Santa Clara University's social good hackathon

March 2-3 in Locatelli

Thank you for joining us in our sixth 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 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 questions?

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


Day One, March 2nd

9:00 AM Check-In Begins โœ…
9:00 - 10:00 AM Breakfast is Served! ๐Ÿฉ
10:00 - 10:20 AM Opening Keynote ๐Ÿ“
10:20 - 10:45 AM Sponsor Pitches ๐Ÿ—ฃ
10:45 - 11:20 AM Team Formation, Team Pitches, Exchange with Sponsors ๐Ÿ—ฃ
11:00 AM Begin Hacking! ๐Ÿ’ป
12:00 PM Lunch! ๐Ÿฒ
2:00 PM Amazon Web Services Workshop
4:30 PM Clarifai Workshop
5:00 PM Frisbee Break! โญ•
7:00 PM Dinner ๐ŸŒฏ๐Ÿด
8:00 - 9:00 PM Smash Tournament Hour, Board games begin ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ•น๐Ÿ“บ
TBD Late Night Live Music ๐ŸŽธ
TBD Stand Up Comedy Club ๐ŸŽค

Day Two, March 3rd

12:00 AM Midnight Smores โ›บ๐ŸŒš
8:00 AM Breakfast is Served! ๐Ÿฉ
10:59 AM DevPost Submissions Due! ๐Ÿ“
11:00 - 12:00 PM Demos and Judging Begins ๐Ÿค”
12:00 PM Winners Announced ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ”ฅ
1:00 PM Winner Demos/Presentations, Prize Presentations ๐Ÿค‘

Themes and Prizes

This year, we are awarding prizes to teams whose projects best solve issues related to each humanitarian theme. The themes and prizes for this year are listed below, along with the sponsor backing the theme. Prizes are equally split among the winning teams' members.


Enabling underprivileged schools to have the best learning environment for their students.
$500 USD cash prize sponsored by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education


Providing the tools necessary to ensure good health in underserved communities.
Tello Quadcopters and Amazon gift cards worth $500 USD sponsored by Clarifai


Finding new solutions to keep the Earth safe and beautiful for future generations to come.
$500 USD cash prize sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics


Enhancing the livelihood of artists and musicians through the use of technology.
$500 USD cash prize sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This Year's Partners

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!

Amazon Web Services
The Garage
School of Engineering
Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Frugal Innovation Hub

Hack for Humanity 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. For more information about what it means to be a mentor and/or judge, please check out this document.

If you would like to get involved in our hackathon, please sign up here.