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

This year, we're going virtual and bringing Hack for Humanity to you!

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. This is a great way for you to work with others, and learn about the design process.

What if I don't have a team?

No problem! We will help connect you with other students who are also looking for teammates before and during the event.

Who can attend?

All undergraduate and graduate students of all majors are welcome! No prior technical experience is required. We'll have mentors and resources to help you along the way.

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!


Events in PST

Day One: February 20th 2021

9:00 AM Networking Breakfast ๐Ÿณโœ…
10:00 AM Opening Keynote ๐Ÿ“
10:30 AM Team Formation ๐Ÿค
11:00 AM Hacking Begins! ๐Ÿ’ป
3:00 PM Activity Break 1: H4H House Hunt! ๐Ÿงต
4:00 PM Department of Math & CS LaTeX Workshop ๐Ÿ› 
6:00 PM Activity Break 2: Game Night ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ•น๐Ÿ“บ
8:30 PM Late Night Performers ๐ŸŽธ

Day Two: February 21st 2021

12:00 AM Activity Break 3: Midnight Snack ๐Ÿ”ฅโ›บ๐ŸŒš
3:30 AM Activity Break 3.5: Super Late Night Shenanigans ๐ŸŒ™โญ
8:00 AM Activity Break 4: Speed Friending ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ
9:30 AM Devpost Submission Q&A โ“
10:30 AM DevPost Submissions Due! ๐Ÿ“
11:00 AM Demos and Judging Begin! ๐Ÿค”
12:45 PM Finalist Presentations ๐ŸŽค
2:00 PM Winners Announced! ๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ฏ


Hack for Humanity 2021 Grand Prizes:


Additional Prizes:

▪ Ciocca Center Sponsored Most Interdisciplinary Award: $500

▪ CrowdStrike Sponsored Best Security Hack: $500

▪ Xilinx Sponsored Best Overall Hack by Women-in-Tech (WIT): $500

▪ Department of Math and CS Sponsored Best Application of Theory: $250

▪ echoAR Sponsored Best Use of echoAR: $50 Amazon Gift Card

▪ School of Law & Paper Prisons Sponsored Best Reentry ID Tool: $250

▪ Microsoft Sponsored Best Use of Azure Prize: Microsoft Backpacks

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

First Place BroncoSec CTF Prize: $400

Second Place BroncoSec CTF Prize: $300

Third Place BroncoSec CTF Prize: $200

Don't forget to check out the H4H raffle, with prizes ranging from bluetooth speakers to gaming keyboards!

Raffle Info


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!

Become a Sponsor

This Year's Sponsors:

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Frugal Innovation Hub
Santa Clara University School of Engineering
Santa Clara University Computer Science and Engineering
Remaining Sponsors
Ignatian Center
Yerba Mate

Hack for Humanity 2021 Recap!

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

2021 Winners

Check out pictures from the 2020 hackathon here!


Santa Clara Universityโ€™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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