AIHacks is a student-run hackathon for high school females with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI). At AIHacks, participants are invited 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! 



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

11:00 AM Intro to AI 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 Fun Activity: Cup Stacking


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!


Age: high school students

Gender: female (trans and non-binary inclusive)

Team Size: If you have a team of 2-4, great! If not, don't worry! Many of our participants apply without a team, and you will have the opportunity to form teams at AIHacks.


Students will work in teams of 2-4 to create either an app or website to solve a real-world problem. They will also create Google Slides presentations and pitch their projects to the judges on Sunday.


On Devpost, submit the following:

1) your code

2) a 50-100 word project description

3) your presentation (a link to your Google Slides document or pdf)

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$6,140 in prizes

1st Place (4)

Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset

2nd Place (4)

Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) - Smart speaker with Alexa

3rd Place (4)

Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S Instant Camera (with 10-pack film)

Best Use of Artificial Intelligence

The Happiness Planner + Premium Think Board

Social Impact Prize (4)

Winners earn the opportunity to interview with HackerFund for their Accelerator!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Registrations for AIHacks are closed! For those of you who have registered, we can't wait to see you on June 15-16, 2019 at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies for a weekend of fun and coding!


Christine Meinders

Christine Meinders
Founder, Feminist.AI

David Traum

David Traum
Research Assistant Professor, USC Insitute for Creative Technologies

Lilly Kam

Lilly Kam
Senior Product Manager,

Sara Raasch

Sara Raasch
Lead Front End Developer,

Shirley Traum

Shirley Traum
Principal Software Engineer, Raytheon

Viktoria Hwang

Viktoria Hwang
AR Developer, AppliedVR

Judging Criteria

  • Inherency
    How pressing is the problem that is being addressed? Is it something that must be resolved as soon as possible?
  • Creativity
    Do other things like this exist? Is it a new and unexpected approach to solving the problem they mentioned?
  • Practicality
    Does it solve a real-world problem? Can it be implemented in the near future?
  • Complexity
    How difficult was the project?
  • Potential
    Does it have the potential for long-term research and development?
  • Understanding
    Was the project and all accompanying algorithms thoroughly explained?
  • Completeness
    Is the app or webiste complete? Does it perform its intended purpose?

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