Help Shift the Mindset from Consumers to Producers

Help Shift the Mindset from Consumers to Producers

International Women's Hackathon October 24th, 2015

A Big Congratulations to Hackathon Winners & Participants!

On Saturday October 24th young women took on the challenge of solving real-world problems through computer coding at the fourth semi-annual Women’s Hackathon at CSUSM. The event which is designed to encourage women to pursue computer science careers, brought together over 90 high school and college students from 25 schools in Southern California to design and develop websites, mobile applications, games and digital marketing strategies that focused on two social issues:

  1. From Care to College: How can we help youth in foster care know that they can go to college, get ready for college, understand there is money for them for college, get ready for the college application process, and be ready to succeed in college? Sponsored by ACE Scholar Program at CSUSM

  2. Safe Care for the Elderly: Providing safe care information to elderly by developing applications that deliver easy access to all elderly care facilities compliance data in California. Sponsored by the Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) 
The event was organized and implemented by Dr. Youwen Ouyang, Professor and Chair of Computer Science Department, Shauna Ruyle, a Marketing Consultant and Cal State San Marcos graduate, Sahar Mosleh Adjunct Faculty of the Computer Science Department. The team was supported by 14 industry professionals on the planning committee, approximately 18 volunteers (students and parents), 20 IT and Software mentors and 10 esteemed judges from the IT industry and local companies. A special thank you goes out to our October 24, 2015 Hackathon sponsors for making the event possible: CompTIA, Pivot3, The Gormally Family, Cylance and Seer Interactive.


Youwen OuyangCompTIACylance
Shauna RuylePivot3Seer Interactive
Sahar MoslehThe Gormally Family

Planning CommitteeJudgesMentors
Alanna BurkeSrividhya GopalanMichelle AdeaKristy Kuntz
Maureen LindseyDan HendricksPria AshokNahid Majd
Lidija SkolnijaJuveria KanodiaAndrea DickinsonZachary Martin
Shaun Cassidy*Kenya StegallJoe FernandezLindsay Mineo
Kelly Jenkins-PultzMichelle MinkFrances GoLuciana Pedroni
Dina MoskowitzDina Moskowitz*Alanna BurkeMonique Pouget
Lindsay MineoMelissa Sterrett BaronJezreel GoJayachitra Ramesh
Kristi KuntzGina TuazonDerric HaynieShauna Ruyle
Aaryn KobayashiSamantha UrbanAnika HuhnBruno Umbria Pedroni
Woody ZuillChrystal GarciaNed ImmingTrue Xiong

Alexis JouhaultEmily Sorger

*Indicates Lead Judge*Indicates Lead Mentor

​At the end of the day, each hacker team presented/pitched their project to judges to compete for fun prizes! The Hackathon judging was designed to recognize as many of the teams as possible, to provide encouragement and rewards to all the participants. Every group completed their project, even those groups whose members had little to no prior coding experience! The enthusiasm and creativity from these girls was amazing. When they were asked if they would attend another Hackathon? The answers were Yes… definitely, absolutely! Two of the girls approached the Hackathon's Director, Youwen Ouyang, to tell her that they had never even thought about a career in technology before, but that they had so much fun during the Hackathon and learned so much, that they want to start at technology club at their high school! We believe the event was life-changing for them.

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