The first ever collegiate reverse hackathon.


Phones, apps, and the web are so indispensable to our daily lives that we've become a captive audience.
Center for Humane Technology

What is a reverse hackathon?

We established the reverse hackathon to encourage dialogue in and support the development of creative solutions that allow for greater and healthier relationships between people and technology.

Using principles in human-computer interaction, humane design, software development, and tech ethics, Rehack urges participants to think deeply about their interactions with technology and redesign consumer tech products in a more meaningful, socially responsible way. No coding experience is necessary!

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2021 Theme: Accessibility & Inclusion


People with disabilities can equally perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with technology and tools. It also means that they can contribute equally without barriers.

Examples of issues: auditory, cognitive, physical, speech, and visual disabilities.


People of diverse backgrounds are ensured equal involvement to the greatest extent possible. In some regions this is also referred to as universal design and design for all.

Examples of issues: economic situation, education, geographic location, culture, and age.

Adapted from the W3C Web Accessibility Iniative. Visit the W3C's website for more information.

How It Works

Step 1


Identify a problem within existing consumer tech—whether it's unintentional bias, an interface flaw, or other areas in need of attention—and start exploring how you can redesign it.

Step 2


Work with design and coding tools to create your proposed solution. Don't have any experience with prototyping/coding tools? Don't worry, we have workshops and mentors to help guide you along the way!

Step 3


Demo your solution to our panel of judges in a format of your choice to get feedback and win prizes!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is Rehack going to be held?

Our Fall 2021 event will be held in a virtual/in-person hybrid format on November 19-20. Applications are now open and due November 12 at 11:59pm!
Due to University policy, only Princeton University students will be allowed to participate in-person.

Schedule Overview:
11/19 6:00pm Opening Ceremony
11/19 6:30pm Figma Workshop
11/19 7:30pm Ideation / Team Formation Workshop
11/19 8:30pm Hacking Begins!
11/20 10:00am Registration / Breakfast
11/20 11:00am Mentor Office Hours Begin
11/20 12:00pm Accessibility & Inclusion Panel
11/20 1:00pm Lunch
11/20 4:30pm Project Submission Deadline!
11/20 5:30pm Project Presentations
11/20 7:00pm Dinner
11/20 8:00pm Closing Ceremony and Awards

Who can apply?

Rehack is here to help students critically examine technology through an interdisciplinary lens while familiarizing themselves with the product development process of consumer software. All students (undergraduate + graduate) of all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply! Unlike a traditional hackathon, being technical is not required to succeed at Rehack.

Can I attend if I'm not a student?

Unfortunately, Rehack is currently only open to undergraduate/graduate students.

What does it cost to attend Rehack?

Rehack itself is completely free!

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