Hack for Impact 2024 connects a community of












to tackle social challenges



At Hack for Impact, you will join over
300+ hackers
at UC Berkeley to innovate for social good.

Our Vision

To solve the most pressing challenges of our world, we will need the best and the brightest minds to work collaboratively on creative, ethical, and technical solutions that will propel humanity forward. Our audience is anyone, anywhere, who believes that technology can solve hard problems, grow prosperity, and expand human possibilities.

The Mission

Hack for Impact 2024 is a 1-day hackathon co-hosted by Blueprint and Cal Hacks at UC Berkeley. The event’s mission is two-fold:

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To empower student hackers to develop creative solutions for relevant social causes and collaborate with non-profit organizations on ethical innovation with tangible community impact.

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To educate students via a series of workshops and speaker panels to learn about professional opportunities in social good, as well as emerging technologies and their ethical aspects.


1 day, but countless possibilities

From workshops to speaker events, we are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment where hackers of all experience levels feel empowered to build something they’re proud of

8:00 - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 - 9:30 am Welcome Note by Olaf Groth @ Pauley Ballroom
9:30 am Hacking Begins
9:30 - 10:00 am Team Mixer (optional) @ West Pauley Patio
10:00 - 10:45 am Use of AI & LLMs in Search and Recommendation Applications by Vespa @ Stephens Lounge
11:00 - 11:45 am Introduction to React by Cubstart @ Stephens Lounge
12:00 - 12:45 pm Prototyping & Iterative Design by Ryan MacCarrigan @ Stephens Lounge
1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 - 3:00 pm Wireframing with Figma by Figma Decal @ Stephens Lounge
3:00 - 4:00 pm Deep Learning for Visual Data x Social Good by ML@B @ Stephens Lounge
4:00 - 5:00 pm My Creative Pivot: Product Design to Giving a Voice to the Users by Tovah Cook @ Stephens Lounge
5:00 - 6:00 pm Women in Tech Mixer @ Stephens Lounge
6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm Hacking Ends
7:00 - 8:00 pm Judging + Hackathon Expo @ Pauley Ballroom
8:00 - 8:30 pm Closing Keynote by Tovah Cook @ Pauley Ballroom
8:30 - 9:00 pm Prizes + Closing Remarks @ Pauley Ballroom


We’re a hackathon with social good at its heart.

Our nonprofits have presented several problem areas and projects to tackle their most pressing needs. Here are the incredible organizations that we’ve partnered with:

The Hack Foundation

Giving nonprofits the financial tools they need to make an impact and maintain transparent finances.

1951 Coffee

Promoting the well-being of the refugee community in the U.S. through job training and employment

The Dancing Cat

Animal rescue organization dedicated to saving at-risk cats from the San Jose Animal Care Center

Friends of Hoover Durant Public Library

To bring a public library branch back to neighborhoods in West Oakland, California.


Empower diverse students to design for social good by offering inclusive tech access, design opportunities, and equipping job seekers with professional resources.

QueerLife Space

Provides affordable, evidence-based mental health services to the LGBTQIA+ community in the Bay Area.

ARTZ Philadelphia

Enhance well-being of people living with dementia and their care partners through joyful interactions around arts and culture.


A round of applause for our sponsors, who make all of this possible.

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Frequently asked questions – we've got the answers

What is Hack for Impact?

Hack for Impact is a 1-day hackathon, where students will creatively collaborate with non-profit organizations on social causes, and attend a series of workshops and speaker panels to learn more about emerging tech in the social impact space.

Who will attend?
Do I have to be in person?
How many people are on a team?
How will team matching work?
Is there an event schedule?
What will I build?

You can build ANYTHING —a website, mobile app, you name it. It’s recommended that you build something that addresses a problem statement of one of our non-profit partners to be eligible for certain prizes. However, you’re welcome to build anything with a social good focus. The goal is for you to learn and have fun!

Do I have to register to just attend speaker panels/workshops?
What should I bring?
How will we recieve updates during the event?
Are meals included?
Is the venue accessible to public transportation?


Any other questions?

We are here to help you! Please check the FAQ first; If your question is not already answered, you can reach us at .

Please email if you need a particular accommodation. Note that requests made less than 24 hours before the event will likely not be accommodated.