top of page


Registration for the ATHENA{techne} Virtual Hackathon is OPEN and FREE! Join us online this year to learn about the latest tech, tools, and toys that will help you blaze a path forward on your journey to becoming the fierce & capable leader you're meant to be.


5:30 PM

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Informal Networking

Welcome & Keynote

Moderated by Mary Ann Dawson

Featured Speaker: 

Introductions & Info for Saturday


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Get Ready to #TechLikeAGirl

Intro to HTML with Melaati Jayah & Autumn Ragland

Moderated by Pamela Egwuekwe

Intro to 3D Printing with Renee Timbs

Moderated by Tecia Marshall

Design Thinking with Yolanda Thompson

Moderated by Rachel Alexander

Intro to CSS with Melaati Jayah & Autumn Ragland

Moderated by Pamela Egwuekwe

Click & Clack: Mechanical Keyboards with Tilley

Moderated by Rachel Alexander

Memphis Mystery with Christy Kirchner, Memphis Public Libraries

Moderated by Tahiarah Maj Gettis

Speed Networking & Career Advice | Discussion with Q/A

Moderated by Katie Marie Bowman

Featured Panelists: 

  • Kimberly Bailey, Chief Information Officer, City of Memphis

  • Sarah Goehrke, Founder, Additive Integrity LLC; Board of Directors, Women in 3D Printing | Managing Editor, Fabbaloo

  • Audrey Willis, Chief of Staff Supply Chain, FedEx; Co-Founder, CodeCrew

Succeed Like a Girl: Lunch & Learn

Moderated by Katie Marie Bowman

Featured Panelists:  

Full STEAM Ahead: Combat Robotics & Power Racing

Moderated by Karen Corbeill

Featured Guests:  


Intro to Laser Cutting & Vector Graphics with Casey Parkman & the University of Memphis Sandbox

Moderated by Tecia Marshall

Intro to 3D CAD with Renee Timbs

Moderated by Rachel Alexander

Intro to Blacksmithing with Dr. Kevin Berisso

Moderated by Claudio Donndelinger

Drones in Action: Flying, Racing, and Engineering with Elizabeth Hayes

Moderated by Dave Myers, 901FPV

Escape Room Engineering with Christy Kirchner & Madison Virgilio, Memphis Public Libraries

Moderated by Yolanda Thompson

Show What You Know! Show off anything you've built this weekend, tell us what you learned, and what's next for you!

Moderated by Claudio Donndelinger

Keynote Speaker

Michelle Epps | 6 PM FRIDAY, SEPT 11



As Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President of IT for FedEx Freight, Michelle brings her energy, passion and drive into modernizing information technology (IT) systems, digital transformation and building technology to evolve.

Michelle began her career with technical roles in IT, later serving as Director of Application Architecture then most recently as VP of Corporate Systems at FedEx. In addition to her management career, Michelle holds various positions on boards and councils. She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Tech901, a Memphis based non-profit dedicated to training and developing talent to place into open IT positions. She also serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council for Wipro, an Indian IT consulting company.

Michelle obtained a Master of Business Administration in Systems Analysis and Design and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the University of Memphis.

Meet the Panelists

Succeed Like a Girl: Lunch & Learn | 12 PM - 1 PM SATURDAY, SEPT 12

Feast on the knowledge & experiences of an exclusive panel of woman leaders. Join us for a seat at the table to learn about the challenges they have faced so you can overcome them too.

bottom of page