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Exploring the Tech Space Together

Spectra is an organization that hosts bi-annual, full-day events on the west coast for women in tech. Mostly recently, we hosted a women’s hackathon at YouTube HQ in July 2016. Our 2018 event is July 28th at Domino Data Lab.

We are passionate about bringing together female students and professionals in tech from all around the world. Our events offer attendees a safe and inviting environment to experiment with technology at any experience level.

We believe that every woman should have the opportunity to excel in computer science and strengthen her technical abilities. The Spectra team invites you to come learn new skills, inspire one another, and build long-lasting connections at Spectra.

Hosted on Saturday, July 28 at

548 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107


Find all schedule details here and workshop details!


What is Spectra?

Spectra is a 12-hour hackathon open to all individuals who identify as female or non-binary. In this case, the word "hack" describes how multiple technologies can be used together in new and creative ways. Teams will spend the day creating a website, mobile app, or hardware creation. The Spectra team believes that the most important aspect of a hackathon is the community it generates and the skills that attendees can take away with them at the end of the event.

What if I don’t know how to code?

Spectra is the perfect place and time to learn! There will be plenty of workshops and mentors to guide you through your first project. Participants are not filtered by technical background. Our focus is on making Spectra fun and welcoming for everyone involved. We welcome attendees from all levels and background.

What events does Spectra host?

The Spectra team hosts two events each year: a workshop day in the winter and a hackathon in the summer. Both of our events are aimed towards women of all technical experience levels, but we especially encourage beginners to come and learn new skills.

Our goal is for our attendees to explore computer science and technology - the focus is not on competition, but rather on personal and technical development.

I love what Spectra is doing!
How can I help?

Spectra events are not-for-profit. All of our events so far have been free to attend. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help support upcoming Spectra events, please reach out to the Spectra team at if you would like to sponsor.

You can also help the day of! You can either lead a workshop/give a tech talk or mentor or volunteer.

What if I don’t have a team or idea yet?

Not a problem! We will have team formation and ideation sessions to help you find people to work with.

What is the cost to attend?

This event is free for all who attend! We’ll be providing you with the space, WiFi, food, drinks, snacks, and swag!

Who can attend?

Any individual who identifies as female, inclusive of non-binary and trans students, and is at least 18-years-old can attend.

What should I bring?

All you'll need is a valid photo ID (a student ID works), a laptop, a charger, and a willingness to grow and learn. For more information about behavior, check out our Code of Conduct.

When will I know if I'm able to attend?

Applicants will be emailed by July 18th (11:59 PM PST) to confirm their attendance. You will have 6 days to claim your spot. If you do not do so by July 24th (11:59 PM PST), we will offer your spot to those on the waitlist. Make sure to check your emails during that week to ensure that you don't lose your spot!

Will there be transportation?

Accepted hackers will be contacted via email regarding transportation options. For those outside of the SF Bay area, unfortunately we will not be able to provide travel reimbursements this year.

Meet Our Team

Christina Cook

Lizzie Siegle

Erica Nguyen
Logistics Lead

Ankita Sharma
Sponsorship Lead

Linda Park
Design Lead

Shivani Gupta
Hacker Experience

Shubha Swamy
Hacker Experience

Diane Phan

Kaitlyn Yong


Check out some of our photos from our 2016 event at YouTube HQ!