The Womensphere Global Codefest is a global movement and celebration to empower the next generation of women to code solutions to humanity's greatest challenges and to help achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development through coding and technological innovation.


GLOBAL GOALS & GRAND CHALLENGES

On September 25, 2015 at the United Nations General Assembly, world leaders agreed on working towards achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, for the next 15 years, intended to tackle global grand challenges: end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

At Womensphere, we are dedicated to helping achieve Global Goal #5 on Gender Equality, as well as empowering women and girls to become active participants and leaders in shaping the vision and creating solutions to help achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.  To these ends, we created the Womensphere Global Codefest.

Women in computer science, engineering, and other majors, who are currently enrolled in universities and colleges around the world,  are invited to join the Womensphere Global Codefest. 

The Global Codefest competition period takes place during the week of March 1 - March 8, 2016.  This will be preceded by an optional Global Learning Academy in November and December, continuing into February and March after the competition.

On March 1, 2016, Womensphere will announce the Themes and Challenges for the Womensphere Global Codefest. These themes and challenges will be on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and include Special Challenges and Themes.

Participants will have the week of March 1 - March 8, 2016 to create and submit entries based on the Themes and Challenges of the Womensphere Global Codefest. All entries must be authenticated by the academic institution that the participants represent.

The top 50-100 Global Finalists will be announced after March 2016.  Global Award Winners will be announced in June 2016, and Global Awards Ceremonies will take place on September 2016 during the UN General Assembly, where all Global Finalists and Award Winners will be recognized.

Award Winners will receive the Womensphere Medallion.  Global Finalists will have the opportunity to be featured in media, social media, and media that we are producing and publishing on the Finalists and top participants.