Rehack

The first ever collegiate reverse hackathon. Applications open in August 2020.

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY · FALL 2020
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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!

How It Works

Step 1

Ideation

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

Prototyping

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

Presentation

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

Our theme for 2020: Sustainability

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is Rehack going to be held?

For Fall 2020, Rehack will be held virtually this year. Stay tuned for more details!

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!

Contact us with your question! Email us at rehack@princeton.edu or fill in the contact form near the bottom of this site.

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