Hack for Humanity

Hack solutions at the scale of humanity

Nov. 18 - 18 from 09:30 am to 06:00 pm

During a true hackaTHON, starting November 18 and ending on February 18, 100 selected developers, designers and product managers will be developing prototypes of applications based on solutions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

A carefully selected jury will be responsible for crowning the winners and there will be lots of different prizes to win, including a support system to further develop the prototype.

Hack for Humanity has its origin in a collaboration between Open Source and the United Nations. We developed projects based on the Sustainability Development Goals. This year we will continue that tradition of aligning our camps with the SDGs.


Youth Unemployment: In a rapidly evolving work landscape. Youth employment is ever more important to building the basic skills needed for a successful adulthood. Create a solution that makes it easier for high school age students to find work opportunities in the digital economy.

Gender Equality & Female Rights: While women were pioneers in the space of computer science, their participation today in the cutting edge and lucrative field has been abysmal. Create a solution that will introduce and help onboard recent high school and non-CS college graduates to computer science!

Reduced Inequality: Inequality has been cited by many world leaders as the paramount threat to stability. In the new economy, the lack of participation by the economically disadvantaged and racially discriminated against segments of society, hinders their attainment further and deprives society of their talents. Create a solution that breaks their barrier to entry and/or highlight the latent talent and economic opportunity in their communities.

Climate Action: The United States (Federal government) withdrew from The Paris Climate Accord. However, the country is still on a path to hit its Paris Climate Accord targets thanks to local and state governments. Create a solution that enables the participation and tracking of smaller communities in reaching and tracking of PCA targets.

Open Source Innovation: Open Source has enabled the explosion of the digital economy by lowering the economic barrier to entry, however the community remains fractured. Create a solution that builds a more communal experience across frameworks, languages, specialties and geographies.

Other: If yo have any other ideas you would love to explore during this hackathon. Please make sure they align with the Sustainable Developlment Goals and the mission of Open Source.


Hack for Humanity features a rich mix of presenters from across the open source community.

Paige Bailey

Developer Advocate - Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence (Microsoft)

Mike Caprio

Innovation Consultant and Innovation Event Producer (Brainewave Consulting)


Saturday:  09:00-09:30 registration, 09:30-10:30 Paige presentation, 10:30-11:00 Presentation of the challenge. Sunday: 5:00-5:30 Mike's presentation


Hack For Humanity includes an interesting mix of presentation on best practices, emerging techniques recent research.

Programming for Good: How can the Python community affect change for a more sustainable future?

“Our planet is facing the greatest problems it’s ever faced, ever. So whatever you do, don’t be bored; this is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting.” Hundreds of mission-driven organizations and communities are tackling complex social issues like poverty, global warming and public health. Many of those institutions have a wealth of unexplored data that could provide insights and facilitate impact — but they don’t have the time or programming skills required to leverage it. That’s where you come in. As a software engineer or a data scientist, you have the unique power to move the needle on critical issues; to be a real-life superhero! This talk will detail how you can get involved with socially impactful data projects, today, no matter what your skill or experience level. You will walk away with a list of organizations in need of assistance, as well as a detailed list of open data sources for your projects. Together, let’s use Python to make the world a better place.

Paige Bailey

Developer Advocate - Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence (Microsoft)

Museum Hacking: Four Years of Open Source Hackathons at the American Museum of Natural History

In 2014, the American Museum of Natural History established the BridgeUP:STEM educational program for high school girls, underrepresented middle school students, and post-baccalaureate women scientists. An annual overnight hackathon was created by BridgeUP to connect professional developers with museum scientists, researchers, and curators and foster collaboration to find innovative ways to address computational challenges in science, and to engage with the public to show how intrinsic computing is to today's scientific work. From the beginning the AMNH BridgeUP hackathon has created free software for open science; as of 2017, 72 open source projects have been presented at three hackathons, and 109 repositories were created on GitHub to house those projects. The museum further determined that 20 of the 72 projects could become products for further development. Learn more about the unique partnership between one of the world's largest museums and nearly 800 technologists!

Mike Caprio

Innovation Consultant and Innovation Event Producer (Brainewave Consulting)


Hack For Humanity includes an interesting mix of presentation on best practices, emerging techniques recent research.


Our Launch venue is Convene's midtown NYC location at 730 3rd Ave, where we'll be hosting along with other Open Camps events. Tribeca Hub Room, 17th floor. Location will regularly be updated!


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