SheHacks: JWU Student on Winning Team in Boston Competition


JWU student Frances Mulligan '20 (pictured) was on the winning team for the most entrepreneurial hack in the first SheHacks Boston competition. The contest, which hosted over 1,000 participants, was designed to encourage young women pursuing education and careers in the technology industry. 

“Competing in SheHacks was a great opportunity to meet so many young women pursuing common goals in a field that is typically dominated by men,” said Mulligan. “As a software engineering major, I developed the confidence and skills necessary to step out of my comfort zone and participate in this innovative contest. We were thrilled to learn that our team will have the opportunity to present our concept to venture capitalists, with the possibility of receiving funding.”

Mulligan joined five other teammates from different institutions around New England to create a virtual reality app designed to assist animal shelters in socializing their animals and attracting potential donors and adopters. The app allows users to talk to and interact with shelter animals through installed, Wi-Fi capable tablets. Users may also apply to adopt and can donate to a shelter through the app. This spring, the team will pitch their product to venture capitalists in Boston for up to $25,000 in funding.

“We were thrilled to learn that Frances and her team were recognized for their hard work in the SheHacks Boston competition,” said Anthony Chavis, assistant professor, College of Engineering & Design. “To see Frances take the skills she has learned in our software engineering program and apply them outside of the classroom is most rewarding. This experience exemplifies the opportunities available to young women pursuing careers in technology.”