Santa Clara University's Humanitarian Hackathon

February 22nd-23rd, 2020 in Locatelli

Thank you for joining us in our seventh year of solving pressing social issues using your creativity and code

What's a Hackathon?

A hackathon is an opportunity 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 are welcome! 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 require all teams to be comprised of 2-6 people.

What if I don't have a team?

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

Any other questions?

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


This year, we are awarding prizes to the top three teams whose projects solve humanitarian issues.


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 have questions!

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Hack for Humanity 2019 Recap!

Take a closer look at what people built on our Devpost contest.

Check out our pictures from the 2019 Hackathon here!

Education Winner: First Gen College Helper


We created a tool for schools to distribute to their students to help them in their mission to educate their students and prepare them for a brighter future. It also helps schools facilitate their students finding the best learning environment for them after high school.

To learn more, click on this link.

Health Winner: BeacOn


We created an iOS app that communicates with iBeacons to the general location of the person who activated it. After mapping to their general location (the person's address for example), ambulances can ultimately communicate with the devices of these people to cut the time needed to get to the personโ€™s precise location.

To learn more, click on this link.

Sustainability Winner: Dr. Recycle


It's a Facebook Messenger Chat Bot that offers ideas resources and ways to recycle things best! By helping people find the best way to recycle things, we can help reduce items that go to the landfill.

To learn more, click on this link.

Creativity Winner: Swing Beat


Where is Swing Beat headed after the hackathon?

  • Create and expand visualizations as works of art.
  • Inspire others in making art of their own.
  • Help people learn to dance better
  • Continued research. Make improvements in real time beat detection algorithms and publish our results.
  • Take dance platforms to market.
Note: repository not submitted with permission of hackathon organizers for future development and release

To learn more, click on this link.

Mentors and Judges

Santa Clara Universityโ€™s Hack for Humanity believes that the key to its success lies in the support and guidance offered by its mentors and judges.