Hope Y’all are ready for this because we at Girls in Tech Dublin (GITD) just leveled up our game!

On May 24-26th we hosted the first women-in-tech and female-led Hackathon in Ireland at The Digital Hub in D8, proudly alongside our main sponsor Paddy Power Betfair as well as backing from the IDA

Hacking for Humanity is a Girls in Tech Hackathon and this year we brought together over 150 people: 85+ registered hackers, who were divided into 10 multidisciplinary teams; 20+ speakers; 20+ cross-industry mentors; 1 minister;  and €4,000 in total cash prizes given away. They all came here ready to conquer the world, willing to learn, contribute and have a good time. gs.

Education and cooperation were at the pinnacle! For this Hackathon we focused heavily on fostering education. To achieve that a series of workshops, seminars, and panel discussions were organized by GITD not just to inspire but to help and guide the attendees to go from their idea to a business plan in one weekend. We set our goals very high for this one and safe to say we didn’t just reach them in the end but jumped above and beyond them!

We had a pleasure to work with 3 incredible local charities to help us tackle top business challenges that impacted Homelessness, Recycling, and Immigration, the charities were:

  1. Simon Community is the largest Irish charity organization focused on solving and tackling the homelessness issue in Ireland. 
  2. ReCreate is focused on making art materials and educational supplies accessible and affordable to every sector of the community for all kinds of creative purposes.
  3. One Foundation’s main aims is to significantly improve the life chances of refugees and vulnerable people. 

We are incredibly proud of the diversity of people that we brought together and what a huge impact it had on the Irish community. Strong female representation and male engagement of hackers; a diverse age range across the spectrum including under 30’s and over 50’s; Students, Professionals and Executives; and people from all over the world and every continent. Let’s just say we did well!  

 

There were four teams that received cash prizes, with the top prize being €2,000 big ones as well as a coworking space at The Digital Hub. The Top Hack team “Feel Your Impact” found a solution to a digital application for the charity ReCreate Ireland to help them manage their suppliers efficiently. We can certainly attest that these guys really put it all out there and worked like crazy, and we’re proud of all the other teams for their strong effort and dedication – it wasn’t easy!

We are incredibly proud of the diversity of people that we brought together and what a huge impact it had on the Irish community. Strong female representation and male engagement of hackers; a diverse age range across the spectrum including under 30’s and over 50’s; Students, Professionals and Executives; and people from all over the world and every continent. Let’s just say we did well!  

 

There were four teams that received cash prizes, with the top prize being €2,000 big ones as well as a coworking space at The Digital Hub. The Top Hack team “Feel Your Impact” found a solution to a digital application for the charity ReCreate Ireland to help them manage their suppliers efficiently. We can certainly attest that these guys really put it all out there and worked like crazy, and we’re proud of all the other teams for their strong effort and dedication – it wasn’t easy!

We are incredibly proud of the diversity of people that we brought together and what a huge impact it had on the Irish community. Strong female representation and male engagement of hackers; a diverse age range across the spectrum including under 30’s and over 50’s; Students, Professionals and Executives; and people from all over the world and every continent. Let’s just say we did well!  

 

There were four teams that received cash prizes, with the top prize being €2,000 big ones as well as a coworking space at The Digital Hub. The Top Hack team “Feel Your Impact” found a solution to a digital application for the charity ReCreate Ireland to help them manage their suppliers efficiently. We can certainly attest that these guys really put it all out there and worked like crazy, and we’re proud of all the other teams for their strong effort and dedication – it wasn’t easy!

We had powerful keynote addresses by inspiring women – such as Cecilia Mourain, Director of Retail, Product, & Innovation, Paddy Power Betfair; Linda Doyle, Head of Research for Trinity University; and Brenda Romero, co-Founder of Romero Games. These powerful women shared their visions of diversity and empowerment to encourage the next generation.  

We had a chit chat or an “in-between the fern” with Caroline Keeling, CEO of Keelings, and Nick Coyne, HR Director, Paddy Power Betfair. In that monumental talk, Caroline spoke on the importance of balancing your personal and your work life in our fast-paced “everything is now” world. One of the biggest political highlights was the inspirational keynote addressed by Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. She spoke about women in STEM, innovation, and creativity and how she’s very proud of Girls in Tech Dublin for paving the way.

In the end, the Award Ceremony was filled with smiles and joy. The air was full of inspiration and motivation, which to this day encourages the GIT Dublin team, to work harder and look for bigger challenges to make the world a better place! 

We are beyond thankful to all the people who helped us making the Hackathon into a fantastic weekend: attendees, sponsors, speakers, mentors, facilitators, charities,, the host, and the GIT Dublin team who worked tirelessly to make this historical event into a reality. Thank you all!