Santa Clara University's social good hackathon

March 3-4 in Locatelli

Join us in our fifth year of solving pressing social issues using your creativity and code

What's a Hackathon?

A hackathon is a time when you and your team come together to construct a cool and inventive project in 24 hours!

Who can attend?

All undergraduate and graduate students who can make the trip! A school email is required for registration.

I've never been to a Hackathon!

No worries! Hackathons are a great way to develop your skills and see what you can accomplish!

How big can my team be?

We will require all teams to be comprised of 2-6 people.

What if I don't have a team?

No problem! We can link you up with other students at the event who are also looking for teammates.

Any other question?

Feel free to email us at if you have any questions or concerns!

Event Itinerary

Day One, March 3rd

10:00 AM Opening Keynote ๐Ÿ“
11:30 AM Tech Talk (Version Control) ๐Ÿ™
12:00 PM Lunch! ๐Ÿฒ
1:30 PM Tech Talk (Web Scraping & APIs) ๐Ÿ•ธ
3:00 PM Frisbee Break! โญ•
4:30 PM Tech Talk (Building a Backend with Node.js) ๐Ÿ–ฅ
6:00 PM Dinner ๐ŸŒฏ๐Ÿด
7:00 PM Tech Talk (TensorFlow Crash Course) ๐Ÿ’ป
9:00 PM Late Night Live Music ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽธ
11:00 PM Super Smash Bros. Tournament ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ•น๐Ÿ“บ

Day Two, March 4th

12:00 AM Midnight Smores โ›บ๐ŸŒš
7:00 AM Breakfast is Served! ๐Ÿฉ
9:00 AM Tech Talk (Moving Your App to the Cloud) โ›…
11:00 AM Judging Begins ๐Ÿค”
12:00 PM Finalist Presentations & Judging ๐Ÿ“ฒ
1:00 PM Winners Announced ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿค‘

This Year's Sponsors

If Hack for Humanityโ€™s mission resonates with what you would like to see in your community, we would appreciate any financial support to make our event a success.

This support can be received in any form ranging from funds to subsidized tickets or purchase power for students to continue developing their knowledge of computer science!

Feel free to contact if you're interested or if you have questions/concerns!

Past Sponsors

Last Year's Hack for Humanity Recap!

First Place


SymTome is a platform that connects doctors and patients in remote regions. It allows doctors to analyze health trends and distribute themselves in the best way possible when those that are ill far outnumber those who can help. The application is primarily targeted for helping individuals in third world countries who need healthcare.

The application consists of two major components: an Amazon Alexa skill and a web application. In our implementation, the Alexa skill was running on an Amazon echo, but Alexa can run on a variety of platforms, including low-cost single board computers like the Raspberry Pi. The devices running the Alexa skill will be deployed to central areas of remote village, where hopefully everyone can access.

Second Place


San Jose consists of various objects & areas that you can adopt, however the issue of a lack of adoptions presented by the representative from the city of San Jose seemed to stem from the absence of an easy way to do so. TreesGo aims to make adopting trees in the San Jose area easy and enjoyable by turning the system into a game much like Pokemon Go.

Our web application consisted of both a front-end and a back-end. Our front-end interface was constructed using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, the Bootstrap framework, KnockOut.js, and some Google APIs. On the back end, we utilized RubyOnRails and SQLite3.

Third Place


Helping Hand is a mobile application that bridges the communication gap between service organizations and the beneficiaries of those services. When users make an account and login, they can easily see events that interest them and sort by different criteria. The mobile application serves Android, iOS, and any other phone that can send text message queries to our server!

Our application was built using HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript/jQuery for the front-end. On the back-end, we utilized firebase as our database, twilio to handle our messaging queries, python for our scripting with the Yelp APIs, and AWS to host our server.


Santa Clara Universityโ€™s Hack for Humanity believes that the key to its success lies in the support and guidance offered by its mentors. For more information about what it means to be a mentor, please check out this document.

If youโ€™d like to get involved in our hackathon, please sign up here.