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 Introductions
1:00 PM Hearthstone Fireside Tournament
3:00 PM Frisbee Break
6:00 PM Dinner

Day Two, March 4th

9:00 AM Breakfast is served!
1:00 PM Presentations begin ~
3:00 PM Winners Announced

This Year's Sponsors

If Hack for Humanity’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.


"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn"

Benjamin Franklin

Santa Clara University’s Hack for Humanity believes that the key to its success lies in the support and guidance offered by its mentors. In developing the tools and applications to benefit social good, we believe it is equally important to build the compassionate and competent leaders of tomorrow.

To give you an idea of what it means to be a “mentor” at our hackathon, here is a list of some of the contributions mentors have made in the past:

  • Inspire our contestants with a quick presentation before the hackathon to provide tangible ideas of routes their projects could take
  • Talk to a variety of teams during the early stages of the hackathon to help drive the team’s project in the right direction
  • Provide architectural insight as to how teams should approach the construction of their idea
  • Give advice about how teams can wrap up their project given their current status
  • Help in the judging process of all projects
  • Network with students after the hackathon and gauge students’ interest in a future internship with their company

If you’d like to get involved in our hackathon, please sign up here