**Must fill out registration form to participate https://tinyurl.com/HFH20

**Teams are randomly assigned on Day 1 of the event

An unforgiving global pandemic as the backdrop for ongoing social disparities and racial injustices nationally and globally once again draws attention to this critical question: “Are we losing our humanity?” As no one is exempt from having to navigate what many are experiencing as the “best of times and the worst of times” at the same time, our annual Hacks for Humanity: Hacking for the Social Good–hosted by Project Humanities at Arizona State University (ASU)–could not be more pressing and urgent.

This 3-day hacking event challenges participants to create and to innovate solutions to local and global issues. While this year’s participant team tracks are Aging, Safety, and Justice, all finished products in this team competition must embody these Humanity 101 principleskindness, compassion, integrity, respect, empathy, forgiveness, and self-reflection. This unique annual event draws some 150-200 participants–students, faculty, staff, professionals, and community members. Because of COVID-19 uncertainties, this year’s event is VIRTUAL; affording new opportunities for national and international participation, volunteering, and mentoring. WHEN? 9, 10, 11 October 2020 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). EXPECT: prizes, games, networking, community-building, FUN!

Check out our website at https://www.hacksforhumanity.io/


What is Hacks for Humanity, and what makes it unique? 

Unlike many such hacking events, Hacks for Humanity invites participants from a wide skillset, even those who have no previous “hacking” experience. We welcome artists, coders, app makers, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, humanists, creatives, and generalists; indeed everyone in between from high school to professional retirement.

Hosted by Project Humanities at Arizona State University, Hacks for Humanity–a 3-day competitive online hacking event for the social good–is different in these ways:

  • Targets not just coders but rather to coders, non-coders and everyone in between.
  • Involves both communities inside and beyond Arizona State University and brings together individuals across professions, disciplines, generations, and around the globe.
  • Innovates products that connect with or embody at least 3 of these 7 principlesProject Humanities deems Humanity 101: compassion, empathy, respect, integrity, forgiveness, self-reflection and kindness.
  • Features 3 thematic tracks under the umbrella of Humanity 101. This year the three tracks are Aging, Safety, and Justice.

How does Hacks for Humanity work logistically?

  • Individuals register online as a participant, volunteer, or mentor, and self-identify with one of the designated expertise areas (business, design, humanist, engineering, generalist, etc.). 
  • On the evening of the event commencement, attendees will sign in to Zoom via the link emailed to them by event coordinators.
  • Participants will be randomly assigned to a team based on a diverse set of expertise areas. Teams consist of 3-5 members. No pre-assembled teams allowed. A goal of this hacking event is to get people to work across the lines of the everyday and the familiar. In other words, we want teams to mix and match rather than teams of all graduate students, all undergraduates, all community members, all males, all from a single school, etc.
  • When teams are formed, the hacking begins with guidelines and milestones provided by the event coordinators.
  • All team members must be an active team member throughout the event in order to be eligible to receive prizes.
  • Teams are required to attend event plenaries and must send at least one team member to attend each workshop. 
  • The hacking event ends with each team pitching its product and judges determining the top teams for awards and prizes.

Are there prizes for participants?

  • Cash prizes ($700 per person of First Place Team, $500 per person of Second Place Team, $300 per person of Third Place Team) are distributed to each member of the top teams



Who can attend?

  • adults of all ages
  • high school juniors and seniors (16 years of age or older) with parent/guardian permission
  • anyone interested in creating a solution that benefits the social good
  • anyone who wants to serve as a mentor in 2-hour blocks who can support content and practice
  • anyone who wants to serve as a volunteer to assist with event logistics
  • anyone from around the world
  • everyone: students, non-students, faculty, staff, professionals, administrators, and more



Hackathon Sponsors


$10,000 in prizes

First Place Team

$700 cash prize to each member of the First Place team.

Second Place Team

$500 cash prize to each member of the Second Place team.

Third Place Team

$300 cash prize to each member of the Third Place team.

Other Challenges

Cash prizes for various challenges throughout the event -- 10 winners.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Har Rai Khalsa

Har Rai Khalsa
MK Decision

Melissa Tse

Melissa Tse
Avery Dennison

Jessica Raymond, PhD

Jessica Raymond, PhD
Celtic Property Management, LLC

Steve VanKlompenberg

Steve VanKlompenberg
JPMorgan Chase

Judging Criteria

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