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!

This year, Rehack and the Princeton Student Climate Initiative are collaborating to organize the first-ever virtual reverse hackathon on climate action. Project tracks include consumerism, transportation, food, and education.

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 a design tool or code to prototype your proposed solution. Don't have any experience with prototyping tools? Don't worry, we have workshops and mentors to help guide you along the way!

Step 3


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

Climate Action Tracks





2020 Keynote Speaker

Dimitri Kusnezov,
U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Kusnezov is a theoretical physicist working at the U.S Department of Energy. He has served in numerous positions, most recently as the Deputy Under Secretary for Artificial Intelligence & Technology at DOE where he led the efforts to drive AI innovation and bring it into DOE mission, business and operations, including creating a new AI Office. Dr. Kusnezov received A.B. degrees in Physics and in Pure Mathematics with highest honors from UC Berkeley. Following a year of research at the Institut fur Kernphysik, KFA-Julich, in Germany, he attended Princeton University earning his MS in Physics and Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. At Michigan State University, he conducted postdoctoral research and then became an Instructor. He joined the faculty of Yale University as an assistant professor in theoretical physics, becoming an associate professor and has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities around the world. Dr. Kusnezov has published over 100 articles and edited 2 books. After more than a decade at Yale, he left academia to pursue federal service at the DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and became a member of the Senior Executive Service.

He has served in multiple positions within the DOE and NNSA, including Chief Scientist, CIO, Director of Advanced Simulation and Computing for the nuclear weapons program and the Director of the multi-billion dollar National Security Science, Technology and Engineering programs. He was also nominated by the President to serve in the NNSA and voted through the Senate Armed Services Committee. During his tenure he has created numerous programs, including the Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program, and delivered major milestones such as delivering the DOE’s 10-year grand challenge for a 100 Teraflop supercomputer, the novel Blue Gene supercomputer architecture family, and the first petaflop supercomputer that was also a hybrid system with graphics accelerators, among others. Today he is focused on advancing artificial intelligence and emerging technologies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is Rehack going to be held?

Rehack will be held virtually on November 6-7. Applications are out now and and are due October 31.

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 students.

What does it cost to attend Rehack?

Rehack itself is completely free!

I don't have an idea or team. What do I do?

Don't worry, we'll have a team formation session and an ideation session to kick off the event. We'll also have workshops throughout the event to provide you with guidance and mentorship as you come up with solutions! In addition, registration will act as a mingle session and our Slack (the main communication platform during the event) will also have channels for introductions, team formations, and meeting new friends!

I have a question that's not answered here!

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Schedule (Eastern Time)

Friday (11/6/2020)

  • 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm → Opening Ceremony + Keynote
  • 08:30 pm - 09:30 pm → Ideation Workshop
  • 09:30 pm - 10:30 pm → Figma Workshop
  • 10:30 pm - 12:00 am → Networking Sessions

Saturday (11/7/2020)

  • 09:00 am → Rehacking begins!
  • 10:00 am - 04:00 pm → Mentor Office Hours + Workshops
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am → Rubicon Workshop
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm → Goodr Workshop
  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm → 1517 Workshop
  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm → Climate Panel
  • 04:00 pm → Project Submission Deadline
  • 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm → Project Presentations
  • 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm → Judging Deliberations
  • 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm → Closing Ceremony


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