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9:00 AM   Kick-off

9:15 AM   Begin coding!

12:00 PM   Lunch

2PM – 10PM Video games (need a break?)

6:00 PM   Dinner and Beer

10:00 PM   Coding ends; present to judges

12:00 AM   Announce winners and prizes!


UPDATE: We're really excited to kick this off on Tuesday. Please bring your re:Invent badge when you arrive. This hackathon for social good is connected to re:Invent and you must be a registered attendee in order to hack! 

Welcome to the AWS NPO Hackathon for Social Good, sponsored by Accenture. This year, we’ve teamed up with Compassion International, GameChanger Charity, Girls Who Code, and Goodwill Industries International to identify specific challenges facing each of the non-profits today. If you’re passionate about applying your coding skills for social good, come join us in Las Vegas to make new friends, learn new skills, and build functioning prototypes to address those challenges. At the end of the hackathon, all teams will present their demos to a panel of judges for a chance to win prizes. In past years, these winning solutions have often been put into production by the non-profits. Open to all AWS skill levels. Please bring your laptop!

How to Form a Team: We will be holding a mixer on Nov. 26, 2018, from 6PM-9PM, at Level Up in the MGM Grand. This will be your time to meet fellow hackers and form your teams over food and drinks. You don't want to miss this - you'll be able to skip the line if you show up to the hackathon with a team already formed! Confirmation of your reserved seat at the NPO Hackathon is required to gain entry.

Where to Go and Hack: The hackathon is on Nov. 27, 2018 at the MGM Grand Studio Ballroom. Doors open at 8AM - come early and eat breakfast. The hackathon challenges are unveiled at 9AM. Meet up with your newly created teams before 9AM to maximize your hack time. Hacking ends and presentations and judging begin at 10PM.

What to Prep: Make sure you've created an AWS Account before you arrive, so you save time. Don't worry, we have you covered with credits for every team member who comes to hack! We've created a Hackathon Quick-Start Guide with tutorials, tools, SDKs, and more to help you get started. Also, be sure to visit the new AWS Developer Center.

Hackathon Sponsors


Grand Prize

Compassion International

GameChanger Charity

Girls Who Code

Goodwill International Industries

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

How to register for the AWS NPO Hackathon for Social Good:

  1. Login here
  2. Click on “Event Catalog”
  3. Search for keyword “HAC03”
  4. Register for "NPO Hackathon for Social Good"


Eric Hammond

Eric Hammond
SVP Tech, Archer Education / AWS Hero

Marcia Villalba

Marcia Villalba
Senior Full-Stack Developer at Rovio / AWS Hero

Tom Soderstrom

Tom Soderstrom
NASA/JPL IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

Amanda Jensen

Amanda Jensen
Cloud Native Development Play Lead

Sean Burke

Sean Burke
Global Strategy & Innovation Lead, Corporate Citizenship

Judging Criteria

  • Social Impact & Value
    Does the product identify and solve a problem that impacts many?
  • Originality
    How unique is the product offering? Is it better than other solutions in this space?
  • Feasibility
    Can the product be launched in the next 12-18 months?
  • Usability
    Is the experience simple and easy to use? Are the expectations of the user clearly articulated and met throughout the interaction?
  • Engagement
    Does the product experience encourage users to re-engage over time (repeatable), or is it just a one-time experience?
  • Go-To-Market Strategy & Promotion
    Did the team present a compelling go-to-market strategy? Was there a promotional plan?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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