Sistech (Un)Hackathon

Because solving big problems takes bigger ideas.

The next (Un)Hackathon is coming November 2020...


It can be great fun to design a sweet app or write a winning algorithm in a competitive setting like a hackathon, but what if you want to hack the status quo on diversity, inclusion and gender equality matters? Well, you need to shake things up with an (Un)Hackthon! Sistech's mission is to effect radical change in the technology workplace; so to tackle such broad, pervasive and ambiguous problems, we need complex, creative and non-traditional solutions from perspectives not typically represented at a hackathon.

Who’s the (un)hackathon for? Literally everyone. We encourage project managers, hiring managers, lawyers, organizational effectiveness, change management and human resources professionals, as well as the usual hackathon suspects like developers, data analysts and engineers to attend. It’s critical we account for all of these perspectives and tap these minds when searching for solutions that will make a real difference.


  • Believe we should and can create a better corporate culture in the tech industry

  • and a laptop (recommended)

Guidelines: In diverse, cross-functional teams of 3-5, the focus of your project must be on improving gender equity, diversity and inclusion in technology professions, such as (but not limited to): A.I. ethics, how to increase psychological safety in diversity, mentoring, flexible working arrangements, etc.

A Working Backwards Document; which includes these three parts:

  • Visuals, like a PowerPoint, to help communicate your idea.

  • A Press Release (PR) using customer-centric language to describe an idea at a high level.

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that customers and internal stakeholders may ask

  • Bonus points if your solution includes leveraging technology, but it is not a requirement.

Finalists will receive complimentary passes to The Sistech Conference in May and the opportunity to present their projects to the community.