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Women Of the World Festival, Wow HackDay

posted Feb 19, 2013, 5:37 AM by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated Feb 19, 2013, 5:39 AM ]

WOW is a global festival of talks, debates, music, film, performance, dance, comedy and conversations that celebrates the talents of women, young and old, from all walks of life and all parts of the world, and investigates the obstacles that women face across the world, which varies hugely from country to country.

WOW celebrates women who are breaking the mould in science, enterprise, law, the arts, health, activism, education, politics, sport, fashion, finance and family life.

Over 10,000 women and men visit WOW - Women Of the World Festival over the weekend. There are also WOW festivals in Australia, the USA and Northern Ireland.

WOW has previously presented Paloma Faith, Katy B and Annie Lennox amongst many other amazing people.

Aims of the Hack

The aim of WOW Hack is to use the web and digital technology to help make the world equal for women and men.

We aim to engage and inform developers and the WOW audience, through technology, of the issues women face globally, and highlight the incredible things that women do every day.

You will create ideas for real life ways to make change happen as well as a platform to show all the change that’s happened already.

You should consider how to make it accessible for all sorts of people, from a range of backgrounds, both old, young and both men, women



How can we highlight the amazing achievements of women throughout history and today? (Did you know that the first Briton in space was a woman?)

How can we highlight the challenges and obstacles still experienced by women all over the globe today? (Did you know that in some places in Pakistan girls aren’t allowed to learn to read and write, and in many places women literally belong to their husbands)

How can we illustrate the challenges that women face can vary from country to country and how have women's roles changed in society?

How can we show people what activities are happening in their geographical area or area of interest that they might want to get involved with?

How can people use their real-life experiences that they, their sisters, mums or female friends have encountered to help other women?

How can we help people have access to the facts they need about women’s rights?

How can we show men that this is relevant to them too?


Age limit

Due to some of the topics addressed, we have been advised to put an age limit on this event. You will have to be 16 or over to take part.



We are recruiting for 40 developers with a 50/50 mix of males and females.



We will be housed in the Southbank Centre right at the heart of the action.


As an overnight event we will be setting up areas for people to stay overnight if you wish. If you want to stay overnight please inform a member of staff and to bring a sleeping bag on the day. All food and refreshments will be provided.

Zones will be set-up as per usual, including quiet ‘do not disturb’ areas.

The Data

Specific challenges will be posted nearer the time alone with categories and judges.