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 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.
Unlike many such hackathons, Hacks for Humanity encourages participants from wide skillsets even those who have no previous “hacking” experience.
– App Makers
– And, everyone in between from high schoolers to retirees
When diverse perspectives come together, innovation is the exciting result. This expectation has fulfilled itself time and again as the products of this hackathon continue to unfold.
The impact of our hackathon focuses on the seven principles of Humanity 101.
– Sparks inspiration for action
– Provides resources and mentors during and after the event
– Advocates for societal change
– Builds friendships, mentorships, and networks in local Arizona communities
$10,000 worth of cash prizes.
First Place: $1000/ team member
Second Place: $700/ team member
Third Place: $500/ team member
Best Website: $100/ team member
Most Helpful: $400, individual prize
Best Mentor: $400, individual prize
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.
The hackathon is scheduled to commence at 5:00 PM (MST) on Friday, October 6th, and conclude at 3:30 PM (MST) on Sunday, October 8th. Participants will get 36 hours of time to work on their ideas.
** This schedule is not final & serves as a summary of key event highlights. The organizing team retains the flexibility to make schedule adjustments as necessary.
Plenary: Success with Accessibility
Michael Hansen was born with a hearing loss and grew up wanting to make a positive impact on people with one or more disabilities. Currently, he is a manager at State Farm where he enjoys supporting his teams and advocating for the disability community through the Advocacy of Disabilities and Education ERG.
Michael will discuss:
His experience growing up in a small town where he was the only Deaf student in his school district. He and his family advocated for necessary resources to support his academic achievement.
Challenges of his initial interview at State Farm and improvements in the ADA Accommodation request process for interviews/daily working life.
Technology implemented to help him develop meaningful work relationships at State Farm and become a manager at a Fortune 50 company.
An overview of advancements in assistive technology at State Farm in the last 25 years
Disability / Ableism
Adero C. E. Allison, Ph.D.
Adero C. E. Allison, Ph.D. (she/her) is Assistant Director, Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services at Arizona State University.
With a background in music, disability, and social sciences, Dr. Allison has experience that spans over 40 years working with people with disabilities from vocational programs to large systems change projects related to disability in work, home, and employment, and currently, with students in ASU undergraduate and graduate programs. She is a scholar/practitioner serving professionally as a private coach and organizational consultant. In my current position, she coordinates the development of new initiatives to develop student supports that go beyond the provision of accommodations to life skill development and employment preparation for beyond the university.
My ability to see and share where things connect and where they lead allows me to help individuals and organizations expand their awareness and potential.
Jessie Kosak received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design and sustainability and a Master of Fine Arts in fashion design and society from Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City.
She has worked internationally as a designer for over a decade, and as an environmental and sustainability researcher for the fashion industry.
She is currently an instructor at Arizona State University, where she teaches courses on fashion design and sustainability. Her current research focuses on the connection between historicism in fashion and emotional durability as a catalyst for lowered consumption.
Terri Hlava holds a PhD in Education Psychology and is the personal human to Copper D., Shay B., and Montreux G. Hlava. They team teach Disability Studies, Justice Studies and Ethnic Studies courses at Arizona State University and research children’s implicit theories of academic ability for self, others and other species. In 2007, Terri and her teammates co-founded H.A.B.I.T.A.T. (Human Animal Bond In Teaching And Therapies). Terri’s happy place is always in the company of dogs and most anywhere outdoors.
Unlike many such hackathons, Hacks for Humanity invites the participation of individuals with and without coding skills. In fact, we welcome coders and creatives, app makers and artists, engineers and entrepreneurs alike, along with each and every person in between. When these diverse perspectives come together, innovation is the exciting result.
Mentors and Volunteers
Mentors bring their diverse expertise to our team. Mentors commit to 2-hour blocks and float to test teams’ ideas and to offer guidance through the hackathon process.
Volunteers assist with logistics of our hackathon. They need no specific expertise, just a willingness to support our efforts, also in 2-hour blocks. Click here more info.
As the legacy of Hacks for Humanity continues, our desire is to increase its impact exponentially by building robust partnerships. Supporting agencies and organizations share our common goals to build community one person at a time, one Project Humanities program at a time.
Volunteers participate in the event as a close observer while assisting Project Humanities team with event logistics. They can be anyone interested in assisting the Project Humanities team in various event logistics.
Any area of expertise welcome
Commit to 2-hour blocks to assist Project Humanities team with logistics
Virtual and In-Person opportunities available
Assist with tasks such as registrant sign ins, facilitate participant activities throughout 36-hour event
Did you know that people who take public transportation to Hacks for Humanity have their raffle entries doubled? That’s double the chance at $1,000 worth of additional prizes ***
Getting to ASU Skysong from any the Tempe campus is easy! The Valley Metro’s bus route 72 takes you straight from Apache & Rural (outside the Taco Bell) to the entrance of the Skysong campus. However, there are plenty of other routes, some from different campuses as starting points and some that are completely free.
Click through the options below to see what routes may work best for you.
Note: We recommend that you start your public transportation route at least 1 hour before the opening session on at 6:00 pm on Friday, October 6 so that you can arrive on time.
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.
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.
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 members. No 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.
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.