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 AIHacks

Southern California’s First All-Female High School Hackathon

June 15-16, 2019
USC Institute for Creative Technologies
12015 E Waterfront Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90094

 
 

ABOUT AIHACKS

Learn. Create. Be inspired. Have fun.
 
 

AIHacks is a student-run hackathon for high school females (non-binary & trans inclusive) with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI). Founded by a team of high school students in tech, our team is passionate about addressing the gender gap in the field.

AIHacks is completely free, with food, swag, and awesome prizes included! At AIHacks, we invite participants to spend a weekend dedicated toward learning new skills and building innovative projects, while establishing a network of relationships. Our mission is to empower young women to pursue their interests in technology and AI, as well as challenge them to apply their knowledge to make a difference in the world.

 
 

FAQ

What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event in which a large group of programmers come together to work on projects and solve problems with code.

When and where is AIHacks?
AIHack will take place on June 15 and June 16, 2019. It will be located at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (12015 E Waterfront Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90094).

How do I apply?
The application process is easy! Just fill out this registration form. It should only take 5-10 minutes.

How do I form a team?
Each team will consist of 2-4 participants. You do not have to have a team already, and you can make your team at AIHacks. If you have friends/classmates interested, feel free to invite them as well.

Do I need any programming experience?
Nope! ALL levels of previous coding experience are welcome at AIHacks. Our volunteers, mentors, and workshops will teach you everything that you need to know!
What is artificial intelligence?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that gives computers the ability to perform human-like tasks.

Who can attend?
We welcome any high school student (current 9th-12 graders) who identifies as female to attend.

How much does AIHacks cost?
Thanks to our amazing partners and sponsors, AIHacks is completely free! We will provide all food, swag, prizes, and materials.

How can I become a volunteer/speaker/mentor/judge?
Register to be a volunteer/speaker/mentor/judge HERE! Someone from our team will get back to you within 3 days. We would love to have your help.

What do I need to bring?
You don’t have to worry about food and drinks! However, please bring a laptop, chargers, valid ID (school ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.), and anything else you may want to use. In addition, bring a sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, and any other items you might need overnight.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday

Sunday

 

08:15 AM Doors Open

09:00 AM Opening Ceremony

09:30 AM Keynote: Dr. Kallirroi Georgila

10:00 AM Begin hacking!

10:00 AM Intro to Python Workshop

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 PM iOS App Development Workshop

12:30 PM HTML/CSS Workshop

01:30 PM Guest Lecture: Dr. Gale Lucas

02:00 PM Continue working!

03:30 PM Snack Break

04:30 PM Guest Lecture: Dr. Jonathan May

06:00 PM Dinner

10:00 PM Artificial Intelligence Workshop

 

12:00 AM Midnight Snack

07:45 AM Breakfast

09:00 AM Submissions Due

09:15 AM Elevator Pitches Begin

11:00 AM Women in Tech Panel

11:45 AM Closing Survey and Snacks

12:00 PM Closing Ceremony and Awards

01:00 PM End!


GUEST LECTURERS

 
Dr. Kallirroi Georgila
Professor at USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Dr. Gale Lucas
Professor at USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Dr. Jonathan May
Professor at USC Information Science Institute
 

WOMEN IN TECH PANEL

Christine Meinders  Founder, Feminist.AI

Christine Meinders
Founder, Feminist.AI

Sandra Motylewski  Chief of Staff, AppliedVR

Sandra Motylewski
Chief of Staff,
AppliedVR

Shirin Nikaein  CEO, EvalueMe.AI

Shirin Nikaein
CEO, EvalueMe.AI

Lia Fernandez  TECHNOLOChicas

Lia Fernandez
TECHNOLOChicas

Eura Shin  Undergraduate  Student, USC

Eura Shin
Undergraduate
Student, USC

Kari George  Sr. Data Manager, UCLA BRAID

Kari George
Sr. Data Manager,
UCLA BRAID

MEET OUR TEAM

Emily Jin is a junior in the Highly Gifted Magnet at North Hollywood High School. After attending Stanford AI4ALL in 2017, her interest in computer science and AI grew as she worked on a bioinformatics project to identify the presence of cancer in patients. Working alongside 30 girls, she also gained a better understanding of the gender gap in tech. She has since worked to alleviate the issue through various outreach efforts. In 2017, she founded EducAIte, an organization that provides hands-on coding opportunities to local students. This summer, through AIHacks, Emily hopes to provide local high school girls with the opportunity to explore coding in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Emily Jin is a junior in the Highly Gifted Magnet at North Hollywood High School. After attending Stanford AI4ALL in 2017, her interest in computer science and AI grew as she worked on a bioinformatics project to identify the presence of cancer in patients. Working alongside 30 girls, she also gained a better understanding of the gender gap in tech. She has since worked to alleviate the issue through various outreach efforts. In 2017, she founded EducAIte, an organization that provides hands-on coding opportunities to local students. This summer, through AIHacks, Emily hopes to provide local high school girls with the opportunity to explore coding in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

EMILY JIN
Founder and Executive Director
North Hollywood High School
Lavanya Sharma is a sophomore in high school, enrolled in her school's Highly Gifted Magnet program. She has over 4 years of programming experience in object-oriented languages C++ and C#, and is currently enrolled in AP Computer Science A, an introductory course to Java. She is also a member of her school's Cyberpatriot team. In the future, Lavanya plans to pursue to career in the STEM field.

Lavanya Sharma is a sophomore in high school, enrolled in her school's Highly Gifted Magnet program. She has over 4 years of programming experience in object-oriented languages C++ and C#, and is currently enrolled in AP Computer Science A, an introductory course to Java. She is also a member of her school's Cyberpatriot team. In the future, Lavanya plans to pursue to career in the STEM field.

LAVANYA SHARMA
Marketing Director
North Hollywood High School
Charissa Kim, an eleventh grader, has had extraordinary accomplishments such as her annual placement in CyberPatriot Nationals (the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition Finals), winning first in the All Service Division last year. Her achievements spread across various cyber-related competitions, her programming skills and her passion for cybersecurity in her community. Charissa hopes to raise awareness about cybersecurity, computer science, and the S.T.E.M field across the world.

Charissa Kim, an eleventh grader, has had extraordinary accomplishments such as her annual placement in CyberPatriot Nationals (the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition Finals), winning first in the All Service Division last year. Her achievements spread across various cyber-related competitions, her programming skills and her passion for cybersecurity in her community. Charissa hopes to raise awareness about cybersecurity, computer science, and the S.T.E.M field across the world.

CHARISSA KIM
Curriculum Director
Troy High School
 
Janice Liu is a senior at Dublin High School and is beyond excited that she is a part of making this event happen! Attending hackathons throughout high school was essential to her growing interest and passion in tech. She hopes to empower young women to challenge themselves, explore technology, and gain inspiration to use technology to make an impact in the world!

Janice Liu is a senior at Dublin High School and is beyond excited that she is a part of making this event happen! Attending hackathons throughout high school was essential to her growing interest and passion in tech. She hopes to empower young women to challenge themselves, explore technology, and gain inspiration to use technology to make an impact in the world!

JANICE LIU
Sponsorship Director
Dublin High School
Sam Soto is a rising college freshman and proudly started her journey to computing by playing online games on the public library computers. Sam enjoys swimming, trivia, and developing video games. She is majoring in computer science and aspires to combine it with multiple disciplines of knowledge.

Sam Soto is a rising college freshman and proudly started her journey to computing by playing online games on the public library computers. Sam enjoys swimming, trivia, and developing video games. She is majoring in computer science and aspires to combine it with multiple disciplines of knowledge.

SAM SOTO
Operations Director
Garfield High School
Becky Button is a high school senior based out of Richmond, Virginia. She has led several community coding classes, and looks forward to AIHacks!

Becky Button is a high school senior based out of Richmond, Virginia. She has led several community coding classes, and looks forward to AIHacks!

BECKY BUTTON
Sponsorship Member
Caroline High School
 
Anvitha Kachinthaya is passionate about combining service with STEM. She has mentored numerous girls in engineering through Girls Who Code, organized all-female hackathons, and inspired girls to change their world with several speaker series and workshops to expose girls to the diversity of STEM. As a Girl Scout Gold Award and Silver Award recipient and the Electrical Lead for her school’s Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam, she has empowered the underprivileged, from foster and rural children to the special needs community. She hopes to continue to make an impact.

Anvitha Kachinthaya is passionate about combining service with STEM. She has mentored numerous girls in engineering through Girls Who Code, organized all-female hackathons, and inspired girls to change their world with several speaker series and workshops to expose girls to the diversity of STEM. As a Girl Scout Gold Award and Silver Award recipient and the Electrical Lead for her school’s Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam, she has empowered the underprivileged, from foster and rural children to the special needs community. She hopes to continue to make an impact.

ANVITHA KACHINTHAYA
Marketing Member
Dublin High School
Annelise Eileraas-Liu is so excited to be part of this hackathon! She loves learning, creating, solving problems, and helping others. Additionally, she have a passion for dance as well as science and coding.

Annelise Eileraas-Liu is so excited to be part of this hackathon! She loves learning, creating, solving problems, and helping others. Additionally, she have a passion for dance as well as science and coding.

ANNELISE EILERAAS-LIU
Marketing Member
North Hollywood High School
 

PARTNERS & SPONSORS

Host
 
 
 
 
Gold Sponsors
 
 
 
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Silver Sponsors
 
 
 
 
Bronze Sponsors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Supporters
 
 
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Community Partners
 
 
 
 

Interested in Sponsoring?
Check out our sponsorship proposal here! and email us at sponsorships@aihacks.org!

Want to help us by donating?
Click here to donate!

CONTACT US

If you have any questions, contact us at info@aihacks.org !