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. 




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. 


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. 

Hackathon Sponsors


Best Mental Health Hack: Sketch App for Mac and UNITEK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Best Inequality Hack: Snowden Movie Blu-ray Combo and UNITEK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Best Environment Hack: Raspberry Pi and UNITEK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Best Overall Hack: Clerky and UNITEK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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