Last weekend, ElleHacks hosted its third annual hackathon created for women and non-binary individuals.
The event, planned and run entirely by students with a background in STEM fields, was a massive success with twenty high-profile sponsors in attendance, a ton of creative workshops on AI, DevOps, Agile, and Design Thinking and unique activities like yoga and a photobooth.
The event was even featured on Breakfast Television Toronto, with panelist and correspondent, Lauren Howe, highlighting the experience.
Most notably, ElleHacks was honoured to have the Canadian Armed Forces women join them and provide insight into their line of work.
“I can't express how proud I am of my team. ElleHacks came together like magic and it wouldn’t have been this big without the support of the execs, the Lassonde School faculty, our sponsor family and most importantly our 80+ volunteers,” says Simran Kanda, Chair of ElleHacks and President of Women in Science and Engineering at York University.
Simran’s fellow executive team member, Saman Khan, whispered out of earshot, “I also want to give the hugest shout out to Simran, Shruti, Vivek, Sidharth for their tireless months of effort.”
The team worked for months preparing this huge event, while balancing demanding academic schedules and other extra-curricular activities. Throughout the process they were calm, organized, creative and humble and their hard work was clearly demonstrated through the huge turnout and positive feedback over the course of the weekend, and beyond.
Missed the event? The ElleHacks Team is posting a ton of photos on their Facebook page.
Thank you to all of the Elle Hacks Sponsors:
- Lassonde School of Engineering / York University
- Shopify/DEV Degree
- L3 Wescam
- Innovation York University
- York Small Business Enterprise Centre
- Markham Small Business Centre
- Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre
- Richmond Hill Small Business Centre
- RED Academy
- BEST Lab
- Community Partners: City of Toronto, Major League Hacking, Start Up Toronto, Founders Beta, Tech Toronto