DC Design Week: unHackathon with IBM

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Color Coded and IBM want to empower women founders, creatives, and ideators by providing the space and resources to get their projects started or further developed.

How are we doing that?

We bring you Color Coded’s second un-hackathon: A free event where you’ll learn new skills, work on the project you’ve always wanted to make happen, and build your community. No pressure, no competition, just good vibes.

What can you expect?

We will kick things off with a Design Thinking workshop led by IBM, then you're free to jump into working and hacking on a project of your own or taken from the list of suggested ideas available on site.

Not hacking? No problem. There will be other workshops throughout the day such as an intro to React, Data Visualization, an intro to the Adobe Suite, a meditative yoga class, and more. Check out the schedule below and register for what fits your needs.

If you're not going to workshops, you're free to stay in the space to work, make friends, and hangout.


8:30AM - 9:30AM

  • Beginners Yoga Class (BYO Mat) to clear your mind

10AM - 1PM

  • Design Thinking Workshop with IBM

    At IBM, we think the systems of the world should work in service of people. At the heart of our human-centered mission is IBM Design Thinking: a framework to solve our users’ problems at the speed and scale of the modern digital enterprise.

    In this workshop, you will learn about the three core elements to IBM Design Thinking.

    • The Principles guide us: See problems and solutions as an ongoing conversation.

    • The Loop drives us: Understand the present and envision the future in a continuous cycle of observing, reflecting, and making.

    • The Keys align us: Lead teams to great user outcomes using our scalable framework for team alignment.

1PM - 2PM

  • Lunch provided by &pizza

2:30PM - 4PM

  • Intro to the Adobe Suite with Illustrator and Photoshop | Alex Pryor

    Got Photoshop on your computer but instantly overwhelmed when you open it? Not quite sure what the difference is between Indesign & Illustrator? Stop by this crash course where you’ll be personally introduced to Adobe Creative Cloud & learn some basics of these industry standard programs

  • Sketch 101 for non and new designers | Ngan Hoang

    Sketch is a a vector design tool entirely focused on user interface design. This hands-on workshop will teach you the basics of Sketch 3, whether or not you have a background in design. We'll begin with a brief overview of the software itself and end with some advanced techniques to explore Sketch's capabilities. Along with learning the fundamentals, participants will be taught tools and tips to help optimize workflow and speed up the design process.

  • UX: Intro to User Research | Phim Her

    The main goal of this class is to talk about design thinking and user research through the lens of unconscious bias and storytelling. There will be three main parts to this workshop (intro, affinity mapping, prototyping).

Other important dates:

  • Don’t miss the Tech Lady pre-hackathon party on Friday OCt 20th at iSL.

  • Check out our friends at the Tech Lady Hackathon on Saturday Oct 21st at the Washington Post! You can definitely start hacking there and continue with us on Sunday.

  • Celebrate the return of DC Design Week at the kickoff party Sunday night, Oct 22nd at 6pm.


Who can attend?

Any and all curious and creative minds that want to empower women creatives, founders, and/or tech lovers. If you are one, come! If you are fully supportive of one, come and bring them!

What is an unHackathon?

A free creative event where attendees learn new skills, work on the project they’ve always wanted to make happen, and build their community. As opposed to a hackathon, which usually has a competition, a winner and is more geared towards code.

Will there be food?

Lunch will be provided by &pizza and there will be snacks and refreshments throughout. We encourage attendees to grab breakfast prior to the first workshops. Dinner and beverages will be provided at the DC Design Week kick off after the unHackathon.

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