Organized by Harvard Developers for Development, MIT Global Poverty Initiative, Tufts Entrepreneurs Society, and Tufts Empower, the 4th annual International Development Hackathon (ID Hack) will bring together hackers, technology enthusiasts, and organizations working in international development to create impact with technology.

International Development Hackathon 2016
Co-organized by Harvard, MIT, and Tufts

with Platinum Partner Qualcomm


5:30pm February 12th - 5pm February 13th

Tufts Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC)

Facebook event:

The International Development Hackathon (IDHack) is a 24-hour hackathon that brings together hackers, international development enthusiasts, and NGOs from the greater Boston area to work on projects that will make an impact on international development.

Projects are selected from NGOs, private sector comanies and governmental organizations and vetted by the organizers. Visit our website.



5:30PM Door open for check in
5:30PM-6:30PM Networking session with sponsors
6:30-7:30PM Project pitches
7:30PM Dinner + project and group selection
8:00PM Begin hacking!
8:30-9:30PM Beginner's Workshop on Python
11:00PM-12:00AM Data Science Workshop (Tufts Enigma)
12:00AM Midnight snack
1:00AM Intro to Hacking with Bitcoin Workshop (Blockchain)
7:00AM Breakfast + coffee
12:00PM Lunch
1:30PM Deadline for project submission (code/link/etc) via devpost
2:00PM-3:00PM Projects fair + preliminary judging
3:00PM Top presentations + Closing ceremony

All skill levels welcome!


For questions: or post on our Facebook event! 

Making a difference in the world, networking, great prizes...

I’D Hack for international development... wouldn't you?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide travel reimbursements for those planning to fly in. Use Lyft $20 promo code IDHack16!



Registration is limited to current students (college, graduate school, etc.)

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,150 in prizes

Grand Prize

$1000 + tablets

Second Overall Prize


Third Overall Prize


Best Project Design


For the project that best considers the complexities of innovating within the context of international development in its design.

Beginner Prize


Qualcomm Platinum Partner Special Award (2)

Qualcomm DragonBoard

MLH Best/funniest use of domain name from Special Award

Swag bags with Arduinos

MLH Best use of AWS (Amazon Web Services) Special Award

Dell 1TB Hard Drives

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Register on Eventbrite at


Sher Vogel

Sher Vogel

Scott Kuindersma

Scott Kuindersma
Assistant Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at Harvard

Ming Chow

Ming Chow
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Tufts

 Benji Moncivaiz

Benji Moncivaiz
Tufts Fletcher School and previously MIT D-Lab

Judging Criteria

  • Sustainability
    Is the project sustainable within the unique contexts of the community it is aiming to impact? Does your project consider the complexities of that community's culture, societal structures, traditions, and challenges?
  • Innovation
    Is the project solution creatively and effectively address the project problem?
  • Impact
    How does the project make social impact?
  • Design
    Is the project well-thought out and designed? Could the project work well within the complexities and constrains of developing in an international context?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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