Hackathon 2024

Experience the power of diverse teams

Application Deadline: May 26th.

Connect with like-minded people from the tech industry and work on solutions to accelerate social change through diversity and inclusion in cross-functional and diverse teams. The Girls in Tech Switzerland Hackathon is sponsored and hosted by Digitec Galaxus AG this year and will be happening between June 10-27 2024 in Zurich.

In groups, you’ll solve 3 different challenges from Digitec Galaxus AG. See more info about the challenges below.

Who can apply?

We invite anyone to apply who enjoys testing out ideas, building prototypes, working in teams, and who wants to have a positive impact through technology. This includes people from all industries and professional backgrounds.

Participation is free and open to all genders. Participants must be 18 years old or older and be able to attend the event in person in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Experience the power of diverse teams.

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What to build

Participating teams will be following a proven design process. The teams will be working independently to build a viable prototype or solution for the given challenge. They will have access to mentors to answer critical questions, as well as a detailed manual with helpful exercises and tips along the way.

The design process consists of the following parts:

  1. Discovery: understand the challenge, explore the scope, and prioritize a specific area of the problem scope
  2. Ideation: brainstorm potential solutions, iterate over ideas & map out results, and settle on one idea to explore further as a prototype
  3. Prototyping: define the solution on a high level, map out workflows, create mockups, sketch user interfaces, build a prototype
  4. Testing: test the prototype/solution, connect with the other teams or mentors, explain the prototype & gather feedback
  5. Improve: based on the testing feedback do 1-2 rounds of improvements on your prototype

One prototype per team will be presented in the final pitch on June 27th.

Dates

  • May 26th EOD: Application deadline
  • June 3rd: Selected participants are informed (*)
  • June 7th: Confirm registration
  • June 10th (16:00-19:00): Kick-off event – meet your team & mentors
  • June 10-27: Create a prototype in your team (minimum time required: 8-10h / person)
  • June 27th (13:30-20:00): Pitch night & after party at Digitec Galaxus 

(*) We select participants in a way so we can create diverse and cross-functional teams.

Challenges

These three challenges are offered by our partner Digitec Galaxus related to their digital e-commerce experience:

  • Challenge 1: Our community in the year 2040 – a human and inspiring world
  • Challenge 2: Sustainable purchasing process – shopping with a clear conscience
  • Challenge 3: Inclusive product search – pretty much everything for everyone

Good to know

  • In the period between June 10-27 you will be getting support from mentors through a Slack workspace.
  • The time commitment for the hackathon apart from the kick-off and pitch night is a minium of 8-10 hours than can be allocated flexibly.
  • There is one team per challenge consisting of 4-5 people with diverse skills and backgrounds.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to the hackathon project lead [email protected].

Meet our partner

Meet our hackathon partner of this year that supports us in our mission to create more diversity and inclusion in tech.

Digitec Galaxus is the leading online shop for information technology and consumer electronics and the largest online department store in Switzerland with over 6.5 million products.

Meet Digitec Galaxus