Light the Way

Nov 10-11, 2018 @ Reckord Armory, UMD

What is Technica?

Technica is the largest all-women hackathon, hosted annually at the University of Maryland.

Over the duration of 24 hours, women are immersed in tech culture and encouraged to exercise their imagination to create interesting and innovative hacks.

This year we are announcing a new theme: "Light the Way!" The tech field is still lacking in diversity, but we want to highlight the amazing women who have paved the path for us while encouraging each of you to support one another and inspire the future of women in tech. "Light the Way" is a call to all the women taking the tech world by storm: You are the future. Your work, passion, and voice will light the way!


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Come build using hardware, software, or anything you want with other hackers! You don’t have to know how to code to be a hacker. Hackers can be students, designers, or just any tech-lover out there!

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Come help with the operations! Volunteers are a huge helping hand and help make sure the hackathon runs smoothly. Anyone of any gender can volunteer and help make Technica a success!

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Come help hackers with their ideas by being a resource for hackers who may have questions about their projects. Mentors can be anyone of any gender willing to share their knowledge!

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Saturday, November 10th

8:00 AM Check-in Armory Entrance
8:30 AM Breakfast Main Floor
9:00 AM Sponsorship Fair Main Floor
10:00 AM Opening Ceremony Main Stage
11:00 AM Hacking Begins Main Floor
11:00 AM Team Formation Main Floor
11:00 AM Hackathon 101 Annie Easley
11:15 AM Introduction to Hardware I - Beginner Annie Easley
11:15 AM Introduction to Web Development Radia Perlman
11:15 AM Introduction to Programming Edith Clarke
12:00 PM Lunch Main Floor
12:30 PM Introduction to Git Radia Perlman
1:00 PM Developing for All - The Importance of Accessibility with Brightspot Annie Easley
2:00 PM Cybersecurity & Securing Your Code with JPMorgan Chase Annie Easley
2:30 PM Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c Development Board Workshop with Qualcomm Edith Clarke
3:00 PM A Crash Course in Machine Learning with Finra Annie Easley
3:30 PM Introduction to Hardware II - Intermediate Edith Clarke
4:00 PM Tech Talk: How Cloud is Changing Security for the Better with AWS Annie Easley
4:30 PM Technichat: Women in Tech Panel Main Stage
5:00 PM Creating Dossiers with MicroStrategy Desktop Annie Easley
6:00 PM Dinner Main Floor
7:00 PM Technichat: Creative Engineering: Turning Webcomics into Books Main Stage
7:00 PM Introduction to Hardware III - Moderate Annie Easley
7:00 PM Introduction to iOS Mobile Development Edith Clarke
8:00 PM Cloud 101: Getting Started with AWS Annie Easley
8:00 PM How to Hack Art! Radia Perlman
8:00 PM Information Gathering with Free APIs Edith Clarke
8:00 PM Technichat: Building a STEM-Legal Career/Attorney AMA Main Stage
9:00 PM MLH Cup Stacking Main Stage
9:00 PM Introduction to Mobile AR Development with Unity Edith Clarke
9:00 PM Building Serverless Apps with Google Firebase Annie Easley
10:00 PM Late Night Snack Main Floor
10:00 PM Pictionary Main Floor
10:00 PM The Coding Interview Annie Easley

Sunday, November 11th

12:00 AM Decorate Your Own Succulents! Main Floor
8:30 AM Breakfast Main Floor
9:30 AM How to Submit Your Hack Annie Easley
11:00 AM Hacking Ends Main Floor
11:00 AM Lunch Main Floor
12:00 PM Demos Main Floor
1:30 PM Closing Ceremony Main Stage
3:45 PM Begin Boarding Buses Armory
4:00 PM Buses Depart Armory

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a “hackathon”?


A hackathon is a technology-focused event where individuals and teams work on new projects in a short period of time. You can build anything you want. An app, a robot, a website. The only limit is your imagination!

Why make an all-women hackathon?


Women are underrepresented in the tech world, and it’s up to everyone to change that! We are creating a welcoming environment to show that there is a place in tech for every lady out there while building cool projects and sharing stories at Technica.

Do I need to know how to code?


You don’t need ANY coding experience to participate! If you do, that’s great! If you don’t, that’s also great! Students of all skill levels are encouraged to attend, even if you’ve never written a line of code. We’re very beginner friendly and are prepared to teach you everything you need to learn right here.

Where and when is Technica?


Technica will be held in the Reckord Armory at the University of Maryland, College Park, from November 10th-11th, 2018.

Who can attend Technica?


Anyone who identifies as a woman or non-binary may register as a hacker! All ages are welcome. Additionally, all participants must follow the MLH code of conduct and Technica code of conduct.

How much does it cost to attend Technica?


Technica is free for all participants, thanks to our amazing sponsors! Admission includes food, overnight stay, and a lot of free gear and swag!

What if I'm under 18?


Under 18 and still want to code with us? Don’t worry! Technica is also very minor friendly: we have accommodations for participants under 18!

How do I travel to Technica?


We are sending several buses along the east coast to universities near select metropolitan areas. Travel reimbursements and bus sign ups for Technica 2018 are now closed, but you may still come to a bus stop and hope for an open spot!

Here is the bus schedule!

If you are driving to Technica, you can park in any of the locations indicated on our parking map.

How do teams work?


You can work on a project on your own, or you can work with a team. Teams can be formed prior to the day of the hackathon with other participants, or at the team formation event before official hacking begins. Team size must not exceed four members, per MLH rules.

What should I bring?


You must bring a valid student or government-issued ID card for admission. Bring a sleeping bag/pillow for the night and a laptop – don’t forget your charger! We also encourage bringing an air mattress, toiletries, and a change of clothes for both warm and cold weather. Everything else will be provided!

How can I help?


We would love to have you be a volunteer or a mentor! Technica can only be more successful with as many volunteers and mentors who want to help with the event. Sign up to volunteer or mentor.

We are now closed for 2018 sponsorship, but we'd love to chat if you have questions. Reach us at

What if I need any special accommodations


If you have any special needs that the organizers need to be aware of, please email We will try our best to accommodate you. Unfortunately, the venue is non-ADA compliant.


We are now closed for 2018 sponsorship, but we'd love to chat if you have questions.
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