About this event

Hack the Gender GapThere’s a serious gender gap when it comes to representation of women in the media and tech businesses. That’s why MediaShift and the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University will convene college-age women from around the country to envision their role and influence in the emerging “smart-world” market and opportunities for entrepreneurship. Taking place on April 1-3, 2016, the weekend will kick off Friday evening with a mixer among students, faculty and professional mentors. Then, students will break into teams to create their own startup ideas around hardware + journalism, presenting them to judges on Sunday. (more…)

4 Speakers
67 Attendees


Tiffany Shackelford

Tiffany Shackelford

Executive Director, Association of Alternative Newsmedia

Christine Sunu

Christine Sunu

GE Fellow, BuzzFeed’s Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts

Gina Dahlia

Gina Dahlia

Teaching Associate Professor, WVU Reed College of Media

Umbreen Bhatti

Umbreen Bhatti

Civil Rights Lawyer and Former John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford


  • 6:30 pm April 1, 2016 - 2 pm Sunday, April 3, 2016

    From the students, faculty and pros assembled, we’ll create “dream teams” with a mix of necessary disciplines — content, design, technology and business — who will learn to work together in the crucible of the Makeathon. The weekend will be a combination of focused talks and training from innovation leaders and experts, work sessions and final presentations of solutions from each team. Faculty and industry experts will provide expertise to each team and help them rapidly develop their product or concept. Teams will envision, map and pitch a startup use for Internet of Things, sensor journalism or other hardware that can deliver a singular idea, product, service, or process to solve a problem in the media industry. Rather than a traditional Hackathon focused on coding and building, this one will be about collaboration, team-building and entrepreneurship.



Event Venue

  • WVU Reed College of Media Innovation Center
    Evansdale Crossing Building, 4th Floor
    62 Morrill Way Morgantown, WV 26506

    Parking Map
  • 304-293-6246


Check out some of the images from the 2014 Women’s Hackathon on Wearables


Early bird registration costs $99 for faculty and professionals, $49 for students and a 15% discount for groups of 5 or more participants (plus Eventbrite fees). Early bird deadline is February 22, 2016, and then rates go up to $129 for professionals and $59 for students.


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