Apply your coding skills for social good, build solutions for our customers, and win prizes. Open to all AWS skill levels.

Welcome to the 2nd Annual AWS Hackathon for Good. This year, we’ve teamed up with American Red CrossNational Institutes of Health, USA for UNHCR and Virginia Cyber Range to identify specific challenges facing each of these organizations today. If you’re passionate about applying your coding skills, come join us at the Washington DC Public Sector Summit, learn new skills, and build functioning prototypes to address those challenges.

How To Form A Team: Arrive between 8-9am and meet other hackers to create a team. Team may be no larger than 5. A great team should include some or many of these skillsets: front-end developer, back-end developer, devops engineer, architect, and project manager. Make sure to register here in advance.

Where To Go: Arrive to the Convention Center and pick up your AWS DC summit badge at registration. Then, follow signs to "West Salon I"

What To Prep: Make sure you've created an AWS Account before you arrive, so you save time. Don't worry, we have you covered with credits for every team member who comes to hack! We've created a Hackathon Quick-Start Guide with tutorials, tools, SDKs, and more to help you get started. Also, be sure to visit the AWS Developer Center. Join the Slack Channel. 

How Judging Works: Judges will walk around and meet with all teams between 8-9pm. All final solutions must be uploaded to DevPost by 9pm EDT. Judges will then choose a top team for each challenge to present their demos on stage. Open to all AWS skill levels. Please bring your laptop!

**you must be present in-person to participate**

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Participants must be over 18 years of age, and teams may have no more than five members. 


Submissions Must Include

  1. Names of all team members.
  2. Presentation slides highlighting: challenge, approach, solution, and demo if applicable.
  3. All code created for solution, must be include through a Github repo link


Aaron Liao

Aaron Liao
AWS - Head of Developer Marketing

Ryan Kroonenburg

Ryan Kroonenburg
A Cloud Guru - Founder /AWS Hero

G.Nagesh Rao

G.Nagesh Rao
SBA - Director of Biz Tech Solutions

Kristen R. Hajduk

Kristen R. Hajduk
National Security Innovation Network - National Capital Regional Director

Jeff Olson

Jeff Olson
CollegeBoard - Chief Data Officer & Sr. VP Technology

Judging Criteria

  • Social Impact & Value
    Does the product identify and solve a problem that impacts many?
  • Originality
    How unique is the product offering? Is it better than other solutions in this space?
  • Feasibility
    Can the product be launched in the next 12-18 months?
  • Usability
    Is the experience simple and easy to use? Are the expectations of the user clearly articulated and met throughout the interaction?
  • Engagement
    Does the product experience encourage users to re-engage over time (repeatable), or is it just a one-time experience?
  • Go-To-Market Strategy & Promotion
    Does the team present a compelling go-to-market strategy? Is there a promotional plan?