Technology advancements including the internet have helped us as a society grow more and more connected. This exchange of information encompasses IoT technologies which include data, software, and hardware. This year, the IoT market is expected to grow to $520 billion. Success in the area of IoT will require a thorough strategy and business understanding. Currently, the main barriers to adopting such technologies are security, ease of integration with legacy systems, and return on investment.

At Girls in Tech, we are committed to empowering women engineers, product developers, UX / UI designers, and data scientists to explore all the avenues in which we can lower the barrier of IoT innovation. Join us in developing solutions that can help companies leverage machine-to-machine information exchange in real-time and in a safe manner using technologies not limited to Cloud Computing (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, etc. 



Participants are encouraged to develop solutions for the challenges mentioned below:

  • Cybersecurity: Improve the endpoint security and over-the-air (OTA) vulnerabilities of IoT devices
  • Coexistence: Improve integration of IoT devices with legacy systems
  • Compliance: Help IoT devices adhere to global regulatory requirements
  • Connectivity: Achieve seamless information exchange between IoT device, software, and infrastructure
  • Cloud: Leverage cloud technologies to reduce IoT innovation cost



  Team Formation Build Period Judging
Sprint March 1 - April 12 April 12 - May 7 May 24 - June 4


Step Topic Main content
# 1 Registration In Devpost, click the “Register” button and create an account.
# 2 Join Slack Workspace Join the Slack Workspace: Girls in Tech 2021 Hackathon Introduce yourself in the #welcome channel! 
# 3 Recruit team members If you’re looking for team members, you can also find teammates at or post you're looking for a team in the #find-teammates Slack channel.
# 4 Create a team channel in Slack Feel free to create your own channel in Slack and invite all of your team members to it.
# 5 Review rules and challenges Review the rules and guidelines on Devpost and challenge project ideas: Girls in Tech 2021 Hackathon
# 6 Prototype, build, and test! Work on your challenge project and submit via Devpost. It is highly recommended to reach out to your team members through Slack
# 7 Submit! Submit your completed project by the Sprint deadline.



In order to receive these prizes, you must submit your completed project to the Girls in Tech Hackathon Devpost by the submission deadline.


  • Individual participants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Teams are welcome to sign up as a group of up to 5 members with at least 3 women per team or as individuals.


Project Options:

   1. Build a functioning MVP ready for immediate use.

    2. Develop a prototype concept for an application that can later become a functioning product. 


All of the following items must be included in your submission to the Girls in Tech Devpost page:

1. Submission form 

  • Submit your project to the Girls in Tech Devpost before the deadline and complete the submission form questionnaire. Submission (including video/code links) are editable until the deadline.

    • Introduction
    • Purpose & Motivation
    • How does the application work?
    • How was the application developed?
    • How to use the application
    • Difficulties & Challenges faced during the design and/or development process
    • Go-to-Market (How will the application be available to the public and is it scalable?)


2. Video

  • Upload a short video demo of your product, including an explanation of the function and solution. This video can be submitted as a Youtube link on your Devpost page for your project.
  • Videos should be a maximum of 3 minutes long.


3. GitHub or other code repo link

  • Please ensure that this link is publicly shareable so judges can access your project


4. Provide images, screenshots, & wireframes of your project


* By submitting your project to the Girls in Tech Hackathon Devpost, you are acknowledging that these materials may be used to promote this hackathon globally.

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$23,500 in prizes

1st Place

- $10,000 in AWS credits
- $800 cash prize

2nd Place

- $7,000 in AWS credits
- $450 cash prize

3rd Place

- $5,000 in AWS credits
- $250 cash prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Janani Rajendiran

Janani Rajendiran
Product Manager at Trend Micro

Jessica Downes

Jessica Downes
System Software Developer at Trend Micro

Sonam Jha

Sonam Jha
Sr. Software Engineer at McKinsey & Company

Himanshu Mishra

Himanshu Mishra
Software Architect at McKinsey & Company

Preeti Rajendran

Preeti Rajendran
Sr. Product Marketing Manager at AWS

Helen Smith

Helen Smith
Director Data Science (Oncology Technology Solutions) at McKesson

Rashida Scott-White

Rashida Scott-White
Product Design Lead at McKinsey & Company

Melissa Honour
VP Product Management at (Ontada) McKesson

Ramat Tejani

Ramat Tejani
GetIT Program Leader at AWS

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the idea original and innovative?
  • User Experience
    Is the design user-centric, easy to navigate, and intuitive?
  • Business
    Can the application be transformed into an MVP ( Minimum Viable Product), be profitable, and scalable?
  • Usefulness
    Is the application addressing real issues the users are facing? Provide user research or validation.

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