Santa Clara University's Humanitarian Hackathon

February 20th-21st, 2021

Join us in our eighth 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!

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 when you arrive.

Who can attend?

All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome! This year, Hack for Humanity is open to all majors. This is a great way for you to work with a team, learn about the design process, and solve a humanitarian problem. Please come with ideas that you have for new apps or websites. Check out these resources complied just for you!

I've never been to a Hackathon!

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

Any other questions?

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


Hack for Humanity 2021 Schedule coming soon.

Here is the schedule from last year's hackathon for reference:

Day One: February 22nd 2020

9:00 AM Check-in & Networking Breakfast -- Meet Our Sponsors! 🍳✅
10:00 AM Opening Keynote 📝
10:30 AM Team Formation 🤝
11:00 AM Begin Hacking! 💻
12:00 PM Lunch 🍲
5:00 PM Frisbee Break! ⭕
7:00 PM Dinner 🌯🍴
8:00 PM Smash Tournament & Board Games 🎮🕹📺
8:30 PM Late Night Performers 🎸

Day Two: February 23rd 2020

12:00 AM Midnight S'mores 🔥⛺🌚
8:00 AM Breakfast 🥐
10:30 AM DevPost Submissions Due! 📝
11:00 AM Demos and Judging 🤔
12:00 PM Finalist Presentations 🎤
1:00 PM Winners Announced! 🤑🏆💯


Hack for Humanity 2021 Prizes coming soon.

Here are the prizes from last year's hackathon for reference:

First Place Prize: $1,500

Second Place Prize: $1,000

Third Place Prize: $500

Additional Prizes:

Ciocca Center Sponsored Most Interdisciplinary Award: $500

Markkula Sponsored Ethical Analysis Prize: $500

Microsoft Sponsored Best Use of Azure Prize: Xbox

Bronco Security Sponsored Capture the Flag (CTF) Cybersecurity Challenge:

First Place BroncoSec CTF Prize: $200

Second Place BroncoSec CTF Prize: $100


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 have questions!

Become a Sponsor

Last Year's Sponsors:

Santa Clara University School of Engineering
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Frugal Innovation Hub
Yerba Mate

Hack for Humanity 2020 Recap!

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

2020 Winners

Check out more pictures from the 2020 hackathon here!


Santa Clara University’s Hack for Humanity puts strong emphasis on recognizing the hard work of its participants. If you are interested in supporting this impactful event as a judge, please fill out the form below. Direct any questions you may have about judging to

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