Welcome to Deishacks! To learn more about our non-profit partners and register head to: http://deishacks.com/    
Hosted by the Brandeis MakerLab partnered with the Brandeis International Business School, this year's Deis Hacks is a 48-hour hybrid competition targeted at real-world solutions. This social design challenge focused on pain points from the 12 not-for-profits partners. Instead of having a single hackathon challenge, this event's theme will fuse design thinking, digital fabrication & social impact to work on real-world solutions for non-profit companies. Each hackathon team will choose a design challenge from Waltham's diverse non-profit community they find compelling to focus on. If you're making a real impact, you have a chance to win our $1,000 top prize or six other $500 awards. We offer free food and drinks to all in-person participants. Welcome to #deisHacks    


  Our hacks are identified by 12 local non-profit organizations in which Brandeis students serve as non-voting Board Fellows. A hackathon is typically a technology-focused event, however, we’ve looked beyond computer science enthusiasts, integrating students of all majors, to help serve local non-profit needs. As long as you're a critical thinker and a problem solver, then you can do well in this event. 


  Last year’s winning technical hack was a VR space that provokes sympathy and explains the systemic issues that lead to homelessness. The winning non-technical hack was a specialized media engagement platform, to bridge the gap between the youth and the non-profit. There are a total of 29 hacks that provided real-world implementable solutions to non-profits. 


Hackathon Sponsors


$4,500 in prizes

Best Overall

Best Technical

Best Non-technical

Best Marketing

Highest Organizational Impact

Hidden Gem

Best Use of Emerging Technology

Best Use of Emerging Technology

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Venus Blonde

Venus Blonde

Kala Campbell

Kala Campbell

Emily McGovern

Emily McGovern

Maddison Sowards

Maddison Sowards

Joshua Wright-Huynh

Joshua Wright-Huynh

Kirby Kochanowski

Kirby Kochanowski
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes
Mass Technology Leadership Council

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Functionality
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Is the minimum viable product well-designed?
  • Impact
    How big of an impact does it have on the non-profit? Does it solve any of the pain points?
  • Potential to be Implemented
    Does the hack have the potential to be implemented in the future? Can it be something people would actually use?
  • Presentation
    How well was the project presented? How well do the slides help presenters deliver their ideas?

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