DivHacks is Columbia's first and only diversity hackathon with an objective to create an empowering and inspirational space for underrepresented students in entrepreneurship and technology. DivHacks aims to celebrate the contributions made by underrepresented technologists and to introduce a space for disenfranchised communities to create and build technologies that reflect our narratives. We believe that enhancing diversity in entrepreneurship and technology is one of the greatest economic and social uplift opportunities of our lifetime. By addressing the needs of the increasingly diverse global economy, we can build more impactful, inclusive, and meaningful products and technologies.
This year's DivHacks theme is Uplifiting Urban America. Contestants are expected to work in small teams towards building an application that is aimed towards solving issues found across many inner cities.
Maggie Chan Jones is a seasoned C-level executive specializing in marketing, business transformation and technology. I’m also an entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of Tenshey, Inc., a startup with a mission to advance gender diversity and leadership development through executive coaching. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, I was the first woman to be appointed as CMO of SAP, I led global advertising and brand experience initiatives, sponsorships, digital marketing, strategic events, customer audience journey, and field and partner marketing across all markets.
DivHacks is open to students from other schools. Be sure to indicate your school on the registration form.
Not at all! DivHacks welcomes people of all skill levels and that includes those who are interested in learning. Throughout the hackathon, there will be workshops aimed towards beginners in different areas including workshops for those with no prior programming experience at all.
DivHacks will take place in the James Room, which is located at Barnard Hall on the Barnard College campus. Worshops wil take place throughout the day in other rooms outside of the James Room that are in the building.
Be sure to bring an ID, a computer, charger, any other gear you might need, and yourself! Food will be served throughout the day.