Announcing H4H 2025!

A Hybrid Tech and Policy Hackathon
January 24- Feb 7, 2025.
Zoom kickoff on Friday, January 24.
In-person competition on Friday, February 7.

Registration opens in October! Stay tuned for more details!

Congrats to all the winners of  Hacking4Humanity 2024! 

The hackathon took place virtually from February 9-16, 2024, with all the teams competing in person on February 16 at Duquesne's Power Center. The four winning teams from the competition not only received prizes, but were able to go to Harrisburg to meet the First Lady of Pennsylvania, Lori Shapiro, and present their work in front of leaders of PA's statewide initiatives for digital equity and success. Watch the recording of the hackathon! And see the extensive coverage of the hackathon in local media from DU, CMU, PittWire and the Collaboratory Against Hate


Policy Track Grand Prize Winner: 
Myles Cramer - University of Pittsburgh - Protecting Youth from Hateful Conduct & Sexual Harassment Online

Policy Track Runner Up Prize Winner: 
Rachael Harris – Carnegie Mellon University - Tackling Hate Speech on “X” with Hate Speech

Tech Track Grand Prize Winner: 
Rory McCann, Chase Lahner, Ivan Puri, Holden Gent - University of Pittsburgh - HateBot

Tech Track Runner Up Prize Winner: 
Alex McElravy, Emily Brozeski, and Tessa Datte – Duquesne University - Tone Tagged Commenting

Tech Track Honorable Mention: 
Paul Doherty, Sam Houpt, and Ryan Bloch - University of Pittsburgh - HateBlocker


Chad Heitzenrater, Senior Information Scientist, RAND
Jess Kuntz,
Policy Director for Pitt Cyber, University of Pittsburgh  
Annie Newman,
Director of Digital Strategy, Gov. Josh Shapiro
Ashique KhudaBukhsh,
Assistant Professor at the Golisano College of Computing and
Information Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology


Clarke Bacharach, Independent Consultant
Jay Carroll,
Florence Chee,
Loyola University Chicago
Kevin Hanshaw,
Abi Hunter,
Morgan Gray,
Duquesne University
Daniel Little,
Rachael Miller Neilan,
Duquesne University
Katherine Norton,
Duquesne University
Ehi Nosakhare,
Eric Schulte,
Elise Silva,
University of Pittsburgh
Richard Zhang,


Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law
Pitt Cyber: The Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security
The Center for Informed Democracy and Social-cybersecurity Research Group
The Collaboratory Against Hate Research Group
The Sara Fine Institute

Hacking4Humanity 2023

Download detailed information about the March 2023 Hacking4Humanity competition, including winners, judges, and sponsors.


Hacking4Humanity is a tech and policy hackathon for undergraduate and graduate students, which offers students a new way to engage with real-world social problems that can be improved with novel technical and policy solutions. 
Any undergraduate and graduate student currently enrolled at a college or university in the greater Pittsburgh area can participate! No experience needed!
Students can compete in teams of 1-4 people can compete in either the tech track or the policy track, with multiple CASH prizes available in both tracks! Prizes will be announced closer to the event.
The hackathon has two tracks, tech solutions and policy solutions in which teams addressed challenges under the general topic of online hate. When students register, they pick one of the tracks to compete. Each track has its own set of requirements, guidelines, and judges. Tech teams build or plan new tech, like websites, apps, robots, plugins, etc. Policy teams create and write new policies, either improving on old ones, or coming up with new policy guidelines.
Hybrid means that all the day-to-day work of the hackathon is done separately, and all the teams only come together for the day of competition. There is a kickoff virtual event at the beginning of the hackathon and an in-person competition at the end, with food, door prizes, and lots of fun!
Sign up anyway! Good tech requires people of lots of skills to come together--graphic designers, communicators, writers, scientists, and more. We'll be providing lots of resources to help people develop great projects.