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It’s Saturday afternoon, and another Startup Weekend DC event is underway. Participants met last night at 1776 in Crystal City, where they formed teams to prototype ideas within 54 hours.

Those teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges tomorrow night: Allyson Burns, SVP of Communications at Revolution LLC; Shavanna Miller, Co-Founder & CEO of Bloompop; Arti Anand, Co-Founder + CMO of Prevoo; and Caron De Mars of the Connect to Success women’s entrepreneurship program at the US Embassy in Portugal.

We can’t wait to see these ideas come to life — because we know that this city helps innovators fulfill their potential. DC is already America’s best city for women in tech; 37% of our local tech workforce is filled by women.

We are so close to 50-50 parity  — and events like Flip the Ratio this weekend highlight the collective work being done to get there.

We could not host Flip the Ratio without our sponsors and community partners. Their tireless efforts throughout the DC tech scene have helped bring this weekend to life.

Learn more about their efforts below:

Platinum Sponsor

Crystal City is is home to the Consumer Electronics Association (producers of ICES, the world’s largest electronics show), PBS, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and countless other companies. It is also the largest downtown area in Arlington — and known as its most innovative.

Gold Sponsor

Arlington, Virginia, is the second largest principal city in the Washington, DC Metro area. It is also a community that embraces entrepreneurship — and welcomes new companies from outside the area. Startup Arlington is offering one tech startup three months of free office and living space, as well as legal advice, public transport incentives, and more. Learn more and apply by October 17.

Silver Sponsor

Halcyon Incubator is committed to solving 21st century challenges throughout the nation and world. By helping social entrepreneurs transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures, the Halcyon Incubator acts as a catalyst for measurable social outcomes. Think you can help them make a difference? Applications for are open through October 14th.

Community Partners

General Assembly DC  holds classes on tech, business, and design with top tier instructors. They transform thinkers into creators, and were named the world’s most innovative education startup by Fast Company.

UXDC Conference (on October 9th and 10th) offers insights from the people influencing UX strategy and delivering results across DC’s unique mix of government, nonprofit, association, and business organizations. It is the largest 2-day conference in the DC Metro area designed to help user experience professionals get ahead. Use the code STARTUPWEEKEND15OFF for 15% off your ticket.

DCFemtech is a coalition of women leaders aimed at amplifying women in tech organizations, sharing resources, and bringing leaders together to close the gender gap. Their monthlong Tour de Code kicks off this Wednesday, September 30; click here to learn more.

Modev is a community committed to connecting developers (and those in the development ecosystem) to on the latest platforms, methods, and ideas to stay ahead.

DC Web Women is a professional organization of more than 3,000 members located in the Washington, DC metro area. As part of their goal to support the DC tech scene, DCWW partners with like-minded local tech and non-tech communities and groups

Night Owls is an open and inclusive after-hours community of adventurous self-starters turning big ideas into exciting projects. They do this by organizing co-working sessions at businesses and co-working spaces around town each week.

Girl Develop It DC provides a community where women can learn how to code with no prior experience. While they focus their mission and messaging on women, they’re women inclusive — not women only. Like Flip the Ratio, Girls Develop DC encourages men to join them as teachers, teacher assistants, sponsors, even students!

Iron Yard DC offers immersive coding courses. Students can study Back End Engineering, Data Science, Front End Engineering, and Mobile Engineering — all with the goal to kickstart new careers.

Impact Hub is an events and coworking space for a global community of professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change.

1776 is a global incubator and seed fund helping startups transform industries that impact millions of lives every day — education, energy & sustainability, health, transportation, and cities.

Web Content Mavens is a DC-based networking group focused on web and mobile management, technology, marketing, and strategy.

DCINNO offers news, insight, and analysis about DC tech, startups, lifestyle, and sports.

SILICON HILL reports on the DC tech and startup scene to bring readers the latest news, events, and relevant insights.

Digital Partner

Glassbreakers offers mentorship for the modern workforce and enterprise software solutions for diversity. They believe that transformative change is possible when we all participate. Accordingly, their mission is to empower everyone to break the glass ceiling.


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Lauren Maffeo