Hacks for Humanity: Hacking for the Social Good hosted by Project Humanities at Arizona State University (ASU) is a 36-hour entrepreneurial marathon that challenges participants to create technical solutions that challenges participants to create technological solutions and initiatives to address local and global issues by implementing these seven Humanity 101 principles: compassion, empathy, forgiveness, integrity, kindness, respect, and self-reflection. This annual event draws some 150-200 students, faculty, staff and community members, each with their individual talents and backgrounds of expertise.

This year’s hackathon will be held in-person.

As the legacy of Hacks for Humanity continues to unfold, our desire is to increase its impact exponentially through building robust partnerships with supporting agencies and organizations who share our common goals to change the world one person at a time and to build community one Project Humanities program at a time.



Hacks for Humanity 2023 Tracks


Non-human animals are present in so many areas of humans’ lives—companionship, labor, art, and nutrition, to name a few. How do the principles of Humanity 101 come into play when considering the role of non-human animals in this world? 


Each person experiences life differently; however, not everyone is accommodated for equally. How can inequalities be addressed to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in society, regardless of ability? 


Fashion is a mode of creative and sometimes political expression, but its impact on people’s lives goes far beyond. From the labor used to create clothing, the environmental impacts of the clothing  industry, or the political and social messages conveyed by its wearers, fashion holds an important place in society. 

9th Annual hacks for humanity AT-A-Glance


Feedback from 2022

“First, a big THANK YOU for asking me to be a judge at the Hacks for Humanity event. I really enjoyed it, and found it to be amazingly well organized. I also learned a lot about what the next generations are bringing to solve world problems.  I was very impressed with the quality and creativity of most of the hack ideas.”

- Judge 2022 / Facebook

“The schedule and break from things is nice. Often in other hackathons, I tend to not have the time to attend other events or workshops because I’m stuck in the code. I like that there isn’t much of an emphasis [on the technical aspects], but more of an emphasis on the story telling of the project.

- Participant 2022 / Facebook

“I really liked how there was a lot of attention to taking a holistic approach to problems rather than just technical. As an engineer it was really refreshing. This was also a SUPER organized event, and I appreciated it.”

- Participant 2022


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Is this event just for people in tech?

No! Hacks for Humanity invites participants from a all skillsets. We welcome artists, business people, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, creatives, and generalists; indeed everyone in between from high school to the professional retirement.

Teams are formed on-site to assure that each team has an even balance of people from non-tech and tech backgrounds.

Do I have to spend all 36 hours on-site?

Those who are fortunate to be in the Phoenix Metropolitan area have the benefit of being able to have the full event experience including 3 days of catered food, raffle prizes, shirts, and activities like therapy dogs and a fully equipped Gameplex. Because of this, we strongly encourage that those who can be in person to be on-site. 

In-person participants may go home in the evening to sleep so long as they return back to the venue before 7:30 am. In-person participants who leave the Hackathon and do not return on-site forfeit their eligibility to claim their team’s prize. 

Are there prizes for participants?

Cash prizes are distributed to each member of the top teams

  • First Place: $1,000 USD per team member
  • Second Place: $500 USD per team member
  • Third Place: $300 USD per team member
Who can attend?
  • Adults of all ages
  • High school juniors and seniors (16 years of age or older) with parent/guardian permission
  • Anyone interested in creating a solution that benefits the social good
  • Anyone who wants to serve as a mentor in 2-hour blocks who can support content and practice
  • Anyone who wants to serve as a volunteer to assist with the event logistics 
  • Anyone from around the world
  • Everyone: students, non-students, faculty, staff, professionals, administrators, and more
How does Hacks for Humanity work logistically?
  • Individuals register online as a participant, volunteer, or mentor, and self-identify with one of the designated expertise areas (business, design, engineering, generalist, etc.). 
  • Participants will be randomly assigned to a team based on a diverse set of expertise areas. Teams consist of 3-5 membersNo pre-assembled teams allowed. A goal of this hacking event is to get people to work across the lines of the every day and the familiar. In other words, we want teams to mix and match rather than teams of all graduate students, all undergraduates, all community members, all males, all from a single school, etc.
  • On the evening of the event commencement, attendees will report to the in-person venue
  • When teams are formed, the hacking begins with guidelines and milestones provided by the event coordinators.
  • All team members must be an active participant throughout the event in order to be eligible to receive prizes.
  • Teams are required to attend event plenaries and must send at least one team member to attend each workshop. 
  • The hacking event ends with each team pitching its product and judges determining the top teams for awards and prizes.

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What are the benefits of participating in this hacking event?
  • Builds community
  • Demonstrates “disruptive innovation” in a quick burst of creativity and innovation
  • Demonstrates the power of collaboration and diversity
  • Demonstrates the rewards of diverse perspectives
  • Teaches participants as they compete and innovate
  • Connects technology and product innovation with humanity and quality of life
  • Connects innovation and technology with entrepreneurship and business
  • Establishes a foundation for other such competitions and professional networking
  • It’s fun!
What is the impact of Hacks for Humanity?
  • Sparks inspiration for action
  • Provides resources and mentors during and after the event
  • Creates a network among other individuals and organizations advocating for societal change
  • Builds friendships, mentorships, and networks 

As the legacy of Hacks for Humanity continues to unfold, our impact increases through robust strategic partnerships with supporting agencies and organizations that share our common goal of doing social good, one person at a time.

Who owns the team product/idea?

The team producing owns the product/idea produced and the IP. We suggest sharing within your teams and making code open source but this is not a requirement for event participation.

Are there any registration fees?

Nope! This Hackathon is free for all participants, volunteers, and mentors.










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Join as a Participant
  • Is at least 16+ years of age (from high school juniors/ seniors to retirees) [high school students must have signed parental/ guardian permission]
  • Stay with assigned team for the duration of the event
  • Asynchronously work on tasks aligned with your skillset
  • Meet deadlines scheduled during Pacific Standard Time, GMT/UTC-7
  • Competes for prizes in both individual People’s Choice categories and as Judges’ top 3 teams
  • Registers based on individual areas of expertise: artists, coders, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, humanists
Join as a Mentor
  • Is anyone interested in using their expertise to help teams spark creativity, generate ideas, problem solve, and develop final presentations
  • Is anyone passionate about using innovation to address local and global issues for the greater social good
  • Commits to 2-hour blocks in which they test teams’ ideas and offer guidance
  • Comes in all ages
  • Signs up as artists, coders, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, humanists
Join as a Sponsor
  • An organization that provides funding to make event happen. See Sponsorship levels, individual perks and privileges here.
  • Sponsorship level packages: $3000, $5000, and $10,000
  • Is highlighted on the Hacks for Humanity website
  • Is highlighted in monthly Project Humanities newsletter
Join as a Volunteer
  • Is anyone interested in assisting the Project Humanities team in various event logistics
  • Commits to 2-hour blocks to assist Project Humanities team with logistics
  • May assist with registrant sign ins, facilitate participant activities throughout 36-hour event
  • Need not have any specific area of expertise
  • Wants to participate in the event as a close observer while assisting Project Humanities team with event logisticss
  • Can interview/ record team members about their participation

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  • Office– Discovery Hall 112, 250 E Lemon St, Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Phone– 480-727-7030
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