Join us on October 24, 2015 for the Women’s Hackathon event at Cal State San Marcos

Code for a cause.
Code with your friends.
Bring your ideas to life!

Come join us on October 24, 2015 at California State University San Marcos to tackle these challenges:
From Care to College & Safe Care for Elderly

Our Platinum Level sponsors are The Gormally Family, Pivot3 and CompTIA. In addition, the Video in Community project and the Activate Computational Thinking project at CSUSM both contributed their support. The event website is sponsored by anaZanna.

The Women’s Hackathon is designed to inspire young women to explore the unknown and open doors to opportunities in the tech sector. The 12-hour event is open to all female students, ages 16 and older, who will work collaboratively to design a website, game, or mobile app that addresses a selected real world challenge. No prior programming experience is required and registration is free. There may be up to 6 people in a team. Prior to the event, teams can plan, storyboard, and determine what they want to do and how they will go about building their solution. The only caveat is that no programming is allowed until the day of the event. All projects must be submitted to Devpost by 5:30 pm. Teams will present their projects to a panel of judges and the whole group. Depending on the final number of teams at the event, each team may have 3 - 5 minutes to present and 1 - 2 minutes to answer questions from the Judge Panel. Projects will be judged in 4 categories: Appropriateness to Theme, User Experience & Functionality, Originality & Impact, and Technical Difficulty.

You’ll work in teams with other women to build something amazing (or at least get it started), pitch your solution, and share it with the world via Devpost. Not only will you learn a ton, but you’ll also earn prizes, gain the admiration of family and friends, and you could see your project adopted by ACE Scholar program or Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR).

Participation to the Hackathon is FREE. Register here.

This event is open to participants of all skill levels: those who haven’t programmed at all, those who are programming geniuses, those who have an eye in design and even product management. It will be a great weekend to learn, invent, and create the future. But not only that, you can use your innovative idea! We will give you more information on this as time comes!

Bridging the Gender Gap: We know the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to America’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are vastly underrepresented in these fields. The 2009 US Census reveals that although women fill close to half of all jobs in the country’s economy, they hold less than 25 percent of the STEM jobs. This has been the case throughout the past decade, even as college-educated women have increased their share of the overall workforce. We simply must do more to expose young women to the opportunities in STEM fields.

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Challenge 1: Overall Team Winner

Challenge 1: Originality&Impact

Challenge 1: Technical Difficulty, User Experience & Functionality

Challenge 2: Overall Team Winner

Challenge 2: Originality&Impact,Technical Difficulty

Challenge 2: Appropriateness to Theme,User Experience & Functionality

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


You are a student who self-identifies as female and are actively enrolled at an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university degrees. Homeschooled high school students are also welcome. If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you must ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Contest.


Up to six (6) eligible students may submit a single entry as a team. Team members may come from different academic institutions. We have learned in past experiences that the most effective team number is four.  

  • Each competitor may belong to only a single team within this Contest.
  • Teams are locked by 10:30 am on October 24, 2015, and no further changes to team membership can be made beyond that time.
  • Each team is solely responsible for its own cooperation and teamwork. In no event will Sponsor officiate in any dispute regarding the conduct or cooperation of any Team or its members.

The registration information you provide and the Contest App and entry materials that you develop will together be called your “Entry.”  


You may submit one Entry per team.  

We will disqualify any incomplete or illegible Entries that we receive. We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for Entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.



Challenge 1: From Care to College (sponsored by the ACE Scholar Program at CSUSM)

California has more than 60,000 youth living in foster care and some 3,000 of those youth are living in San Diego County. Being in foster care is traumatic and these children, who have already experienced abuse and/or neglect, face moving around a lot and many school changes while in foster care. Former foster youth also have challenges as young adults including homelessness, mental health issues, unemployment, and incarceration. Due to these and many other challenges, the educational attainment rates for former foster youth are extremely low. In a California study, 75% of foster youth dream of going to college, but do not think they have the opportunity nor do they have support to navigate and prepare for the process. It is estimated that only 3% of former foster youth obtain their 4-year college degree compared to 28% of the general population. 

​Cal State San Marcos’ and the ACE Scholars Services program’s mission is to increase the educational attainment rate of foster youth. The issue: how can we help youth in foster care know that they can go to college, get ready for college, understand there is money for them for college, get ready for the college application process, and be ready to succeed in college?


Challenge 2: Safe Care for Elderly  (sponsored by the Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR)

Ten thousand (10,000) people turn 65 every day and this will continue for the next 18 years.  In conjunction with this age wave, humans are living much longer than ever before.  With advanced age comes an increased need for dependency and caregiving services.  More families are finding that geographic distances along with work and family responsibilities make 24/7 caregiving for parents and/or spouses a significant challenge.  Assisted living facilities provide assistance and supervision to the elderly who can no longer independently care for themselves.  Families searching for a care facility want to locate a safe place for their loved one, typically within driving distance so they can visit regularly.  Locating a quality facility, however, is currently cumbersome and time-consuming.  Buried in the state’s filing cabinets are narratives on facility deficiencies for abuse, neglect, isolation, malnutrition, dehydration, theft and other personal rights violations.  But transparency is slowly improving.  This year, for the first time ever, California’s Department of Social Services displays on its website individual assisted living facility inspection data (i.e. citation totals, dates and number of inspections and complaints, etc.) for all of the approximately 8,000 assisted living facilities in the state. 

Our challenge is to make the compliance data for each assisted living facility easily available, understandable, and comparable for families within their selected geographic area. We are looking for conceptual model of an  application (possibly map-based) that provides easy access to compliance history data and perhaps additional public data (facility name, address, phone, ownership) for all facilities in California. Compliance data can be found at  You can select a county, hit search and you'll receive a set of facility results.  Also, the entire data set, (as of the date its downloaded)  for California assisted living facilities can be downloaded from that site, with a link just below the bridge picture.

Recommended Data Sources

The following resources provide facility profile information (name, address, etc.) as well as citation data:

California Department of Social Services (Elderly Assisted Living) (Assisted Living)


Other Resources for Context and Ideas for Getting Started

The Scan Foundation, Long-Term Care Fundamentals:

Google Maps

CARR website


NOTE: Assisted living facilities are not skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers.

How to enter

When you’re ready to enter your submission, go to the homepage and click CREATE A SUBMISSION. You can also start this process and save a draft of your submission as you’re working on it.

  • Make sure to include good screenshots.
  • Write a clear, detailed description of your application.
  • Include the link to the prototype demo
  • Include instructions on how to use your app(demo).
  • We recommend not creating presentation slides, but instead focusing all your time on creating a functioning demo.
  • On the submission form, list all your team members by their Devpost user name.




Judging Criteria