Apply now: Seeking woman CS student to attend June RHoK in Seattle

Yahoo! travel scholarship available for a women computer science student

We’re excited to announce that Yahoo! will once again fund one female university student up to US$800 to attend the RHOK event. Any full-time female university student who is able to attend the event in Seattle, in person, may enter the competition.

To enter, write a short paragraph of no more than 250 words about why you want to change the world. Submit your entry by email by midnight PST on May 27, 2011.

Please hurry and apply now — a winner will be selected by May 31st, and will be notified shortly thereafter.

A bit of background: Grace Hopper Conference and RHoK Chicago

Back in the fall, participants in the Open Source for Good panel at the the 2010 Grace Hopper Conference, threw down a 20% challenge for women engineers: Represent! The challenge was for the upcoming December 2010 Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) participation to consist of 20% women.

As one of the instigators of challenge, Yahoo! funded Malveeka Tewari, a Computer Science graduate student at the University of California, San Diego to attend RHoK Chicago. For Malveeka, it was an opportunity to code and contribute to the greater good in Chicago. In an interview with YDN, Malveeka explained her aspirations: "I've always hoped that my education will help me in building tools that will have social outreach — tools that will benefit others across any boundaries."

The challenge was a big win for RHoK. Because of the commitment from women like Malveeka Tewari, RHoK included more than 30% female participation in Chicago, and 5 of the 20 locations worldwide had greater than 20% female participation. In addition, the winning team in Chicago was four-fifths female in composition.

To encourage women to continue participating, we are continuing the challenge for the June 2011 RHoK in Seattle. It's someone else's turn to represent!


The upcoming hackathon is on June 4-5, 2011. The US main stage location is Seattle, with satellite locations in Hartford, Philadelphia, and Silicon Valley. Here's the list of all locations.

  • Aarhus, Denmark
  • Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • Bangalore, India
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
  • Silicon Valley, California, U.S.A.
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Trento Italy

RHoK organizes marathon hacking events at multiple global locations, which bringing together developers from all over the world to develop software solutions that respond to the challenges facing humanity today. A RHoK Hackathon brings together the best and brightest hackers from around the world, along with people new to the hacking and the global open source community.

During the event, these volunteers work together to solve real-world humanitarian problems.

This is your chance to change the world. BE THERE! You know you want to be a global RHoKstar.

Sign up now!

Yahoo! is not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, garbled, unintelligible or misdirected entries, or for any errors or failures of any kind (including but not limited to human error) in the transmission, receipt, or processing of entries. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: By entering, participants release and hold harmless Yahoo!, its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injuries, loss or damage arising from or in connection with participation in this promotion or acceptance / use of any prize.