This past weekend, Stanford University hosted its fifth annual TreeHacks, a 36 hour hackathon that drew 1,254 students from 95 universities.
TreeHacks, Stanford’s annual collegiate hackathon, returned for its fourth year from Feb. 16 to 18.
More than 700 people from all over the world participated in the “Treehacks” hackathon, held at Stanford from Feb. 17 to Feb. 19. Hackers worked for 36-hours coding, creating apps and building hardware to solve real world problems. This year’s sponsors included Best Friends Animal Society, Microsoft, IBM, Disney and Illumina.
This past weekend, TreeHacks supported over 600 hackers with food, mentors, hardware and activities including Zumba and a Dish hike — all made possible by the 30 organizers of the event.
Team Sm:)e was an all-female team at TreeHacks that “kind of just happened organically” — they hadn’t planned on being a team of all women in advance. Kristen Law ’18, Gracie Young ’18 and Catherina Xu ’18 were all sophomores who had worked together at previous hackathons and for class projects, and Meera Srinivasan ’19 was…
“I really enjoyed walking the Dish,” said Grant Timmerman, a veteran hacker from the University of Washington (U-Dub) and organizer of DubHacks. The group erupted in laughter after his comment.
Stanford’s large-scale annual collegiate hackathon TreeHacks returned for its second year this past weekend and became the first major hackathon at a university with an accepted applicant pool gender ratio of 50/50. Two of the three winning teams were all-female.
Over the course of the past weekend, The Daily sat down with several of the teams who participated in TreeHacks 2016. Below are only five of over 80 different groups from the event.