Hack to change the world

Cambridge, MA ▪ Cambridge Innovation Center ▪ February 15th, 2014

ID Hack is the largest collegiate hackathon for good.

Organized by the Harvard Developers for Development and the MIT Global Poverty Initiative, the International Development Hackathon (ID Hack) brings together hackers, technology enthusiasts and organizations working in international developement to create impact with technology.

Where is ID Hack?

This year ID Hack will be at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) (link)

1 Broadway, 5th floor, Cambridge, MA

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When is ID Hack?

ID Hack begins on February 15th, 2014 at 5PM and ending at 5PM the next day. The day includes networking, hacking, and workshops.

See Schedule

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.

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Projects at ID Hack

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.

View project proposals

Excited to see who's pitching at the 2014 hackathon or want to find a project to work on at the hackathon? Check out or selected project proposals below:

View projects View full pitches

APIs and Platforms

ID Hack also encourages companies and organizations to submit APIs and platforms for ID Hack. If your company would like to promote an API or platform, contact us at contact us at directors.idhack@gmail.com. We are excited to offer participants at ID Hack benefits from both Dropbox and Twilio during the hackathon.

Event Schedule

ID Hack is a 24-event that begins on February 15th at 5PM. Hacking and workshops will begin after project presentations and will continue thorugh the evening. The second day will include project presentations, a networking session and an awards ceremony. The planned schedule for the event is as follows:

Time Description
5:00PM Doors open for check in; dinner
6:00PM Opening remarks
6:30PM Project pitches
7:00PM Project and group selection; begin hacking!
12:00AM Midnight snack
3:00AM Another late-night snack
6:00AM Fresh coffee
8:00AM Breakfast
11:30AM Lunch
2:00PM Deadline for project submission (code/link/etc)
2:00PM-4:00PM Networking session with sponsors
2:30PM Tech checks for presentations
3:00PM-4:00PM Project presentations
4:00PM-4:30PM Sponsor reception and Judge deliberations
5:00PM Awards ceremony and informal networking

Sponsors at ID Hack

The hackathon is made possible by sponsors who generously contribute to cover the food, facilites costs, and prizes of ID Hack. Many of these sponsors will send reprsentatives to network with hackers and judge projects as well.

Confirmed Sponsors at ID Hack 2014

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

McKinsey & Company

Bronze Sponsors

Bridgewater Associates
Food Should Taste Good


Projects at ID Hack will be judged based on the four criteria of sustainability, innovation, impact, and design. In addition, all winners will also receive 50GB of Dropbox credit.

View judge bios

The top projects will be awarded as follows:

Grand Prize$1000Awarded to the best overall project. Also includes the opportunity to work with Dorm Room Fund and VenturePact.
J.P. Morgan Sponsor Prize$500Awarded by J.P. Morgan based on the four criteria established.
Intuit Sponsor Prize$500Awarded by Intuit based on the four criteria established.
Beginner Prize$300Awarded to be best website created for development by non-technical attendees who attend our training workshop.