Hacks of Kindness is a full-day, free event centered around giving back to the community organized by UVA's Women in Computer Science organization. It is geared towards UVA undergrads (but everyone is welcome) and is a fantastic opportunity for people of all skill levels (especially first-time hackers!) and majors to gain experience from a supportive and inclusive community! No coding experience necessary! Join us and build everything from websites to apps, and learn about exciting opportunities in the tech industry. We will have guest speakers, industry professionals, workshops on coding, and prizes for the winners! Let's start innovative projects that lead us to a better, kinder future filled with more equality and diversity. 


Visit our website for more information! 

Our Theme

"Making inspiring project that build a better now."

Deadline for submissions

October 3rd, 2020 at 7:00 pm EST


Only teams of registered participants of Hacks of Kindness are eligible. 

Registered participants must be college/university students. WiCS will mail prizes to all winners, but swag will not be shipped to international addresses.


What to include in the submission:

1. Who will this hack impact?

2. How is the project innovative?

3. What frameworks and tools were used to build the project?

4. How can this project extend to make the present and the future a kinder place? 

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$660 in prizes

Best Overall Hack

This hack is for the best idea & implementation that exudes spirit of our event: Hacks of Kindness, and our organization: Women in Computing Sciences (WiCS). Teams with the highest score will be awarded: XP-Pen StarG640 Digital Tablet.

Best UI/UX Design

Up to the judges discretion on which hack group created a project with the best UI/UX design! Teams with the highest score will be awarded: Color LED Bluetooth Speaker

Greatest Community Impact

Build a project that brings positivity to the community and improves it for the better. Highest score from adding up “Impact” and “Viability” categories from Judging Rubric. Teams with the highest score will be awarded: Indoor Smart Garden

Best Beginner Hack (2)

Best hack where at least half of the team are "beginner hackers." "Beginner hackers" are first time hackathon participants or have never taken a computer science class at UVA. Teams with the highest score will be awarded: Google Home Minis.

Best Use of echoVR

echoAR is a cloud platform for augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) that provides tools and server-side infrastructure to help developers & companies quickly build and deploy 3D apps.
All hackathon participates will receive free access to echoAR resources to build an AR/VR app.
Winners will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, 1-month free
Business Tier access to echoAR's platform, and will be featured in their newsletter

Participant's Choice Award

The favorite project among hackers.

Best Gender Equality Hack

Build a project that best empowers women and promotes gender equality. Teams with the highest score will be awarded: Mini Electric Hot Pot.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:



Sandra Gould

Sandra Gould
Software Engineering Associate at Fannie Mae

Helen Lin
Booz Allen Hamilton

Susannah Jones
Software Engineer at Wolfjaw Studios

Cameron Lloyd
Software Engineer at Microsoft

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    Who or what will benefit from this project? We encourage people to contribute back to the communities that they are in and make it better.
  • Innovation
    Get out there and explore new ways to get things done. After all, we want a better, kinder future. Expand your horizons by doing something different rather than stick to what everyone else has done.
  • Technicality
    We want to reward the hackers that demonstrate technical prowess when making their projects because the future needs a strong foundation.
  • Viability
    How feasible is this project? Can it continue into the future far beyond our half-day hackathon?
  • "Wow" factor
    Some projects are just that “wow”. This is up to the discretion of judges to identify projects that amaze people.

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