Drawing attention to the involvement of women in technology and celebrating the International Women’s Day, for the fifth year in a row the association “Riga TechGirls” is organizing the “Women in Tech” hackathon, this year with the theme “Data. Health. Intelligence. The focus is on creating innovations both in healthcare and in any sphere where work with data or artificial intelligence takes place. Beginners as well as professionals and technology experts from various industries are invited to apply for the hackathon. Men are also welcome to participate.
The goal of the Women in Tech hackathon is not only to empower women to create and develop their first startup idea within 48 hours, but to do so in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment. It is possible to join a hackathon with an existing idea and find like-minded teammates within it, or join one of the teams whose idea appeals to you. The hackathon will take place in a hybrid format from March 8 to 10 in the Nature House of the University of Latvia and online.
To help with the realization of ideas, before the hackathon itself, participants will have the opportunity to participate in an idea generation and prototyping workshop on March 5, while a team building workshop is planned for March 7. Both workshops will take place at the Riga School of Economics. During the hackathon, an idea presentation workshop will also take place, so that the participants can better prepare for the final presentation of their completed work. In addition, during the hackathon, participants will also have access to expert support. Participation in the workshops and the hackathon itself is free.
“I am very happy that for the fifth year in a row we can invite women to try their hand at realizing their ideas at the Riga TechGirls inclusive hackathon! Although women are generally underrepresented in the startup environment, we wholeheartedly believe that there is strength in diversity and that it is teams with diversity in experience, gender, age or nationality that can create the most innovative solutions. By celebrating Women’s Day with a call to women to realize their ideas, we want to promote the vision that women’s self-realization should be supported not only by giving flowers, but also by practical support for their growth on a daily basis. comments Anna Andersone, head of “Riga TechGirls”.
As the manager of Novartis Latvia, Liene Siliņa, emphasizes: “Innovations are one of the most important elements for the qualitative development of healthcare. In our company, innovation is not just a commitment, but a real work that we, as a global leader in pharmaceuticals, dedicate every day to prolonging people’s lives and improving their quality by introducing science-based innovations and cooperating with the health technology ecosystem. By supporting the “Women in Tech” hackathon organized by “Riga TechGirls”, we want to create a platform for the creation of new solutions in healthcare, which will help improve patient access to services, early diagnosis of diseases, treatment outcome and faster return of the patient to a full life.”
At last year’s hackathon with the theme “Energy. Resources. Efficiency.” 127 participants from 15 different countries participated and at the end 15 different ideas were presented. In the end, the 1st place and 1000 EUR cash prize was won by the SORTIQ team with the idea of an app that facilitates the process of sorting clothes and things. The Top3 teams of this year’s hackathon will also receive cash prizes to encourage the development of ideas.
You can register for the hackathon until March 8. More information and registration:
Hackathon is supported by Novartis, Cabot, Printify and Sapiens, while its cooperation partners are University of Latvia, Bank of Latvia, Riga University of Economics and HackTribe.