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

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,000 in prizes


Sponsored by Markkula Center for Applied Ethics


Sponsored by Bannan Forum (Ignatian Center)


Sponsored by Clarifai
Prizes consist ($500 total in value):
- Tello Quadcopters
- Amazon Gift Cards


Sponsored by Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:



  • 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


Jack Kingsman

Jack Kingsman
Full Stack Developer at Chartio

Kenny Spade

Kenny Spade
Program Manager at Microsoft Garage

Vicente Ciancio

Vicente Ciancio
Full Stack Developer at Facebook

Allan Baez Morales

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

Kunal Batra

Kunal Batra
Sr. Developer/Technical Evangelist at AWS

Shashank Prasanna

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

Tim Burks

Tim Burks
Software Engineer at Google

Chris Norris

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?

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