11th ANNUAL HACKS FOR HUMANITY 2024

11-13 OCTOBER 2024

 
 

HACKS FOR HUMANITY 2023 At-A-Glance

ABOUT THE EVENT

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.

UNIQUENESS

IMPACT

  • 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 2024 Tracks

Energy

Energy in the form of fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewables acts as a catalyst of human action, intricately weaving through our decisions, opportunities, and challenges. It has profoundly shaped our existence, enhancing the quality of life, shaping political strategies, preserving environmental integrity, and molding urban landscapes.  Now, we must collectively navigate its complexities, recognizing it not just as a technical puzzle but as a social imperative. Together, how do we innovate towards a sustainable future where energy solutions bridge disciplines and ideologies to pave a path towards resilience and progress?

Mental Health

While mental health often carries negative connotations, it also holds immense potential for positive transformation. By harnessing the power of technology, innovation, and a dedicated focus on mental wellbeing, how might we bring about positive change and foster a deeper understanding of mental health across personal, professional, and societal realms that craft innovative solutions to break down barriers, promote resilience, and pave the way for a brighter, more compassionate future?

Conflict

Throughout human history, conflict has been an inherent aspect of interaction, arising from disagreements, differing opinions, and competing values. Rather than viewing peace as merely the absence of conflict, how might we embrace the complexities and nuances of conflict? When navigated thoughtfully, how can conflict serve as a pathway towards positive change and greater social good and drive meaningful progress in our communities and beyond?

LOCATION

1951 @ SkySong

1475 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

Participants compete for team prizes of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as individual awards such as People’s Choice awards

Participant Requirements:

  • High school students are not qualified to take part.
  • Age Group- 18 years and above; anybody from students to professionals to retirees.
  • Register based on individual areas of expertise: artists, coders, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs.
  • Stay with assigned team for the duration of the event.
  • Work on tasks aligned with your skillset in-person in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Participant Registration

Mentors use their expertise to help teams spark creativity, generate ideas, problem solve, and develop final presentations.

Mentor Requirements

  • Any age
  • Register by most accurate skill set category: artists, coders, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, humanists
  • Commit to 2-hour blocks of time
  • Passionate about using innovation to address local and global issues for the greater social good
Mentor Registration

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.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Any age
  • 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
Volunteer Registration

Sponsor

  • Is an organization that provides funding to make event happen.
  • Sponsorship level packages: $2500+, $5000+, and $10,000+
  • Is highlighted on the Hacks for Humanity website
  • Is highlighted in monthly Project Humanities newsletter

Supporter

  • Offers event raffle prizes for participants
  • Offers in-kind support such as media coverage
  • Offers other non-monetary support or monetary support less than $2500
  • Is highlighted on the Hacks for Humanity website
  • Is highlighted in monthly Project Humanities newsletter

Inquire about sponsorship opportunities at [email protected]

HACKS FOR HUMANITY TRANSPORTATION DETAILS

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.

Starting Point - ASU Tempe Campus Shuttle Stop
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Starting Point - ASU Downtown Campus
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Starting Point - ASU Polytechnic Campus
Starting Point - ASU West Campus
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IMPACT

Feedback from 2023

Being a Computer Science grad it never happens to look at things from a humanitarian perspective. That is something which I found really cool here.

- Participant 2023

The humanity focus and mix of participants made it more than just a tech conference.

- Participant 2023

“It’s really nice that we are helping people through the knowledge we have.”

- Participant 2023

FAQ's

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.
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.

sponsors

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Past Hacks for Humanity At-A-Glance

Hacks for Humanity 2023

Hacks for Humanity 2022

Hacks for Humanity 2021

Hacks for Humanity 2020

Hacks for Humanity 2019

Hacks for Humanity 2018

Hacks for Humanity 2017

Hacks for Humanity 2016

Hacks for Humanity 2015

Hacks for Humanity 2014

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  • 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: $2500+, $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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