Major League Hacking 2019 Hackathon Season

nwPlus presents cmd-f

March 9th & 10th at the University of British Columbia

Join us for Vancouver's first all female* hackathon

Become a mentor

An all-female* 24 hour hackathon, hosted at the University of British Columbia, where students will come together on a journey to innovate, inspire, and learn.

We're trying to shift the idea of what a hacker looks like and help women* explore the wide world of tech. cmd-f is a safe and inclusive hacking space for an expected 200 students of all levels to work in teams to create projects and find a community to help support them as they pursue their interest in tech.

The cmd-f team would like to acknowledge that "female" or "women" is not an accurate description for many people and it may make some feel unwelcome. We use * to specifically and intentionally include cis and trans women, as well as non-binary, agender and intersex people.

cmd-f is hosted by nwPlus, the club that brought you nwHacks and UBC Local Hack Day!

Our mission is supported by 3 main values:

Women* Supporting Women*

Connecting our participants to mentors and peers that they can identify with will help to establish a sense of community. It is important to us that females* have the opportunity to interact with a network of like-minded people. Together, we can combat a shared issue: lack of representation in tech.

Building Confidence and Positive STEM Identities

Many females are deterred from going into STEM because they fear that they are not "good enough", or have grown up with the idea that STEM is a very male-dominated or intimidating field. cmd-f aims to build confidence in women*, give them the option to explore different paths in tech, and help them escape from outdated stereotypes.


Hackathons are a great place to be exposed to new tech and build on foundational skills. Whether someone has never coded before, or they dream in assembly, we aim to have every participant walk away with new knowledge and hopefully a project that they can be proud of. All cmd-f workshops are designed to be instructive and hands-on.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where teams of 2-4 people collaborate to build hardware or software projects that create meaningful impact. Throughout the event, there are technical workshops along with industry mentors to provide guidance with building your "hack". To finish off the hackathon, there is an exciting expo where all the projects are presented. The winners are chosen by a panel of industry professional judges and awesome prizes are awarded.

What do I need to bring?

This is a 24-hour overnight event so be sure to bring everything you need to feel comfortable! We recommend you to some toiletries, a sleeping bag, a water bottle, chargers, and most importantly — a laptop. Meals will be provided at the event.

Where and when is this event held?

The event is held March 9-10th, 2019 at the University of British Columbia.

Is there a theme for cmd-f?

We love seeing projects grow and stem from a variety of inspirations. cmd-f does not have a theme, but sponsored prizes may have specific criteria.

Will there be food?

Yes! There will be free food (meals and snacks) throughout our event.

Who is eligible to participate in this event?

We welcome all participants who identify as female, non-binary, agender, or intersex. You do not have to be a UBC student to attend; high school students, post-secondary students, and recent graduates (graduation date within one year of January 2019) are all eligible to participate.

Is there any code of conduct?

Yes! We are an MLH member event and follow the MLH Code of Conduct at our event.

How big can my team be?

Hackathon teams are typically 2-4 people in size. You are welcome to form a larger team, but keep in mind that the prizes are designed for a team with a maximum size of 4. Solo hacking is allowed but we find that with a tight deadline of 24 hours, having a teammate really helps :)

What happens if I don't have a team?

Don't worry, a lot of participants are in the same boat! There will be a team formation session held one week prior to the hackathon as well as one on the day of the event. We'll make sure to pair everyone up with a team so no one gets left out.

How can I get to the event? Will there be travel reimbursements?

There are countless ways to get to UBC. Feel free to bike, take the bus, drive, or even walk to our event located at the Henry Angus Building.

For those of you who are outside of the Vancouver area, we are currently unable to provide travel reimbursements or travel accommodations. However, if you are interested in attending cmd-f but are not in the Vancouver area, we recommend that you apply anyways in case the situation changes.

When is the application deadline?

Applications open January 31st, 2019 and close February 23rd, 2019.

Do I need to have coding experience?

Definitely not! A hackathon is an amazing place to learn and pick up new skills. We will have a series of instructive technical workshops throughout the event, along with industry mentors to guide you. We aim to have everyone walk away with a new skill or project they are proud of.

Can I work on previous projects?

No, sorry! :) The spirit of a hackathon is to create something from scratch with your team over the course of the 24 hours. No coding or designing of assets is allowed prior to the event, but feel free to brainstorm!

If you don't see the answer to your question please reach out to us!



Interested in sponsoring Vancouver’s first all-female* hackathon?

Shoot us an email at [email protected]