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Join Girls in Tech San Francisco for our 4th annual hackathon, Hacking For Humanity --we’re going virtual!

This year, teams will have the opportunity to partner with local non-profit organizations to respond to the housing crisis in San Francisco which is disproportionately affecting marginalized communities and has been further augmented by COVID-19.

Solutions will be evaluated in the following areas: innovation, impact and viability of implementation. Coding is welcomed but not required. Instead, leverage your prototyping, analytical or strategy skills to share your ideas for change.

We welcome this opportunity to anyone who is interested - coders, non-coders, designers, project managers, social entrepreneurs, public speakers etc. Hacking for Humanity is a woman-, man-, non-binary-, POC-, and LGBTQIA-friendly environment!

This event will include workshops to help give applicable problem solving skills. Mentors will also be provided to help teams think critically.

You can register with your own team (teams of 3-5 people) or get matched the week leading up to the event.

Finalized event hours, judging criteria and details will be coming soon!

To participate in the event, you can purchase tickets here



  • Hackathons are great places to test ideas, build a startup, build leadership and practice your pitching skills.


  • Design for real company scenarios and expand your portfolio. This is a chance to apply design thinking methodologies from ideation to research to prototyping.


  • Create a technology toolkit that can have real impact. Challenge your coding skills and use it as an opportunity to learn new languages and tools.


  • Hackathons provide lots of opportunities to get startup-like work experience. It’s a great way to build your resume and demonstrate your drive, your ability to be creative, work in teams, and innovate.

Corporate Employees:

  • If you’re looking to break out of your current role, or are reentering the workforce, Hackathons are great for sharpening and developing new skills, experimenting with new job roles.

Inventors and Early Adopters:

  • This gives you the opportunity to stretch your creativity in a fun challenging environment. You’ll be with like minded people and you can lead the way for first other first timers.


Individuals must obtain a ticket from eventrbite to partipate in the event.

Note: participants must be 16 years of age, and minors must have parental approval before attending.

(Note Times are in PST)

Monday August 17, 2020

Slack and Trello access are given out. Participants are able to start trying to form teams. We strongly suggest chatting with members throughout the week to find your team prior to Friday evening. If you haven't found a team, don't worry, we'll set aside some time Friday evening.

Resources to get 3 months free Premium Access for Prezi will also be given out.


Thursday, August 20, 2020

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Zoom Networking event to find team members

Friday, August 21, 2020

6:00 PM Kick-off Finalize Teams/Team Fun

7:00 PM Team Formation Deadline

7:00 PM -7:30 PM The Secret Recipe to Managing a Winning Team by Hackathon International

7:30 PM- 8:00 PM Your Team's Hacker/Hipster/Hustler

8:00 PM Yoga Nidra by Banff Yoga Festival

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

8:30 -8:45 AM - Mountain Meditation by Banff Yoga Festival

9:00 -9:30 AM - Opening Ceremony & Program Overview

9:30-11:00 AM - Unlocking Creativity Workshop by IDEO U

11:00 AM - 12:00 AM - NGO Speakers

12:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Group Brainstorm & Project Planning

12:00 PM - Hacking Begins!

1:00 PM - 2:15PM Check-in with Mentor

2:00 PM - Intro to HTML & CSS Workshop by Flatiron School San Francisco

Sunday, August 23rd, 2020

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Morning Check-in with Mentor

2:00 PM - Team submission deadline

2:30 - 2:45 PM - Introduction to our Judges

3:00 – 5:00 PM - Team Presentations

5:00 – 5:30 PM - Sound Experiences by Banff Yoga Festival

5:30 - 6:00 PM - Winner Announcement + Wrap Up

*schedule is subject to change


  • Each participant must have a ticket obtained by registering via Eventbrite at
  • The Hackathon is open to teams (“Teams”) of 3 to 5 people, ages 16 and older.
  • Each Team member must be at least the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence and have the permission of the applicable Partner to participate in the Hackathon and accept the prizes described below if awarded to such Team.
  • Team members are solely responsible for informing the applicable Partner of their participation in the Hackathon, and compliance with any applicable laws, contractual limitations and procedures established by the Partner related to their participation.
  • If a Team is entering the Hackathon, they must appoint and authorize one (1) individual (the “Representative”) to represent, act, and enter a Submission (defined below), on their behalf. The Representative must meet the eligibility requirements above. By entering a Submission on the Hackathon Website on behalf of a Team you represent and warrant that you are the Representative authorized to act on behalf of your Team.
  • The Hackathon is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

 Ineligible Participants The Hackathon is not open to:

  • Individuals who are residents of, or Teams representing Partners domiciled in, a country, state, province or territory where the laws of the United States or local law restricts participating or receiving a prize in the Hackathon (including, but not limited to, Brazil, Quebec, and Cuba, Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Myanmar (Burma), Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and any other jurisdiction designated by the United States Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control).
  • Organizations involved with the design, production, paid promotion, execution, or distribution of the Hackathon, including the Poster and Administrator (“Promotion Entities”)
  • Employees, internally contracted vendors of Poster and/or Administrator, representatives and agents** of such organizations
  • Any other individual involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Hackathon
  • Any Judge, or company or individual that employs a Judge, and each member of their immediate family or household*
  • Any parent company, subsidiary, or other affiliate*** of any organization described above
  • Employees or internally contracted vendors of governments and government-affiliated companies or organizations
  • Any employee whose employer’s guidelines or regulations do not allow entry into the Hackathon or acceptance of the prize(s)
  • Any other individual or organization whose participation in the Hackathon would create, in the sole discretion of the Poster and/or Administrator, a real or apparent conflict of interest

*The members of an individual’s immediate family include the individual’s spouse, children and stepchildren, parents and stepparents, and siblings and stepsiblings. The members of an individual’s household include any other person that shares the same residence as the individual for at least three (3) months out of the year.

**Agents include individuals or organizations that in creating a Submission to the Hackathon, are acting on behalf of, and at the direction of, a Promotion Entity through a contractual or similar relationship.

***An affiliate is: (a) an organization that is under common control, sharing a common majority or controlling owner, or common management; or (b) an organization that has a substantial ownership in, or is substantially owned by the other organization.


Teams must do the following to participate in the Hackathon:

  • Register for the Hackathon on the Hackathon Website at by clicking the “Register for this Hackathon” button. To complete registration, sign up to create a Devpost account, or log in with an existing Devpost account. There is no charge for creating a Devpost account. This will enable you to receive important updates and access the “Enter a Submission” page. Only one Devpost account created by a Team’s Representative is required per Team.
  • Submission Process:
    • Access the Hacking for Humanity Submission Form (linked in Devpost Submission page)
    • Select a challenge from the dropdown
    • Respond to the question “What does it do?” on how the Application is to be used
    • Respond to the question “How the Application was built?” by describing the programming languages, storage or any additional relevant information pertaining to the Application that the Team would like to disclose
    • Respond to the question “Challenges Faced” by sharing any challenges the team encountered while building the Application
    • Submit a video that meets the requirements described in the "Text Description, Image, Video, and Additional Submission Materials" section.
    • Complete and enter all of the required fields on the “Enter a Submission” page of the Hackathon Website during the Hackathon Submission Period (August 23, 2020 at 10:00am PST - August 23, 2020 at 2:00pm) and follow the required drop down and open text boxes below:
    • Once the above video, image, and Hackathon Website text submission requirements (collectively, the “Submission”) are complete, submit your Submission before August 23, 2020 at 2:00pm PST for Judges to begin reviewing.


  • Only projects with submissions will be demoed.
  • Teams with submissions will be queued.
  • The team is required to be present while their video submission is being demoed.
  • The team must be present to answer questions during the demo.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,500 in prizes

Grand Prize


2nd Place


3rd Place


Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jen Dante

Jen Dante
VP of Product at SoFi

Iryna Papalamava

Iryna Papalamava
COO Guardian Direct at Guardian Life

Grace McKenzie

Grace McKenzie
Co-Founder of Grupie

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea (5pts)
    Is the idea a strong minimal viable product for the customer to use today? How impactful is the solution for the issue you are hoping to help solve? Does the solution fulfill one of the participating NGO’s requirements?
  • Design (5pts)
    How well the idea was designed by the Team? How well thought out and complete is the design? Is it easy to use? Is it visually appealing? Is the design intuitive? Does it flow naturally?
  • Pitch/Presentation (5pts)
    Judges will focus on the quality of the video submission and text description. Participants’ proposal should be able to drive and improve business processes based on the challenge provided by the Poster. A sense of teamwork should be present.
  • Technicality (3pts)
    Includes the practicability and ease of implementation in a customer environment Does it work? Lo-Fi vs. Hi-Fi Prototype, Technical effort
  • Team Participation (2pts)
    Team participation in attending workshops, NGO presentations, and team building activities

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