Australia's first ever female hackathon has been held in Melbourne, with support from RMIT's School of Business IT and Logistics.
Almost 40 women recently attended "She Hacks", an event hosted by Girl Geek Melbourne and sponsored by RMIT that aims to foster stronger interest and involvement from women in the IT industry.
Dr Kathy Henschke, Senior Lecturer in the Business IT and Logistics, said: "We believe females bring new insights and innovations to the IT space and we strongly support this exciting initiative to encourage more females to pursue careers in IT."
Participants were required to work in teams for 24 hours to develop a new application.
Each team consisted of a hacker (programmer), a hustler (business/marketing) and a hipster (designer).
The hackathon was run simultaneously in Sydney, with 11 teams created in each city.
Tammy Butow, event coordinator, said she was looking forward to seeing the impact of more tech-savvy women.
"The internet we know now was primarily built by men, so we wonder about what it will look like if there were more women involved in it," she said.
Lisy Kane, who attended the Melbourne event, says the 24 hours of creative and technical mayhem was a great insight into the raw talent local women have to offer.
"I was amazed at the variety, innovation and team work each of the presentations showcased," she said.
Participants formed into teams on the first night and worked on their ideas until midnight. They were back early for day two and were required to deliver their pitches by 4pm.
In the middle of working hard to deliver a product by the deadline, participants also took some time out for a yoga class.
The Melbourne team winners were:
Grand Prize Winner: Garage Sale Map, an app which lets people see what garage sales are happening near them on a map on their phone.
Runner-up Winner: Wake Up Dress Up, an app that fuses morning weather updates with suggestions of possible clothing outfits.
Social Good Prize Winner: OneStopRecycle, an app to assist with the confusion of how to dispose of specific items.
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