An unforgiving global pandemic as the backdrop for ongoing social disparities and racial injustices nationally and globally once again draws attention to this critical question: “Are we losing our humanity?” As no one is exempt from having to navigate what many are experiencing as the “best of times and the worst of times” at the same time, our annual Hacks for Humanity: Hacking for the Social Good–hosted by Project Humanities at Arizona State University (ASU)–could not be more pressing and urgent.

This 3-day hacking event challenges participants to create and to innovate solutions to local and global issues. While this year’s participant team tracks are Aging, Safety, and Justice, all finished products in this team competition must embody these Humanity 101 principles: kindness, compassion, integrity, respect, empathy, forgiveness, and self-reflection. This unique annual event draws some 150-200 participants–students, faculty, staff, professionals, and community members. Because of COVID-19 uncertainties, this year’s event is VIRTUAL; affording new opportunities for national and international participation, volunteering, and mentoring. WHEN? 9, 10, 11 October 2020 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). EXPECT: prizes, games, networking, community-building, FUN!

2020 Tracks

How can societal attitudes about and responses to aging acknowledge the humanity of every individual?

What are solutions that lead us toward personal, public, or emotional safety? How does safety contribute to the wellbeing of individuals, organizations, and communities?

What is justice, and how is justice achieved in a way that takes into account the humanity of every human? To what extent can thinking about and practicing justice–and its opposite, injustice– be challenged and realized through innovation and creative entrepreneurship?