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October 13th - 14th, 2018
HackDuke: Code for GoodSee Winners
HackDuke is the nation's premier hackathon for tech and social good. We unite students that are passionate about changing the intention and narrative behind how technology is used today to create meaningful hacks in a 24-hour sprint. Come learn, come discuss, and come code for good!
Collaboration, not competition

The core principle behind hacking for social good is collaboration. HackDuke's project tracks provide various avenues for participants to collaborate with each other, with university-supported initiatives, and with local community organizations.

Using tech to further social good

HackDuke is not just about building meaningful projects. It's also an open forum to discuss, share and bring to life ideas that aim to make a positive impact on social issues. Look forward to working with experts from non-profits and coding alongside mentors from tech companies!

Giving back to the community

HackDuke encourages students to venture beyond the classroom. Learn how your skills can be used to make a difference in other people's lives. Tracks enable members to collaborate while providing an alleyway to partnership with peers, local organizations, nonprofits and universities to continue working towards the cause.


HackDuke emphasizes its commitment to social good through four unique project tracks. Tracks enable members to collaborate while providing an alleyway to partnership with peers, local organizations, nonprofits and universities to continue working towards the cause.

Select a track for more info!

The Inequality track targets problems regarding both social and economic inequality. Whether it is creating solutions to bridge the income gap, or finding ways to reduce disparities in gender or race, this track is built on the principle that everyone should have the capacity to reach their full potential.See Projects
The Energy track encompasses a technical perspective to deal with large issues impacting energy use, allocation and environmental regulations. This track has many applications, including machine learning for resource extraction, the use of green energy and enforcing environmental policy.See Projects
The Health track allows hackers to work with various kinds of health related data, as well as connect with mentors from the intersection of health and technology. More than ever, technology today is in a prime position to improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of health care.See Projects
The Education track pairs hackers with educators, reaching out to all levels of subjects and skills. In addition to Education events sponsored by HackDuke, projects aim to increase visibility of technology and to introduce basic skills to the public.See Projects

Saturday, October 13

Sunday, October 14

9:00AM - 10:45AM
Schiciano Atrium
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Opening Ceremony
Reynolds Theatre
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Schiciano Atrium
Hacking Commences
2:00PM - 2:30PM
Team Formation Mixer
Schiciano Lobby
2:00PM - 8:00PM
Frisbee, Football, Volleyball
Harrington Quad
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Intro to Hardware Hacking by August Ning
Hudson 201
2:30PM - 3:30PM
VR Workshop by Mark Steelman
Hudson 232
3:00PM - 3:30PM
Health Track Kickoff with Jason Liu
Hudson 222
3:00PM - 4:30PM
Javascript Workshop by Co-Lab
Hudson 216
3:30PM - 5:00PM
Harrington Quad
4:30PM - 5:30PM
API Workshop by Archana Ahlawat
Hudson 115A
4:45PM - 6:15PM
Mobile Workshop by Co-Lab
Hudson 216
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Schiciano Atrium
8:00PM - 9:00PM
MLH Werewolf
Schiciano Lobby
9:00PM - 10:00PM
Mixer for Female-Identifying and Non-Binary Hackers
Innovation Co-Lab
10:00PM - 11:00PM
Nerf War
Twinnie's 2nd Floor
11:00PM - 11:45PM
Spicy Noodle Challenge
Schiciano Atrium


Yes, but there's a little twist! The grand prizes are donations under your name to charities and causes! There will be grand prize winners for each track, novice track and many other company sponsored API prizes as well.

When? Where?

HackDuke starts Saturday, October 13th at 9:00 AM EST and ends on Sunday, October 14th at 5:30 PM EST. It is hosted on Duke University's West Campus, in and around the Fitzpatrick Engineering Building, Durham, NC 27705.

Who can participate?

You can participate as long as you're a student (undergraduate or graduate)! If you're a new grad, we'd love to have you too.

Who can I work with?

Anyone! Get to know your fellow programmers better from your own and other schools! The only request that we have is that you make a new friend by talking to each other, our mentors and our experts!

Anything I should remember to bring?

Bring your own ethernet cables (or you can just use WiFi) and bring any Nerf gun arsenal you have!

What can I make?

We welcome all software and hardware hacks that align to our tracks for impact. We will also have lab space for hardware hackers.

I want to volunteer or mentor! How can I help?

To help with logistics day of, sign up to volunteer. If you're looking to mentor hackers with tech or track knowledge, come help out as a mentor. Both mentors and volunteers will get a special HackDuke T-shirt! (We are working on setting up the forms.)


Anyone from across the nation is welcome to come! We will be providing buses for certain universities. Travel reimbursements will be provided in case by case scenarios.

How can I become a sponsor?

Email us at sponsorship@hackduke.org.

A big thank you to all of our sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring?

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PalantirCapital OneEpic
Global BankersSciMed SolutionsStickerMule
Zweli'sInnovation Co-LabDuke Computer Science
Fuqua School of BusinessPratt School of EngineeringInformation Initiative at Duke
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