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TiE Sydney hosts hackathon to help non-tech women entrepreneurs build apps

- April 20, 2015 < 1 MIN READ

Though women install 40 percent more apps and spend 87 percent more on apps than men, the current standing of women in the tech industry means that the number of men creating apps is much higher than women. A Sydney hackathon is looking to shift the number of women in the field by pairing ideas with tech skills.

Create-a-thon, now in its third year, is a three day hackathon hosted by TiE Sydney for women entrepreneurs who want to build mobile apps but don’t have the necessary tech skills to turn their ideas into reality.

The event will see participants pitch their ideas and then be sorted into teams. They will then be paired with designers, developers, and mentors for workshops covering things like wireframing and mockup design, customer and market validation, business model design, growth hacking, and outsourcing.

Participants will also hear from past Create-a-thon participants and successful women tech entrepreneurs.

Ambika Malvia, director of TiE Sydney and co-founder of the event, said the aim is for participants to walk out with a practical understanding of what goes into making and marketing a mobile app.

Participants will also develop a multi-screen proof of concept app that is ready for a potential investor or developer.

Women who want to learn how to develop a mobile presence for an established business are also being invited to take part.

Though teams will be working with experienced designers and developers, Create-a-thon has this year partnered with the TAFE North Sydney Institute, which will see its student designers and developers gain experience working with the entrepreneur teams.

Tickets for the hackathon, which starts on April 30, are available here.