Waterloo Equithon



Our first Gender Equity Hackathon


May 5th - 7th, 2017


Applications are now closed! See you on May 5!



What is the Waterloo Equithon?

The University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics HeForShe Committee is holding our first Gender Equity Hackathon! The Equithon is being held in support of the United Nations’ HeForShe 10x10x10 initiative. Over three days, participants will create a project that raises awareness of or addresses an issue related to equity.

Who can attend?

All University of Waterloo students are encouraged to participate, from beginners to experienced coders and hackers.

What can I make?

Each hacker may choose to tackle any of the five challenges:

  1. Poverty and Equity

  2. Gendered Racism

  3. Women Empowerment

  4. Mental Health

  5. Physical Disabilities

There will be one winner per challenge and one overall winner.

Check out our ideas page for inspiration!

When and where is the Equithon?

The Equithon will be held from May 5th to May 7th, 2017, in the lower level of the Science Teaching Complex (STC). This is not an overnight event. View the full schedule here.




Applications for hackers are now closed.



Applications for volunteers are now closed.



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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where the participants, either individually or in teams, build projects from scratch over a short period of time (in this case, three days) and present to a team of judges. Hackathons are a place to be creative, learn new skills, and make new friends!

Can I attend if I have never coded and/or been to a hackathon before?

Definitely! The Equithon is open to all students who are interested in supporting equity. Experience in coding is an asset, but is not required. There will be many workshops tailored to a range of skill levels to help you with your hack.

What can I make?

You can make anything that raises awareness of or addresses an issue related to equity - whether it be gender, racial, etc. If you don’t have an idea yet, don’t worry! We will be providing resources leading up to and during the Equithon to help you brainstorm.

Can I work on a project at the Equithon that I’ve already started?

No. To ensure fairness, hackers must submit projects started at the Equithon.

How much does it cost?

Absolutely nothing! Registration is free and all meals and snacks will be provided.

Why is the Equithon not an overnight event?

We decided that the Equithon should not be an overnight event because we want to be as inclusive as possible. Hackathons that span a whole weekend can be intimidating - we want people who would not normally be comfortable attending hackathons to join us too.

When are applications open?

Applications for hackers are open until April 26th, 2017 at 11:59PM EDT (Waterloo time).

What happens if I am accepted?

By April 28th, all accepted hackers will receive an email with instructions to confirm their attendance at the Equithon. Accepted hackers must RSVP by May 1, 2017.

Have more questions?

Send us an email at equithon@uwaterloo.ca

Equity isn’t a women’s issue.
Equity is an everybody issue.
— Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor