MLH Official - Spring 2016

Hack to change the world

Medford, MA ▪ Tufts Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) ▪ February 12-13, 2016

Organized by Harvard Developers for Development, MIT Global Poverty Initiative, Tufts Entrepreneurs Society, and Tufts Empower, the 4th annual International Development Hackathon (IDHack) will bring together hackers, technology enthusiasts, and organizations working in international development to create impact with technology.

Where is IDHack?

The hackathon with be held at the Tufts Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC).

574 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155

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Lyft promo code: IDHACK16 for a free ride up to $20!

Directions: Take the FREE Tufts shuttle in front of J.P. Licks (Ice Cream Shop). You can check the schedule of the shuttle here:

From Davis Square, drop off at the Tufts Lower Campus Center spot.

Then walk, 5-10 minutes along the red dotted line to 574 Boston Avenue.


Alternatively, you can also take bus 94, 96 or 89. It is another 5 minutes walk from the nearest bus stops. Google Maps is your friend.

When is IDHack?

This 24-hour hackathon begins Friday, February 12, 2016, 5pm and ends February 13, 2016, 5pm. The day includes networking, hacking, and workshops.

See Tentative Schedule

Who can sign up?

Calling all programmers, designers, problem solvers, and anyone with an interest in both technology and international development! Participants from all technical backgrounds are welcome and there is no entrance fee for the event. Workshops will be held for both beginners and the more advanced! There will also be mentors present throughout the hackathon.

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

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Projects at IDHack 2016

The International Development Hackathon solicits projects from NGOs, nonprofits, and government organizations operating in the international development and social impact space, and teams of hackers (including programmers, designers, and anyone else with an interest in social impact) work together to develop creative solutions to the problems pitched at IDHack. All participants are also 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!

Project proposals

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APIs and Platforms

IDHack 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

Event Schedule

Time Description
5:30PM Door open for check in
5:30PM-6:30PM Networking session with sponsors
6:30-7:30PM Project pitches
7:30PM Dinner + project and group selection
8:00PM Begin hacking!
8:30-9:30PM Beginner's Workshop on Python
11:00PM-12:00AM Data Science Workshop (Tufts Enigma)
12:00AM Midnight snack
1:00AM Intro to Hacking with Bitcoin Workshop (Blockchain)
7:00AM Breakfast + coffee
12:00PM Lunch
1:30PM Deadline for project submission (code/link/etc) via devpost
2:00PM-3:00PM Projects fair + preliminary judging
3:00PM Top presentations + Closing ceremony

2016 Sponsors

Platinum Partner


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

JP Morgan
Harvard SEAS.

Bronze Sponsors


In partnership with

Judging and Prizes

Projects at ID Hack will be judged by experts at Harvard, MIT, and Tufts with experience in computer science and/or international development.

Judging Criteria

Sustainability Is the project sustainable within the unique contexts of the community it is aiming to impact? Does your project consider the complexities of that community's culture, societal structures, traditions, and challenges?
InnovationIs the project solution creatively and effectively address the project problem?
ImpactHow does the project make social impact?
DesignIs the project well-thought out and designed? Could the project work well within the complexities and constrains of developing in an international context?
View judge bios

Overall awards:

Grand Prize $1000 + tabletsAwarded to the best overall project.
Second$500Awarded to the second best overall project.
Third$250Awarded to the third best overall project.

Special Awards:

Qualcomm Platinum Partner Prize (2)Qualcomm DragonBoardsAwarded by Qualcomm to best projects for their pitch.
Best project design$200Awarded to project with the most thoughtful design, taking into account the complexities of innovating within the context of international development.
Beginner Prize (MIT SWE)$200Awarded to best project by beginners who attend our training workshop.
Best use of AWS (MLH)Dell 1TB hard drivesAwarded to best project using Amazon Web Services.
Best / funniest domain name (MLH)Swag bags with ArduinosAwarded to best / funniest domain name from