The inaugural student reverse hackathon

Princeton University · Fall 2020

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


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!

Choose a focus from our 4 streams

Consumer Media

Examples: Netflix, Spotify, Hulu

Social Networks

Examples: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Productivity Tools

Examples: G-Suite, Slack, Streak

Sharing Economy

Examples: Uber, Airbnb, Lime

Our 2019 theme: social interactions

Technology is often blamed for the decline in the amount and quality of social interactions. How do we create technology that makes our interactions with others more productive and meaningful? How can we combat depression, loneliness, and inauthenticity many experience when using technology? How can we leverage an interdisciplinary dialogue from students of diverse backgrounds and skillsets to solve these problems?

We had some fantastic projects and discussions with this theme in 2019. Stay tuned for our theme for Rehack 2020!

Rehack 2019's keynote speaker

Sri Jalasutram, Uber Design

Sri Jalasutram leads the inclusive design & accessibility practice within Uber’s design team. He recently lead UX design for Uber's next billion users in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and India. Uber Lite & Requesting a ride for a loved one are some of the features that he helped create.

In the past, Sri's led product design teams at Jawbone & GE and invented digital experiences for Gucci, Dolby, Zepp & Microsoft, among others. Learn more about him at

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is Rehack going to be held?

Rehack will take place Fall 2020 in the Friend Center for Engineering Education at Princeton University (65 Olden St, Princeton, NJ 08540). You can find travel directions at

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 only open to students. However, feel free to come out towards the end of the event to see the finished projects, and if you would like to be a mentor, please contact us via the form near the bottom of this site. We thank you for your interest and hope that we can accommodate you in the future!

What does it cost to attend Rehack?

Rehack itself is completely free! We provide WiFi, food swag, and workplaces :) We will also try our best to provide travel reimbursements for participants coming from other schools.

When should I plan to arrive at the venue?

Rehack will last one full Saturday. You should arrive by 10:00 am on the day of the event, but registration will begin at 9:00 am and our welcome session will start at 10:00 am, so you should try to get to Princeton as soon as you can on Saturday morning.

What will I need to bring?

- Student ID (to check in)
- Laptop
- Phone
- Chargers (laptop, phone, etc.)
- Headphones if you wish
- Prepare for 30-60 degree weather
- Because it’s a one day event, you don’t have to bring sleeping equipment or toiletries unless you’re staying the night before or after

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 or fill in the contact form near the bottom of this site.

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