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 spring, Rehack is organizing the first-ever virtual reverse hackathon on online education. Project tracks include teacher experience, productivity, mental health, and community building.

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!

2021 Keynote Speaker

John Katzman,
CEO @ Noodle

John Katzman is the founder and CEO of Noodle, which connects universities, technology, students, and companies to lower the cost of great higher ed.

Prior to Noodle, Katzman founded and ran two large public education organizations. He was CEO and Chairman of 2U, which pioneered high-quality online degree programs. Prior to that, Katzman was CEO and Chairman of The Princeton Review, which helps students find, get into, and pay for college and grad school.

Katzman has served on the Boards of Directors for several for- and non-profits, including Carnegie Learning, Renaissance Learning, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. He has helped launch several other education technology companies, invested in many others, and authored or co-authored five books and many articles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is Rehack going to be held?

Our Spring 2021 event will be held virtually on April 9-10. Applications are now open and due April 2nd at 11:59pm!

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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Tentative Schedule

(Eastern Daylight Time)

Friday (4/9/2021)

  • 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm → Opening Ceremony + Keynote
  • 07:30 pm → Rehacking begins!
  • 07:30 pm - 08:30 pm → Design Tools Workshop
  • 08:30 pm - 09:30 pm → Ideation / Team Formation Session
  • 09:00 pm - 12:00 am → Organizer Office Hours

Saturday (4/10/2021)

  • 09:00 am - 04:00 pm → Mentor/Organizer Office Hours
  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm → Among Us Game Break
  • 05:00 pm → Project Submission Deadline
  • 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm → Project Presentations / Judging Period
  • 07:00 pm → Judging Period Ends, Deliberations Begin
  • 07:00 pm → Swag Giveaway
  • 08:00 pm - 09:30 pm → Closing Ceremony and Awards


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