Led by a group of Black college women, this hackathon will be a safe, inclusive environment open to any college women studying technology. Students can choose to work on any project topic that excites them, but are encouraged to stick to the the overall theme: Social Good. Attendees will enhance their skills with mentors with professional experience by working through problem statements and attending workshops. They will also have several opportunities to learn more about culture and opportunities at sponsor companies. If you’re looking for exposure to a widely diverse group of college women in tech, you won’t want to miss this hackathon!

SCHEDULE (All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST))

4:00 - 5:00pm Welcomg Ceremony!
5:00 - 7:00pm Sponsor Crawl
5:00 - 7:00pm Company Talks

7:00 - 8:00pm Interest Group Spotlight
6:00 - 8:00pm Teams Registration/Help Desk

8:00 - 9:00pm Meet the Hackers Bingo

11:00 - 12:00pm Day 2 Welcome & Experienced Hackers Panel
2:00 - 2:30pm Game Break
2:30 - 4:45pm Workshops (45min each Gold/Platinum Sponsors)
4:45 - 5:30pm Game Break
5:30 - 7:45pm Workshops (45min each Gold/Platinum Sponsors)
7:45- 9:00pm Jeopardy


11:00 am - Project Submission Deadline
11:00 - 11:15 am Welcome Day 3
12:30 - 1:00 pm Game Break
1:00 - 4:00 pm Project Showcase
4:00 - 5:00 pm Closing Ceremony / Awards


Black Wings Hacks Submission Requirements:

  • Projects must be submitted by 12PM EST February 5th, 2023

  • Each team must submit a video that is less than or equal to a 2 minute (1-2 minutes) video explaining the project to the judges. Participants' submission videos must be created the weekend of the hackathon.

  • Any additional documentation or designs. More than one file will need to be submitted in a ZIP file. 

  • Link to any code written. If participants produce code, it must be available in some sort of public repository.

  • If it is a web or mobile application, include some way to view this virtually. Screenshots are acceptable. If you want to provide a recording of what should happen, include that as part of your video entry (within the 2 minutes given). Does not need to be fully functioning.

  • If judges are to run your application, make sure to include specific instructions on how they should do that and this should be compatible with all operating systems and browser types.

  • We encourage you to work on a problem having to do with Social Good (globally or in your community) in some format, but what you work on should be something you are passionate about.

  • Only submit one project, do not submit multiple.

  • You are not required to publish anything to an external store or website, besides Devpost. You are able to take your team’s product and commercialize it after the hackathon if you all wish.


Hackathon Sponsors


$7,600 in prizes

First Place

Each member of the winning team will receive an Oculus Meta Quest 2 (courtesy of Capital One).

Second Place

Each member of the second place team will receive $200 via PayPal and a Black Wings Hacks 2023 backpack!

Third Place

Each member of the second place team will receive $150 via PayPal and a Black Wings Hacks 2023 backpack!

Honorable Mention

Each member of the honorable mention team will receive $75 via PayPal and a Black Wings Hacks 2023 backpack!

Most Innovative Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a pair of Beats Noise Cancelling Headphones courtesy of Sovos.

Best Hack Supporting Black Lives

In honor of Black History Month, this prize category is for participants who build a project that contributes to the RTC Black Wings Community or addresses a social issue that affects Black and African American lives! Each member of the winning team will receive an Affirm Swag Pack!

Best Educational Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a Duolingo Swag Box ($50 value) courtesy of Duolingo!

Best Financial Focused Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a Robinhood backpack, hat, and water bottle courtesy Robinhood!

Best Gamified Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive Activision Blizzard King gear courtesy of Activision Blizzard King.

Best Hack for Multi-Cultural Innovation

Each member of the winning team will receive a $25 Amazon gift card courtesy of Morgan Stanley.

Best Use of E-Commerce

Each member of the winning team will receive a Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Printer ($100 value) courtesy of Block Inc.

Best Hack Using User Authentication

Each member of this team will receive a Okta Swag Pack courtesy of Okta.

Best Project from a Group of Beginners

Each member of the winning team will receive a prize courtesy of Figma.

Best Use of Data

Each member of the winning team will receive Palantir swag, a mechanical keyboard, and a prize package.

Best Accessible Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a Belvedere Trading branded backpack, a Corkcicle water bottle, and a $50 Amazon gift card courtesy of Belvedere Trading.

Best Use of MongoDB Atlas

MongoDB Atlas takes the leading modern database and makes it accessible in the cloud! Get started with a $50 credit for students or sign up for the Atlas free forever tier (no credit card required). Along with a suite of services and functionalities, you'll have everything you need to manage all of your data! Build a hack using MongoDB Atlas for a chance to win a M5GO IoT Starter Kit for you and each member of your team.

Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Winners will receive a Google Cloud branded backpack!

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better! Winners receive a Domain.com branded backpack.

Best Accessibility Hack sponsored by Fidelity

At Fidelity, accessibility is viewed as a major key to the success of their business, which is why they are challenging you to come up with innovative ways to make tech more accessible! We want you to use your hacking skills to find and build solutions that put opportunities and resources within reach to all communities. The team with the best accessibility hack will win a Fidelity branded wireless charger for each team member!

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit! Winners receive a Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


RTC Black Wings

RTC Black Wings
Black Wings

Jehron Petty

Jehron Petty
Colorstack Founder & CEO

Joaquin Jackson

Joaquin Jackson
Capital One Sr. Director, Product Management - Emerging Data Products

Christian Binganisi

Christian Binganisi
Capital One Sr Manager- Agile Program Lead

Paula Wambui
NetApp Security Engineer

Sushil Shimpi

Sushil Shimpi
American Express VP Engineering, Digital Banking Platform

Penelope Madry

Penelope Madry
American Express VP, Digital product Management, Global Accounts Receivable

Smitha Sebastian
American Express VP, Global Loyalty & Benefits Platform

Jasmine Hurst
Activision Blizzard King Senior Software Engineer I

Christopher Forehand

Christopher Forehand
American Express/Kabbage Engineering Director, Kabbage Funding

Betina Evancha

Betina Evancha
Peleton VP Product Management

Shabnam Kousha

Shabnam Kousha
Capital One Engineering Manager

Brian Vaden

Brian Vaden
Ohnahji Founder

Leilani Morgan

Leilani Morgan
Fidelity investments Sr. Manager, Digital Governance

Morgan Laster

Morgan Laster
Fidelity Investments Business Analyst

Regina Rex

Regina Rex
GoDaddy Software Development Engineer

Joea Dickson

Joea Dickson
Sovos VP Corp PMO

Eric Lefebvre

Eric Lefebvre
Sovos Chief Technology Officer

Monica Gauba
Sovos Vice President of Project Management

Paulo Barbieri

Paulo Barbieri
Sovos Vice President of Technology

Sharvan Karsala

Sharvan Karsala
Sovos Vice President Cloud COE

Latinas de RTC

Latinas de RTC

Latinas de RTC

Latinas de RTC

Dana Morrow Branch
Bank of America

Judging Criteria

  • Adherence to Theme
    Our theme for this hackathon has to do with social good, so we hope that students will stick to this theme when creating their projects
  • Teamwork
    It is expected that all students work together on the project, equally divide up project work and contribute
  • Documentation
    Students are expected to clearly and effectively document their project process and solution. This should be part of the required documents
  • Learning
    Students should come out of the hackathon having learned something new and should be able to demonstrate that new knowledge in their project
  • Completion
    This category refers to all expected parts of the project being turned in and completed in entirety
  • Originality
    Each group is expected to produce an original project, having been made from their own unique ideas

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