Building meaningful projects. Discuss, share and bring to life ideas that aim to make a positive impact on social issues.

HackDuke is a hackathon held at Duke University, and is the largest collegiate hackathon addressing social good.

Students will work closely with non-profits and development organizations as well as the top tech companies to create projects in four impact zones:

  1. Poverty & Inequality
  2. Health & Wellness
  3. Energy & Environment
  4. Education

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  • Max team size is 4.
  • All code for the project must be written on site and day of.
  • If you are competing for the Novice prize, the majority of your teammates must be first time hackers or new to CS.
  • You may bring your own hardware, but we will also be providing hardware for hackers to borrow.


  • You may only submit to one Grand Prize Track. If your project falls under multiple tracks, choose the track that fits your project most closely.
  • Code must be submitted to Github.

How to enter

  • All participants must submit their hacks onto ChallengePost by Sunday, November 16th 2014 at noon.




Judging Criteria

  • TBC
  • Problem
    Understanding of the community the hack is aimed at, Understanding of the problem attempting to be solved, Extent to which the problem is solved or mediated
  • Technical
    Technical ingenuity and ambition, Project difficulty
  • Viability
    Ability for the hack to be utilized in the real world, Long term usefulness of the hack