Hack the Gap is a two-day hackathon aimed at creating a high-energy weekend where women from all backgrounds and experience levels can enjoy an accessible, approachable, positive experience.


To have fun, connect with others and challenge yourself to build a weekend project with a team. Hack the Gap is a place for women. A safe place to hack and explore and build without the headwinds of inherent bias and sexisim in tech.


Programmers! But if you don't code, that's cool, each team needs idea people, designers, data analysts, and testers, too. This event is for women and non-binary individuals who are interested in working together on a weekend project. If you're not sure if this event is for you? Get in touch with us.



Target Plaza Commons

1011 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Hack the Gap Registration Breakfast


Sunday, January 7th, 2018

7:45 AM: Doors open for breakfast

12 PM: Lunch

12:30 PM: Doors open to Public for Demo Event

1 PM - 3 PM: Demos

3:30 PM: Award Ceremony

4 PM: Wrap up

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

7:30 AM: Doors open for breakfast

8 AM: Kickoff, pitches and team formation

12 PM: Lunch & Workshop

3 PM: Snack

5 PM: Dinner

8 PM: Snack

10 PM: Everyone goes home to sleep

Volunteer & mentor schedules will be posted closer to the event.


prize categories

First Place Prize $1,000
Second Place Prize $1,000
Third Place Prize $500

⚡️ Raffle prizes! ⚡️

Target, When I Work and Hack the Gap will raffle off fun prizes throughout the weekend for all of the participants.

Stay tuned -- we have a stock pile of surprise prizes to give away! 

Hack the Gap Logo


For the most creative/surprising/ambitious/audacious hack, Twilio will present the "Unicorn Award"

$100 Twilio promo codes, $25 Amazon gift cards, and plush unicorns for every team member



  • When demoing your project, you’ll need to show your technology live, even if there are stubbed out parts of your application. Do not use PowerPoint or PDFs. 
  • Team size can range from 2 to 6 people. Prize categories won’t have more than six prizes for the winning team. Teams with less than two people won’t be able to compete, although they can still attend the event.
  • The project hack must be built at the event, not prior to the event.
  • All teams retain full ownership of what they created during the hackathon. Hack the Gap claims no rights to any of the ideas.
  • There will be no alcohol served at the event.
  • You must read and adhere to the code of conduct.
  • That’s it. Those are the rules.


The weekend hacks will be judged by the innovation of the idea and problem solution; the technical impressiveness; and the impact of the idea of community, the market or the end users. No one of these categories will have more weight than another.

There will be a panel of four judges. Each judge will rate the team presentation of the project with a 1 through 5 for each of the categories: innovation, technical impressiveness, and impact. The total score of each team will be tallied up and the four judges will decide which team takes first, second and third prize.

The Target prizes will be random chance throughout the weekend for all of the hackers.

The 2018 Judging Panel


The Mentors



Change Agent


Transformation Advocates

Community Connectors


Bridge Builders

Friends of Hack the Gap


Tamara Temple

Kristina Durivage

Kim Gerst

Angie Burnikel

Lauren Rauth

Joseph Antkowiak

Suzanna Altman

Amy Gebhardt

Rose Anderson

Aisha Ragheb

Robert Nelson


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