Hacks for Humanity

"Love is in the air"

36-hour competitive hackathon for the social good.

Coming up : Oct 7-8, 2017 (Saturday -Sunday)

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Hacks for Humanity 2016

Hacks for Humanity, sponsored by Project Humanities at Arizona State University (ASU), is a 36-hour competitive hackathon for the social good that challenges participants to create technological solutions and initiatives to address local and global issues by implementing the seven Humanity 101 principles: kindness, compassion, integrity, respect, empathy, forgiveness, 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.

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Everyone is included

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.

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To a get good idea of what we are looking for in mentors, you can check out our mentor sign up sheet here. We're also looking to get people to lead workshops (and looking for some more ideas on what those workshops could be) and people who could lead a "Tech Talk" during the program.

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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.

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  • "Integrity"

    Choosing to do what is right, no matter what.

  • "Compassion"

    Choosing to care about others.

  • "Kindness"

    Choosing to help others.

  • "Forgiveness"

    Choosing to let go and embrace a new beginning.

  • "Empathy"

    Choosing to think from another’s perspective.

  • "Respect"

    Choosing to acknowledge others beyond their perspectives and actions.

  • "Self-reflection"

    Choosing to continuously examine yourself and consider possibilities of change.

The momentum from Hacks for Humanity

" The momentum from Hacks for Humanity does not stop once the winning team claims their prize. Hacks for Humanity has generated significant change within the lives of several of our participants. Perhaps the best example of this event’s sheer transformative power has been demonstrated through the continuing success of our 2014 winning team, ARKHumanity, who created a system designed to identify specific tweets containing key phrases that are frequently used by people in crisis who risk self-harming. Since their group’s formation and victory at the Hacks for Humanity hackathon, they have gone on to win the $10,000 grand prize at ASU Changemaker Central’s “Innovation Challenge” and $17,500 from The Pakis Social Entrepreneurship Challenge from the W.P. Carey School of Business. Additionally, this group has now formed the non-profit organization “Humanity X” which continues ambitiously to strive toward improving humanity through creative, new technologies. "

- Dr. Neal Lester, director, Project Humanities

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  • "Participation from a diverse group of people in a platform such as Hacks for Humanity creates a paradigm shift in technology development, giving everyday people the power to co-build the ‘next big thing’ that may affect our lives."

    Pat Pataranutaporn, inaugural hackathon participant, ASU Biology Major, and Humanity X co-founder

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