sorry” Chrome extension. We love the intent and the use of technology to create a scalable solution to a behavioral problem. But we also recognized its shortcomings – the “Just Not Sorry” tech solution reinforced masculine default bias. Our aim is to create a space in which changemakers come together to design and develop solutions that aren’t just focused on women, but on advancing equality and including everyone in the solutions.

We’re inspired by those who have come before us in using technology to advance meaningful solutions for gender equality. This is a non-exhaustive list, but a few examples include:

  HopSkipDrive:  LA-based “Lyft meets” for the working parent.

  Project Callisto: Technology platform that facilitates sexual assault reports and connects victims of the same assailant. 

  Textio: Software that leverages optimized language for job descriptions and reduces bias in the hiring process.

Our Goals

We mean it when we say we want to activate gender equality, with and for everyone.

Our hackathon is designed to:

•  Foster the idea and belief that gender equality is everyone’s cause, regardless of gender

•  Create, inspire, and activate a community of changemakers and activists

•  Break down negative, counterproductive, and/or outdated gender norms and stereotypes

•  Encourage the creation of new tools + technologies that advance gender equality

•  See innovative ideas become reality

Our Sponsors & Partners

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Interested in sponsoring the genEquality Hackathon?

We'd love that. Email us at, and we'll get the ball rolling!

Complete Your Registration

For accountability purposes, the genEquality Hackathon has a $40 registration fee. All Hackathon participants will receive:

  • A Hackathon mentor

  • Access to our high-caliber roster of experts and advisors

  • Access to exclusive partner resources (valued at $5,000+)

  • A genEquality tshirt of their choice ($29 value)

  • Entrance to the Hackathon Kick-Off and Showcase + Pitch Competition

Please complete your registration by clicking the link below. Your registration will not be complete without the payment.

(Note: We do not want cost to be a limiting factor. genEquality has a number of grants available for participants who wish to apply for their registration to be covered. Please complete the registration form, and indicate that you’d wish to apply for a grant and someone from our team will be in touch.)

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