Hack for the homeless is a way for us students to start making a difference in the world, one hack at a time. We are promoting helping out the homeless by encouraging you to create tools which will help them find jobs, food, shelter, the essentials in life. Santa Clara’s ACM and ACM-W are inviting you to create the next app that will change the lives of the many who live on the streets in the 21st century.

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,625 in prizes

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place (2)

5th Place

6th Place

HTC Best Android Application

1 HTC Phones


Best Windows Phone app:
Nokia Lumia 1020 with a 41 megapixel camera phone for each member

Western Digital

3 Western Digital Passports


3 BlackBerry Q10s

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


You must be a student from either Santa Clara University or San Jose State University. You must be able to attend 100% of the hackathon as well as stay for the awards ceremony.


Participants are asked to create applications which will help either the low class and homeless. We do have an open cateogry where people will be able to create any kind of program. A submission will include details on your hack, a few sentences will do, as well as a website (if you have one).

How to enter

1) Make sure you are signed up at http://acm.engr.scu.edu/hack

2) Create your application

3) Submit your Application to Challenge Post by 5pm 

4) Be present after dinner to show off your applications to the judges



Dew Mobility

Barry M. Pangrle, Ph.D.

Barry M. Pangrle, Ph.D.

Suzette K. Pangrle, Ph.D.

Suzette K. Pangrle, Ph.D.
IEEESCV SIGHT, SCV WiE, Promex Industries

Michael Weber

Michael Weber
onVector Technology, LLC


DeVry University

Daniel Lottis

Daniel Lottis
Western Digital

Jen Padgett

Jen Padgett
Chief Executive Officer ofCTA

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    How hard did you have to work to make this project work?
  • Scalability/Potential
  • Polish
    How nice does it look? How well does it work?
  • Usefulness
    Is this something that people would actually use? If it's tailored towards a specific niche of people, would it actually make a difference in their lives?
  • Ease of Use
    How simple would it be for a homeless person to actually figure out how to use it?

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