About the challenge

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, started on 24 February 2022, is an ongoing conflict that has displaced at least 10.5 Million people already, and has caused countless deaths and injuries.

The devastation is shocking, marking Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Ukrainians are faced with armed warfare, bombings, utility shut-offs, and lack of access to food and medical care. And the situation is even more dire for people of color and the LGBT community, who face discrimination (and are sometimes even turned away) when trying to flee the violence.

With celebrities, governments, millionaires, and everyday people rallying to support the Ukrainian people – we’re left wondering how the tech community can apply its unique skills and develop solutions to help the cause.

About Girls in Tech

Girls in Tech empowers women to tackle important global issues using tech skills. We’re passionate about building equal and inclusive experiences, supporting freedom for every person, and solving complex problems.

We invite you to join us in developing much-needed tech solutions for the people of Ukraine. Whether you’re a web developer, a designer, a product developer, an engineer, a strategist, or anyone with ideas – we need your input.


What to Build

Think about how your team might use tech, AI, blockchain, and other technologies to come up with answers to the following problems.

  • Waste: Less than 9% of all plastics are recycled globally. Is there a way you and your team can come up with an idea to increase the recycling rate of plastics, whether in the USA or elsewhere?
  • Deforestation: Can you come up with a tech idea to track and disrupt deforestation? How might we track deforestation and the increasing number of trees being planted in the Amazon?
  • Endangered species: Tigers in Southeast Asia, rhinos in Africa. Animals are being poached, decreasing biodiversity. How might we use technology/AI to increase animal biodiversity?
  • Climate change: Can you think of how tech could help increase the lifespan of car batteries and assist battery-powered cars to go further? Can you think of ways renewable resources could achieve this?

What to Submit

A functioning MVP ready for immediate use.


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. Submissions (including video/code links) are editable until the deadline of August 23.

What to include:

  • Introduction
  • Speak about your purpose & motivation
  • An explanation of how does the application works
  • An explanation on the development of the application
  • An explanation on how to use the application
  • An explanation on the difficulties & challenges faced during the design and/or development process.
  • An explanation on your Go-to-Market Strategy (How will the application be available to the public, and is it scalable?)

2. Video

Upload a 3 min video including the following:

  • Pitch Deck Presentation
  • Demo of your product, including an explanation of the solution and function of your application.
  • This video can be submitted as a Youtube link on your Devpost page for your project. Make sure the video is set to public.

Note: Any video longer than 3 mins will be automatically disqualified

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

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


  Team Formation + Build Period Judging
Sprint June 20 - July 15 July 18 - August 15


Step Topic Main content
# 1 Registration In Devpost, click the “Register” button and create an account.
# 2 Join Slack Workspace Join the Slack Workspace: Support Ukraine with Girls in Tech Hackathon and introduce yourself in the #general channel! 
# 3 Recruit team members Head over to the participants’ page to indicate whether you’re working alone, looking for teammates, or already have a team. You can also post in the #find-teammates Slack channel if you’re still looking for more team members or are trying to join an existing project.
# 4 Create a team channel in Slack Feel free to create your 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: Support Ukraine with Girls in Tech Hackathon
# 6 Prototype, build, and test! Work on your challenge project and submit it via Devpost. It is highly recommended to use Slack to reach out to your team members
# 7 Submit! Submit your completed project by the Sprint deadline of July 15, 2022



To receive these prizes, you must submit your completed project to the Girls in Tech Hackathon Devpost by July 15, 2022.

Hackathon Sponsors


$6,000 in prizes

1st Place

- $3,000 Cash Prize

2nd Place

- $2,000 Cash Prize

3rd Place

- $1,000 Cash Prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Akshata Revankar

Akshata Revankar
Data Engineer, Specialist at McKinsey and Company

Benjamin Veri

Benjamin Veri
Product Adoption Specialist at McKinsey and Company

Petra Vincent

Petra Vincent
Head of Development Operations at McKinsey and Company

Sonam Jha

Sonam Jha
Software Architect at McKinsey and Company

Suzana Dragovic

Suzana Dragovic
Senior Product Manager at McKinsey and Company

Taylor Greenberg Goldy

Taylor Greenberg Goldy
Senior Designer at McKinsey and Company

Usha Jagannathan, Ph.D.

Usha Jagannathan, Ph.D.
Principal Engineer & Digital Innovation Leader at McKinsey and Company

Willow Stelzer

Willow Stelzer
User Research Lead at McKinsey and Company

Christy OGaughan
VP Digital Innovation at McKesson

Sejal Dua

Sejal Dua
Insights & Analytics Manager I, North America Nike Direct Value Analytics at Nike

Frances Oguntuga

Frances Oguntuga
Sustainability Insights Manager, Global Sustainability Analytics at Nike

Clemence Tiradon

Clemence Tiradon
Sr. Director, Digital Product Management, Core Commerce Service at Nike

Claire Edington

Claire Edington
Design Engineer at Nike

Amy Lin

Amy Lin
Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Nike

Ademola Olukoya

Ademola Olukoya
Senior Technology Manager at McKinsey and Company

Lacie Vengshoel

Lacie Vengshoel
Lead Technical Recruiter, Global Tech at Nike

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? Does the application provide user research or validation?

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