a college hackathon
promoting unity and social good


FwdCode is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which runs college hackathons promoting unity and social good. For 24 hours, hackers from around the country will gather together in one location to create, network, learn, and solve some of today's most pressing issues.

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FwdCode is a college hackathon promoting unity and social good. Each event is 24 hours long and will be open to college students across the U.S.

I'm glad you asked! A hackathon is basically a coding competition, where coders come to create projects and work together. At FwdCode, our hackathon will also include workshops, networking opportunity, prizes, swag, and more!

Every FwdCode event will be held in a different location. Stay tuned for the location of the first event!

The first FwdCode event will be held in Late Summer/Early Fall 2018. Stay tuned for the exact dates of the event!

The only requirements are a computer, any charging equipment you may need, and yourself! Many hackers also like to bring a sleeping bag and/or pillow (there usually isn't much sleeping at a hackathon, but some hackers like to take a nap or two!), toothbrush/toothpaste, or a change of clothes (if you want to freshen up). If you plan on doing any hardware hacking, you need to bring all of the materials you're going to use for that.

We will provide three meals (lunch and dinner on the first day and breakfast on the second) as well as abundant snacks and drinks. If you choose not to eat the food we provide, you're responsible for getting your own meals (unless you have an allergy or dietary restriction, which we will accomodate -- just let us know!). We'll also provide outlets, t-shirts, swag, and wifi. If you have any specific questions about what will be provided please email us at [email protected]

The only requirement to attend is that you are a college student. You don't need to have any coding or hackathon experience -- just a willingness to collaborate and create!

Nope! FwdCode is completely free for anyone who attends. The only cost you're responsible for is getting to the event.

Maybe! We'll release more information on that when we can.

Maybe! Email us at [email protected] if you're in high school and would like to attend.

We use MLH's Code of Conduct, which can be found here.

Have a question that we didn't answer? Email us at [email protected] or fill out the contact form below!


Want to attend FwdCode?

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Interested in helping organize FwdCode?

Applications for our team are closed, but if you're interested in being a Campus Ambassador for your school, get more information and apply here!


Sponsor logos will go here. Interested in sponsoring?

For more information and pricing, email us at [email protected]!

our team

Emily Redler

Co-Founder & Head Organizer

Emily is a junior at Davidson College studying psychology. She is a Research Assistant in the Davidson College MAPLab, where she works on both clinical and social psychological research. She is also a former Customer Experience Design Intern at Dow Jones. In addition, in high school she founded and expanded def hacks() hackathon along with Caitlin. Her current obsessions include Starbucks, Hamilton, and anything chocolate.

Caitlin is a junior at Cornell University studying electrical and computer engineering. She is a Girls Who Code program alumna, as well as a former #BUILTBYGIRLS technical intern at AOL/Oath and a software engineering intern for ASK Applications. She has helped found the PixieHacks hackathon and ProgramHers organization, both to immerse females in tech, and founded and expanded def hacks() alongside Emily. In her free time, she enjoys a solid brunch, enjoyable movie, and long-winded Netflix session.

Caitlin Stanton

Co-Founder & Head Organizer

Shalini Kunapuli

Director of Logistics

Shalini is a junior at UC Berkeley studying computer science. She has been involved with many women in technology empowerment organizations, including the National Center for Women and Information Technology, and Girls Who Code as a Teaching Assistant. She was also on the Program Development Team for ProjectCSGIRLS, and planned events with the Society of Women Engineers, all in an effort to promote diversity in computing fields. She has a passion for dance and music and occasionally likes to vlog!

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