Connect.. Build and Empower

Connect... Build and Empower organizations to change lives across the world!

At Opportunity Hack, you can network, share ideas and build innovative solutions that enable impact and social innovation! Come with an idea or join a team that will hack solutions for any of the problem statements listed by our partnering nonprofits!

Our Seventh Annual Opportunity Hack is now open for all Bay Area participants starting from Saturday, November 2nd and will be wrapping up on Sunday, November 3rd. We invite all Bay Area employees, local university students, high school students starting from the age of 15 to make this year's OpportunityHack a grand success. Please note that ONLY THE FIRST 200 participants will be accepted.

Check-in will be from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM PST on 2nd of November. 

At 9:00 AM PST, we'll have our opening ceremony followed by a keynote address.  

Then the fun begins!  Our non-profits will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to all the participants.  We'll be moving this along quickly so that we can move into team building.  You can bring a whole team, but if you don't, we're pretty good at facilitating team formation.  This is the part of the program that people tend to be the most nervous about, but it all works out.  We've done it successfully a bunch of times and we'll make sure you get hooked up.

Please note that the pitch session will be at 9:30 am and it will only be non-profits pitching ideas. If you have an idea that you have would like to hack at the event for please see the rules around participant submitted ideas. 

11:30 a.m.  It's time to get your Hack On!  You have from now until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday to build and present a working solution for the project!  We will provide meals and snacks and support around the clock.

2:00 p.m. on Sunday it's time to let the keyboard rest.  You'll want to have your project ready for a 5-minute presentation with some Q&A. It’s going to be Theater Style Presentation to the judges. This will be followed by a Happy Hour and then we wrap up. 

Saturday (11/02)

  • 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Participant and NPO registration
  • 9:00 - 9:30 AM Opening Ceremony & Keynote Address
  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM Nonprofit Project Pitches
  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM Team-Project Assignment
  • 11:30 AM Hackathon Begins
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Mentor Checkin, Devpost submission, Git repo submission, Git repo info, project info, team member info submission by mentors to Opportunity Hack Core Team members 
  • 5:00 PM End Of Day Mentor check-in
  • 5:00 PM How to Pitch session by Maria Mileder
  • 6:00 PM Dinner
  • 9:00 PM Ice cream, Games
  • 12 AM Pizza
  • HACK THROUGH THE NIGHT - Bring whatever you need to sleep comfortably...as long as it's not a bed.

Sunday (11/03)

  • Midnight: Pizza served
  • 7:00 AM Breakfast
  • 10:30 AM Mentors and NPOs show up and gather with their teams
  • 11 AM Mentor Check-in (Final status)
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Theatre-style Presentation
  • 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Judging/deliberation
  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Happy Hour
  • 4:45 PM Closing
  • 5:00 PM Prizathon!!!

Detailed Agenda

Projects

Please keep checking for more here and on SLACK

We will update more information in the coming days. Please check this space later this week for more updates on Keynote Speaker and Judges.

 

View full rules

Eligibility

Participants: Individuals (over 15 years in age)

Please bring your employee badge / Valid ID Card along while coming onsite for the event.

For the rest of the information, See official rules.

Requirements

  1. A team should comprise of 3-5 members.
  2. All members of the team should have registered on DevPost and should be added to the project submission.
  3. Links to GitHub, and video or presentation must be included in project submission.
  4. At least two members of the team should be present in-person to present a demo to the judges.

Judges

Dr. Mobeen Syed

Dr. Mobeen Syed
Founder and CEO Drbeen Corp

Hemal Doshi

Hemal Doshi
Sr. Director, Consumer Engineering

Zoulfia Moret

Zoulfia Moret
Director, Product Management

Kumar Karunakaran

Kumar Karunakaran
VP of Engineering at Cambium Networks

Byju Sukumaran

Byju Sukumaran
Senior Director Of Engineering at Salesforce

Laura Bermudez

Laura Bermudez
Sr. Director Software Development at Carta

Nischitha T.S

Nischitha T.S
Chief Consumer architect

Srinivas Mannava

Srinivas Mannava
Director, Merchant Org

Judging Criteria

  • Common Export/Import Format
    (5pts) How easy is it to export/import the data within your system as a CSV? Common data format (CSV) so that it can be easily exported and imported Why CSV? Single most popular database in the world, ensures portability between other systems
  • Scope of Solution
    (10pts) How big an impact will your solution have on the community? 1. Scale of the problem? 2. Productivity gain? 3. Complexity of problem 4. Has it been done before? 5. Alternative solution? 6. Does it solve the problem?
  • Documentation
    (10pts) Good documentation on how to use and setup their system 1. Is there Instructable-level documentation? 2. Is the product easy to use? Is the UI simple/beautiful? 3. Is it easy to understand/navigate through the product?
  • Polish
    (20pts) 1. How much work is left? 2. Is this a prototype or a working solution? 3. Can NPOs utilize the solution tomorrow? 4. Auto-deploy capability (e.g. one-click deploy from Heroku) 5. Can this solution be used by more than 1 NPO?
  • Simplicity, Maintenance, Security
    (10pts) Will this be simple to implement by NPO with limited technical capabilities. (e.g. heroku) Is there minimal maintenance? Did you consider security to ensure the NPO doesn't have maintenance nightmares?

themes

  • Fintech
  • Social Good