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Civic & social good hackathons facilitate people working together for a cause or a change. Developers, volunteers, entrepreneurs or tech enthusiasts are challenged to identify solutions while connecting with others and contributing to civic innovation.

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Hackathon Co-Afina

Hackathon Co-Afina

Latin America

a hackathon (now in its second edition) in which teams work collaboratively from different Latin American countries to find creative solutions to problems posed by civil society in the first phase of the event. More than 20 areas of knowledge dialogued collaboratively to solve challenges in Science and Education during #CoAfina.

Demhack - хакатон в области цифровых прав

Онлайн-хакатон для специалистов в области IT, анализа данных, кибербезопасности, дизайнеров, цифровых художников, исследователей, интернет-активистов и журналистов. Главные темы хакатона - приватность и свобода интернета. Хакатон проходит два раза в год.


OSLabs is a nonprofit tech accelerator devoted to furthering high-impact open source software within a collaborative community of dedicated engineers and mentors.

Immigrant Heritage Month hackathon


This past weekend, the first ever Immigrant Heritage Month Hackathon took place in NYC. Hackers of all levels broke into four teams and worked together to build tools, apps, and platforms to help make New York a more welcoming City for immigrants to live, work, and play. The first night, participants heard from Kavita Pawria-Sanchez, the Assistant Commissioner at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs as well as panelists Monica Sibri, Murad Awawdeh, Arka Bala, and Matt Burnett. They spoke about the present day immigrant experience in New York, and the different opportunities and challenges they face. The mentors also offered some words of advice before the competition began, in addition to the team counseling they would provide on the second day. Below is a recap of the projects and the competition results:


Team Alchemy, which includes Nelson Igunma, Zong Yuangan, Carolyn Yao, Alex Choulos, and Dhruv Sarin, presented their product Q? NYC, an SMS texting based platform that would give immigrant users access to the info they need to live life in a new place. Team Q identified limited access to information as one of the most pressing problems immigrants face, noting that 57% of foreign born latinos lack access to the internet. Their solution was to create a texting platform where new immigrants could send questions via text to #twilio. The text would be sent to a server node and then the user would receive a text back with the answer. Users could ask things about different government services, libraries, job opportunities and other information. Their marketing strategy was to initially target the hispanic community through community centers and then expand based on the number of users.

A Warm Welcome

The creators of A Warm Welcome, Dan Sicular, Amir Khan, and Katie Wong, saw homesickness as a major problem for immigrants. Their solution was to create an app that would use heat mapping technology in order for users to identify places where they could eat familiar food, places of worship, and community centers for their distinct communities. The heat maps, accessible through a user friendly website that used more images than words, would show the density of restaurants, cultural events, etc. by country of origin. In terms of revenue, the team hoped that the restaurants would eventually buy targeted advertising on the site to have their restaurants featured. The judges also noted that this site might be useful for other populations besides the immigrant population, such as tourists or those in the city looking to experience a different culture.

Transition for Immigrant Life

Iain, Jennifer, Sang Min, Sae-Young, Sunny, Viktor worked together to create TIL, a forum based website for immigrants with an emphasis on trustworthiness. They wanted to address the problem of finding and aggregating disparate information, and presented TIL as a solution. By using TIL, a student could use the site to find all the information they need about attending college in one place--relevant documents, financial aid facts, if they were legally qualified, and different processes they might have to undergo. Fundamental to their idea was the element of trustworthiness they hoped to create by having the site be foreign based, and essentially create a social network for immigrants so they could connect with people that have experienced similar situations. The feedback for the second place winner was that while their revenue model relied heavily on non-profits, they will want to look into other sources of funding. As the second runner up, the TIL team will get a chance to pitch to the NY Tech Meetup for the chance to present at the meetup.

4D Dream - Winner

The 4D Dream Team which included Marianne Dologuin, Niels Bantilan, Osvaldo Rodriguez, Manuel Ruiz, Arthur Godiva and Jea Yoon Lee, came together to create busca.ny, a recommendation based discovery app designed to help streamline the search process for much needed information. 4D Dream identified the problem of underutilized resources as a result of users being burdened by confusing and scattered information. Users of their site or mobile app would be able to choose their language then ask a series of questions to ensure the information they received would be relevant to them. The site would basically consolidate information from different government sites onto one page. It would use as well as coalition resources to ensure accurate, up-to-date while making sure it was at maximum accessibility. Their revenue would be largely generated by targeted advertisements, as well as through the data they would collect through the questionnaire portion of their process. The judges encouraged them to continue to build on their vision of their services as a kind of concierge service for the needs of immigrants new to the city. The 4D dreamers will receive a one month coworking space as well as consulting services so they can continue to improve on and grow their 4D Dream.

The Coronavirus Hackathon (April 18-19)

We will use the hackathon concept to come up with new products, business models, policy and campaigns by encouraging cross-pollination of ideas.

EU Datathon

EU Datathon

Brussels, Belgium

event aiming to further stimulate the use of open data issued by the European Union

DataKind Data Dives

Whether we’re finding the most efficient way to deliver food aid, streamlining the process for benefits access, or simply finding ways to serve more people with fewer resources, the DataKind Community is ready to find data-driven solutions, and build data maturity along the way.

ATX political hackathon

Our goal is to enable progressive candidates to win elected office. We’ll come up with creative solutions to overcome common problems faced by candidates, campaigns, community organizers, and voters.

Apps for Ghent

Apps for Ghent

Ghent, Belgium

Welkom op Apps For Ghent, de site voor de Gentse Open Data community

Police Rewired

Police Rewired

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

An open, civic tech community in public safety and crime.

National Day of Civic Hacking

On August 11th, 2018, join the Code for America Brigades as we host a nationwide day of action. Hackathon Hackathon

Eaton Hotel Hong Kong, Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

The purpose is to solve social problems through technology and promote social progress in the form of projects

g0v Presidential Hackathon

g0v Presidential Hackathon

Taipei City, Taiwan

Presidential Hackathon is an initiative designed for the Taiwanese government to demonstrate its emphasis on open-source data, data utilization, and practice innovation to address the needs of the country in social innovations

Ethiopia Hacks!

Ethiopia Hacks!

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Each hackathon will challenge young tech developers to identify prototype solutions to challenges in Ethiopia.

Code Switch

Code Switch is a free, two-day civic hackathon in which community members, designers, project managers, programmers, and people who just want to learn, collaborate intensively on projects that change our community.

European Hub for Civic Engagement

The European Hub for Civic Engagement is envisioned as a platform where European civil society and its civic tech community connect.

NYC Planning Data Jam at 2017 American Planning Conference

Event Summary On May 8th, fifty urban planners, data scientists, and civic hackers came together for the Department of City Planning’s first data jam! For the day, participants improved NYC’s most comprehensive dataset of facilities. This facilities database is produced by the NYC Department of City Planning and is used to shape NYC’s neighborhoods. It

Code for Philly Launchpad

Our Launchpad is a month-long, hackathon-inspired event that facilitates citizen volunteers working together on civic-focused, open source projects.

Hack Fostercare

Hack Foster Care is a cross-sector movement to better leverage technology to improve the US Child Welfare System and the lives of foster youth.

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