Tech4Good Hackathon

Weekend of March 4-5, 2017
San Francisco

Every day the world gives us more social and economical challenges to defeat. Some are brand new to us and some have been building up over a stretch of time. Whether it be in the past, present, or future, startups focused on social impact are disrupting the way that global challenges are being addressed.
The possibilities around making an impact with code are endless. How can you leverage new technologies to solve fundamental, global challenges and make a difference in the lives of people all over the world?
The solution will be up to you during USF’s Tech4Good Hackathon. Over the span of two days, this hackathon will bring together undergraduates, Masters candidates, and Alumni of USF with the tech community to create good in our ever-changing world. With tons of fun prizes including the HACKcelerator, it’s time to show how you can make an impact in one or more of the following global barriers: Refugees, Environment, Health, Education, Water, Homelessness.
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: March 4-5, 2017
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Attendees at the USF Tech4Good Hackathon will be asked to leverage new technologies to combat global issues. Hackers will be asked to think about global challenges such as clean water, refugees, health, education, homelessness, and the environment- with the goal of creating a project that will impact our world in a positive way.

2017 Prizes

Grand Prize:
  • Entry in to AngelHack’s HACKcelerator 2017 cohort, to continue building your project alongside 50 startups from across the globe, with the chance to pitch at Global Demo Day in San Francisco
  • VIP tickets for Upcoming USF Speaker Event:
    • Steve Wozniak –  April 19th


    • Andrew Gordon – Pixar Animation Studios re: “The Storytelling Process” – March 22nd
2nd Place Prize:
  • Sponsorship to purchase tickets to a conference of your choice, up to $3,000 in value per Team (travel not included, reimbursement in 2017):

Examples Include:

    • HustleCon
    • SOCAP
    • TechCrunch Disrupt
    • SXSW
    • Social Innovation Summit
  • VIP tickets for Upcoming USF Speaker Event:
    • Steve Wozniak –  April 19th


Andrew Gordon – Pixar Animation Studios re: “The Storytelling Process” – March 22nd

2017 Schedule

Wednesday, March 1

  • 6:30-8:30 pm Pre-USF Hackathon Virtual Session via WebEx

Saturday, March 4

  • 9:00am Doors Open & Breakfast
  • 10:30 am Opening Ceremony & Presentations
  • 11:30am Coding Begins
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Breakout Sessions for Technology Partners
  • 6:00 pm Dinner
  • 8:00 pm Pitch Workshop
  • 9:30 pm Announcements / Pack up
  • 10:00 pm Doors Close

Sunday, March 5th

  • 7:00 am Breakfast
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Submission Deadline
  • 2:00pm Judging Begins
  • 3:30 pm Judge Deliberation
  • 4:00pm Awards
  • 4:30 pm Closing


  • Teams of up to 7 participants are allowed. All team members must have completed the participation agreement to compete.
  • We all start coding at the same time. This is done to keep things fair. Please don’t come in and build on top of previous projects if you want to win.
  • You must demo your hack in order to present. No slide-decks or power-points will be allowed. 2 minute presentation 1 minute Q&A from Judges.
  • Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish.
  • Each hackathon has its individual page, which projects should be submitted on. Submission time is 1pm Sunday.
  • Winning teams may be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning.
Judging Criteria:

All judging will be done on Scores are out of 20 points for the following criteria:

  • Execution: How well put together was the project and the demo that was shown? Does it solve a genuine consumer problem? (5 Points)
  • Impact: Is the solution commercially viable?  Does it have the potential to scale? (5 Points)
  • Creativity: How out of the box was the solution? (5 Points)
  • Design: How well designed, including UX, UI and user flow, was the solution? (5 Points)


Angie Krackeler

Angie Krackeler

Manager, Worldwide Startups & Developer Advocate Technical Engagement at IBM

As IBM manager in Silicon Valley, Angie's specialities include helping startups connect to incubators and VCs, evangelizing cognitive computing, blockchain, IoT, cloud technologies to developers, startups, and academia. She is currently a member of the Foster City Chamber of Commerce in addition to her positions as Worldwide Developer and Entrepreneur Technical Enablement Advocate and Manager of the North America Cloud Evangelist Team at IBM.

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