Santa Clara University's social good hackathon



Hack for Humanity is Santa Clara University’s social good hackathon. You and a team of 2-6 people will work together to develop tools and applications which will be used by those in your larger community to make the end user’s life better.

In the past, we have seen teams build many incredible projects, including:

  • Interactive preliminary health diagnosis applications using Amazon Alexa
  • Websites which help low-income families search for jobs
  • Drones enabling internet access in the aftermath of natural disasters

The possibilities are endless, and we would love your participation to help us push for a more conscious, compassionate, and competent community. 

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Themes provide the bedrock for inspiring creative and exciting solutions to social issues. In past years, we have focused on areas such as natural disaster relief and homelessness.This year, we will be focusing on:

  • Education: enabling underprivileged schools to have the best learning environment for their students
  • Health: providing the tools necessary to ensure good health in underserved communities
  • Sustainability: finding new solutions to keep the Earth safe and beautiful for future generations to come
  • Creativity: enhancing the livelihood of artists and musicians through the use of technology

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  • Groups of 2-6 undergraduate and graduate students
  • A school email is required for registration and participation


Submission Requirements:

  • a link to a git repository (MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA DEVPOST)
  • tar file
  • zip file


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Jack Kingsman
Full Stack Developer at Chartio

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Kenny Spade
Program Manager at Microsoft Garage

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Vicente Ciancio
Full Stack Developer at Facebook

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Allan Baez Morales
Director of Programs and Partnerships, Frugal Innovation Hub

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Kunal Batra
Sr. Developer/Technical Evangelist at AWS

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Shashank Prasanna
Sr. Technical Evangelist, AI and Machine Learning at AWS

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Tim Burks
Software Engineer at Google

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Chris Norris
Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Is it a scalable design/solution?
  • Polish
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be about how good the human-computer interaction is.
  • Innovativeness
    Does the hack show the team thought “outside of the box”? Does it have a certain “wow factor” to it? Is it different compared to previous solutions?
  • Social Impact
    How much good could this hack bring to others in the specific theme?
  • Project Completeness
    Is there a demo of the product’s functionality? Can major user action flows be completed without significant obstacles?