Hack the world's toughest social issues—climate change, poverty, and more.

We're hacking for Social Good in the <3 of NYC.

Social Hacks is a 24-hour, student-run hackathon that brings together students, programmers, technologists, and activists in New York City to collaborate on technological solutions. Prizes will be given for the best hacks in each category as well as an overall best hack. 

 

 

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Eligibility

Checked-in and demoed the project at Social Hacks. Form teams of 1 to 4 individuals. Your project must be submitted to Devpost to be eligible for prizes. 

Requirements

There are three main categories to choose from: Mental Health, Inequality, Environment. A project in any of these topics is encouraged but not required. The project can be software or hardware based, but it must have been mainly developed at Social Hacks. 

Judges

Stuart Allan

Stuart Allan
Equity Research Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Eva Sadej

Eva Sadej
Investment Associate at Bridgewaters Associates

Saimon Sharif

Saimon Sharif
Software Engineer at Rent the Runway

Mike Zamansky

Mike Zamansky
Coordinator of CS Teacher Education at Hunter College

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty (1-5)
    Is this project technically interesting or difficult?
  • Social Impact (1-5)
    How much of an impact does this hack have in its specific category?
  • Originality (1-5)
    Is it a unique idea or a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Practicality (1-5)
    Is this app useful and will people really use it? Will it fulfill a need in a community?
  • Design (1-5)
    Is this hack aesthetic and well-designed? Is it put together?