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Hacks 4 Humanity Hackathon kicks off September 20th at ASU

Hacks 4 Humanity Hackathon kicks off September 20th at ASU
Ashley Garcia

Calling all app designers, humanists, and creatives alike – the mission of Hacks 4 Humanity is to create technology solutions and initiatives that will contribute to the social good and address the needs of humanity using the seven principles of ASU Project Humanities “Humanity 101” movement.

Together, the seven Principles of the “Humanity 101” curriculum creates an opportunity to be reconnected with our humanity, using compelling values and technology as a foundation. Hackers will develop cutting-edge technology solutions that will solve complex challenges and allow them to engage and innovate within these seven areas:

FORGIVENESS: What can be created that will allow us to practice and demonstrate forgiveness culturally and personally?

RESPECT: How can we learn to work with and/or engage and help others?

KINDNESS: What can we build to promote and encourage random or intentional acts of kindness?

INTEGRITY: How can we build a platform, community or initiative that maintains integrity? Data privacy?

EMPATHY: How can we reconnect with humanity and empathize with the challenges facing others?

SELF REFLECTION: Can we explore technology that allows us to dig deeper into ourselves and therefore create personal change?

COMPASSION: Can we see the world and others differently? What can we build to address the issues affecting humanity?

Teams at the Hackathon can have between one to five members (ideally including one developer and one designer, but not mandatory). To ensure an equal playing field for all contestants, all code, design, and other assets must be created during the Hackathon. Teams will utilize open data sets collected from non-profit organizations, city initiatives and community needs to build empowering and unique challenges that will inspire the hackers to reimagine their role as a socially responsible innovator.

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Participants will build with open API’s provided by event sponsors and have an opportunity to interact with some of the top tech companies in the nation! Cash and other prizes will be announced soon.

So, gather a team and register for the free event here! The event takes place Saturday, September 20th through Sunday, September 21st at 7 a.m. at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex. 400 E. Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85287.

Images provided by Hacks 4 Humanity