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Santa Clara University Hosts Hack for Humanity to Help Underserved Populations

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Santa Clara University students hack away at designing apps for underserved populations during Hack for Humanity.
Santa Clara University students hack away at designing apps for underserved populations during Hack for Humanity.
Santa Clara University students hack away at designing apps for underserved populations during Hack for Humanity.

Santa Clara University hosted its third annual social good hackathon, Hack for Humanity, on February 27 and 28, with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County as the beneficiary of the student designed apps. The event was organized by SCU’s Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) chapter, with support by the School of Engineering and the Frugal Innovation Hub.

“Hack for Humanity was a tremendous success,” said Silvia Figueira, Associate Professor at the SCU Computer Engineering Department and Director of the Frugal Innovation Lab. “The students spent 24 hours developing their apps. Sixty-six students started Saturday morning, 37 students finished Sunday morning, and 11 projects were submitted. We are already excited to do this again next year!”

The winning app was BetterMe, an integrated, innovative app that leverages smart artificial intelligence, social media, and education to combat addiction. The team was inspired to empower individuals struggling with addiction, so that they may reclaim the lost parts of their lives. The app sets goals for the user on their way to sobriety, giving them access to resources and a social media platform where they can talk to people in similar situations.

The code written by the teams is donated to a non-profit organization that helps underserved populations. Apps were developed for Catholic Charities and VillageTech Solutions, an organization that designs technology solutions for people in developing countries.

The winners were: 1st place – BetterMe, 2nd place – DropZone, and 3rd place – DonateMe.

To learn more about all the apps and the student coders behind them, visit http://bit.ly/hack_for_humanity.