What is Feminist Futures Hackathon?
Feminist Futures Hackathon is a space of feminist consciousness raising, focused on creating social justice outcomes for women and marginalized groups, with the help of technology, social services, or media campaigns.

A hackathon for everyone
This hackathon is for everyone, no matter your gender, age, or ability. We want everyone to access an open welcoming space where they can work collaboratively towards their desired future.

Our hackathon is informed by the values and approaches from Participatory Design and Feminist HCI.

We intentionally bring feminist consciousness raising to the design of hackathons and innovation events because we believe that "a future that is feminist will be—at its core—an intersectional future where all people thrive, liberated from oppression based on gender, race, class, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship status, and more. In a feminist future, many of these categories used to create hierarchies and limit the possibilities of our lives no longer exist."

Hackathon tracks
We believe in the participatory potential of a hackathon as a collaborative design space, as well as its potential to lead to the creation of relationships and technologies that might engender a more equitable world.
1. Take Part - Technology for Feminist Urban Futures
How can we ensure that women, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, people of different abilities, can access all city spaces, at any time, safely and confidently?

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2. Take Care - Technology for Women's Health
The potential of women's health is massive - female health is not just female health, it affects men, children, and whole families as women are primary caregivers more often than not.
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3. Take Control- Technology for Financial Inclusion
Through this track, we aim at designing solutions that contribute to women's economic empowerment through financial inclusion.

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Participants will be guided through a process of theory, first by critically looking at what's missing, whose concerns are not being articulated, whose interests aren't being represented, and whose truths aren't being told and secondly, by using speculative tools and technology to tell future stories of equality and inclusion.
Why you should attend:
educational outcomes
The hackathon offers opportunities for participants to develop technical, design-related skills and entrepreneurial skills.
Your participation will shape how you understand underrepresented groups' health, relationship with money and relationship with the city.

expanded social networks
Our most important goal is to support relationship building and knit together a community.
While we're excited about the projects and interventions that will come out of this hackathon, we're even more excited about the connections we'll make with each other.
long-term personal impact
We encourage the production of technology that can be sustained beyond its initial creation.
The hackathon is also an opportunity for participants to shape their identities against a cross-disciplinary team.
Find out more about the tracks
  1. Take Part - Technology for Feminist Urban Futures
Cities aren't built to accommodate women, LGBTQ+, non-binary, BIPOC, and people of different abilities' bodies, needs and desires. How might we transform the "city of men'' into a city for everyone? How can we ensure that women, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, people of different abilities, can access all city spaces, at any time, safely and confidently?

Participants will be invited to envision, design and build technological solutions to the challenges that women and marginalised groups are encountering in the city. A few examples of such challenges can be: walking alone at night, waiting alone for a bus, bus seating, facing increased policing as a POC, stroller access, access to daycare for kids, transportation and commute, access to stairs and elevators, gentrification, the lack of play spaces, lack of preschools and grocery stores in proximity to urban housing developments, safety and cleanliness of public bathrooms, harassment on public transit, spots to nurse, emergency diaper spaces, bathroom needs, accessibility of stalls, sinks and doors, gender-free toilets, access to affordable domestic labour, gendered housing insecurity, sexualization and objectification in public spaces and more.

Using software, sensors, IoT, robotics and other technologies, participants will formulate solutions to some of the challenges listed above, and, in this way, will create scenarios of living differently, living better and living more justly in an urban world.

Participants will be able to form a shared understanding of systems of oppression in the urban environment: sexism, ableism, classism, and how these contribute to exclusion; how different spaces are not welcoming for women, Black people trans folks, or disabled people, be they housing developments, public toilets or recreational spaces, and how technology can be a tool to envision solutions for these issues.
2. Take Care - Technology for Women's Health

Women's health technology or the so-called Femtech market has been on the rise for the last couple of years. It started as technological solutions primarily to fertility and pregnancy; however, as more and more female founders took the stage, female health topics have reached much further. These now include general women's health issues just as sexual wellness, pregnancy and postpartum health, maternal care, disease management, menopause, pelvic health or mental health-related problems

Women's health research is extremely underfunded and undervalued—it currently accounts for just 4% of overall R&D funding for healthcare products and services, and 65% of this funding focuses on fertility. There are many reasons for this. Until recently, women of child bearing age were not included in clinical trials and therefore drugs and devices tested on men were ineffective or even unsafe for women. Without their involvement in the trials, research on women's health outcomes was limited.

Fast forward to today, women's health as a category has gone beyond just healthcare, is hugely impacted by the use of technology, and is all but a niche - it affects more than just females - fertility, for example, is not just a women's issue, despite the misconception that (in)fertility is still a largely female problem (40-50% of all fertility problems are due to the male factor).

The potential of women's health is massive - female health is not just female health, it affects men, children, and whole families as women are primary caregivers more often than not. Female health is a public health issue and should be treated as a priority.

Moreover, how can we address issues closely connected to sexual health, and more particularly where sexual assault is concerned? 1 in 3 women worldwide have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.

So how can we improving the systems of sexual assault prevention, care, and justice to serve survivors and their communities? How can we develop and prove resources to help them overcome this difficult trauma?
How can we remove stigma and find solution for abortion seekers and how can we develop services and options specifically for people in this situation who are looking for care and information?
How can we help teenage girls get answers to questions about sexual health and puberty? How can we close "the pleasure gap" and create tools for connection that heighten intimacy, and add value to women's pleasure?

3. Take Control- Technology for Financial Inclusion

Through this track, we aim at designing solutions that contribute to women's economic empowerment through financial inclusion.

Financial inclusion is more than just reducing the stubborn nine percent gender gap in the area. It is about empowering women to increase their financial autonomy, bargaining-power and self-esteem, while reducing their exposure to risks.

Women are not brought up to think about money the way men are. Overall, they are earning less, saving less, investing less.

Women do often end up with a smaller nest egg at the end of their working lives, but for a simple reason: They earn less in their jobs. "It ends up being a wage story. (..) Men save more because they earn more." (source)

55% of the women questioned in a survey agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, "I know less than the average investor about financial markets and investing in general," compared with just 27% of the men.

Women tend to have a much lower risk tolerance than men—only 4% of women were willing to invest a substantial amount to achieve potentially higher returns, even if it meant possibly losing some or all of an initial investment, compared with 15% of men.

People say that women are better investors because they're more conservative, make less trades, aren't taking as many big bets, but this is just a big gender stereotype.

This has a lot to do with how women are raised to think about money.

When men and women who have the same education level around investing, their risk patterns appear to be more similar.

During this track, participants will be invited to envision, design and build technological solutions to the challenges that women and marginalised groups are encountering in the financial sector: how to make smarter decisions with their money, how to take control of their financials and how to help these groups feel that managing their money can be empowering, and not intimidating.
What will be the outcomes?
define, exemplify

By the end of the hackathon, participants will be able to define what a feminist city is and give examples of good practices for inclusive urban development, for inclusive finance and for feminist care.

Participants will be able to accurately describe their observations and critiques of the urban experience, the health space and the financial space
use technology

By working in collaborative groups, participants will be able to form predictions about how future technologies can be applied to the urban environment, health space and financial space.

The hackathon will provide space for navigating and sharing personal experiences, contextualizing and connecting those experiences with structural oppression.
Who We Are
Andra and Sinem's work focuses on social justice outcomes for marginalized groups. In 2021 Andra and Sinem decided to form Creative Feminism Lab together and have been researching and brainstorming together ever since.
Sinem Gorucu
Sinem has been a design equality activist and a postgraduate researcher working at the intersection of urbanism, architecture, feminism, data and tech. Her research topics include data bias in designer data sets (as an ongoing fellow of Futuress.org), data bias in housing and domesticity (MArch thesis at UCL), Ethical AI and design (research with Goethe Institute), urban storytelling games and data phy(at METU).
Andra Bria
Craft Product School founded by Andra is a product design school where participants are learning how to create more ethical and inclusive products and services. Design for Equality, the school's flagship course, is focusing on teaching students how to create for social equity in the professional sphere, in the domestic sphere or the digital sphere.
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The normal fee for registering is 15 EUR and we offer a limited number of reduced tickets of 10 EUR for lower income people and students.
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What you need to know before registering for the hackathon:
What do I need to have to participate in the hackathon?
You'll need a phone or computer to participate in the Zoom calls, and a computer that can run Discord. We'll send you everything else in the mail—including special treats and surprises!—so you'll need a mailing address. You are also free to use any additional materials you have handy for your team's project.
When is the hackathon, and when should I apply?
The hackathon runs from May 28 - June 6. We aim to have 50 participants in the hackathon.
We welcome people of all levels of experience to apply — if you've never been to a hackathon before, don't worry, we'll support you along the way!

What will be the outcome of our teamwork?
Sometimes, hackathons can be pretty tech-focused but we aim for our hackathon to be more inclusive of alternative solutions, art, community engagement, campaigns, programmes and frameworks for systemic thinking. We will not be restricting what form your solution will take, but will do our best, together with the mentors, to help you.
What tools will we be using in the hackathon?
Since this is an online hackathon, we will be using a few different tools to enable our collaborations to run smoothly. We will be using Zoom, Miro and Slack throughout the hackathon. Don't worry if some (or all) of these are unfamiliar to you. We will make sure to introduce them all.
For this reason you will need a computer with internet connection during the hackathon.

What happens after the hackathon?
We value collaboration over competition — so we will not be announcing one ultimate winner of the hackathon. We will however be providing opportunities to continue your project for the groups that are interested in doing so. More on that later.
What can I expect from the hackathon?
During the week we will have talks and workshops from our partner organizations and speakers. These sessions will help us all get in the mood and get ready for the projects in the three tracks. You will then get to work with your project team. Our partner organizations will work as mentors for the teams throughout the hackathon, so you will also get a chance for some one-on-one with them.
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