Hack to change the world

Medford, MA ▪ Tufts Fletcher School and Olin Center ▪ February 13-14, 2015

Co-hosted by TripAdvisor

Organized by Harvard Developers for Development, MIT Global Poverty Initiative, Tufts Entrepreneurs Society, and Tufts Empower, the 3rd annual International Development Hackathon (ID Hack) will bring together hackers, technology enthusiasts, and organizations working in international development to create impact with technology.

Where is IDHack?

ID Hack is excited to be collaborating with Tufts University for the first time this year! The hackathon with be held at the Tufts Fletcher School and Olin Center.

160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

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Directions: Take the Red Line to Davis Square. In front of the T station, take the Tufts Davis Square Shuttle to the Olin Center.

Friday Schedule
Saturday Schedule

We are unable to provide travel reimbursements, but use the Lyft promo code "IDHACK" for a $20 credit!

When is IDHack?

This 24-hour hackathon begins February 13, 2015, 4pm and ends February 14, 2015, 4pm. The day includes networking, hacking, and workshops.

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What do you need to sign up?

Interest in technology in international development (that's it!). Participants from all technical backgrounds are welcome and there is no entrance fee for the event.

Only current students can attend the event, including college students, grad students, etc.

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Projects at IDHack

The International Development Hackathon solicits projects from NGOs, nonprofits, and government organizations operating in the international development space as the basis for projects during the hackathon. All participants are welcome to work on their own project, but are encouraged to take advantage of the expertise of people in the organizations presenting.
Multiple teams can work on each project, and teams should be at most 5 people. We encourage you to meet and work with people from other schools!

View project proposals

Preview and join projects you might be interested in on Sparkboard and see who else is interested! (You must register on EventBrite first.) A PDF summary of projects is also available.

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APIs and Platforms

Twilio, Socrata, and Blockchain will be offering APIs for hackers, and Major League Hacking will be bringing a hardware lab.

Event Schedule

Time Description
4:00PM Doors open for check in
4:00PM-5:30PM Networking session with sponsors (sponsored by MIT Society of Women Engineers)
5:30PM Opening remarks + Keynote by Asad Badruddin (Co-founder of Pakathon)
6:00PM Project pitches
7:00PM Dinner + project and group selection
7:30PM Begin hacking!
8:30-9:30PM Beginner's Workshop on basic webdev (HTML/CSS/JavaScript)
9:30-10:30PM DropWizard Workshop with Ryan Hurley, Engineer at TripAdvisor
10:00-11:00PM Hardware Workshop: “If You Build It, They Will Come” with Spencer Williams, Qualcomm Senior Engineer
1:00AM Backbone.js Workshop
8:00AM Breakfast + coffee
12:00PM Lunch
12:00PM Deadline for project submission (code/link/etc)
12:00PM-2:00PM Projects fair + preliminary judging
2:00PM Top 10 presentations + Closing ceremony


Platinum Partner


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

JP Morgan
Goldman Sachs
EDC, Inc.
Harvard SEAS.

Bronze Sponsors

Vecna Cares
Thalmic Labs

In partnership with

Major League Hacking


Projects at ID Hack will be judged based on the four criteria of sustainability, innovation, impact, and design.

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Overall awards:

Grand Prize $2500Awarded to the best overall project.

Special Sponsor Awards:

TripAdvisor Platinum Partner PrizeiPad tabletsAwarded by TripAdvisor.
Best Use of Data (Socrata)$500Awarded by Socrata to team with best use of data.
Best Wireless Reach Project (Qualcomm) EVA version VR kit with NFCAwarded by Qualcomm to each member of team with best Wireless Reach project.
People's Choice Award (Intuit) $500Awarded by Intuit and selected by hackers based on voting on ChallengePost.
Best Communication App (Twilio) $300Awarded by Twilio to best communication app, Twilio use encouraged but not required.
Beginner Prize (MIT SWE)$300Awarded to best website created for development by non-technical attendees who attend our training workshop.

Raffle prizes include Bluetooth speakers, a Myo armband, Dell Venue 8 tablets, and more! Besides raffle prizes, all hackers get to try out exciting new hardware like Oculus Rift!