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.
$4,000 in prizes
Highest Organizational Impact
Best Use of Emerging Technology
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Mass Technology Leadership Council
Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Is the minimum viable product well-designed?
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?
How well was the project presented? How well do the slides help presenters deliver their ideas?