November 9-10, 2019

University of California, Berkeley

Hack for Social Impact Summit 2019

Hacker registration is now closed. Check out the schedule to attend speaker panels and workshops that will be open to the public!


Collaboration, creativity, and diversity — a new generation of passionate change makers to tackle global challenges.


We believe that in order to solve the most complex challenges of our world, we will need the best and the brightest minds to work collaboratively on creative, ethical, and technical solutions that will propel our humanity forward. Our audience is anyone, anywhere, who believes that technology can solve hard problems, grow prosperity, and expand human possibilities.


Hack for Social Impact Summit 2019 is a 2-day hackathon with the mission of empowering students to collaborate with NPOs on ethical & beautiful innovation with the substantial social impact on our communities and a series of speaker panels to discuss the ethical dimensions of technologies and career pathways in social good.


We’re a hackathon with social good at its heart.

All our clients are NPOs and all our projects are created to address their needs. Find out more about the incredible organizations you'll be working with here:

Documented NY

Original reporting on New York City's immigrants and the policies that impact their lives

Free Clinic Berkeley

Empowering individuals and communities by providing accessible, client-centered health services and information

SF Marin Food Bank

Combating hunger in SF and Marin County by providing nutritious food to families in a dignified manner


Reducing food waste and food insecurity by delivering leftover catered meals from businesses to homeless shelters

American Bone Health

Teaching people how to keep strong and healthy bones for life through practical and up-to-date information and resources.

Berkeley Food Collective

Providing fresh, local, sustainable, and ethically produced food at affordable prices to the Berkeley community.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco

Breaking the cycles of homelessness and domestic violence by providing hope and service on a person-to-person basis


Join us for great company and meaningful conversations with our panels of speakers.

Our speakers come from a host of backgrounds and areas of expertise. Come pick their brains over the course of three speaker panels on three topics.

Careers in Social Good

Nov. 9th

Tech Policy & Civil Liberties

Nov. 9th

Ethical & Inclusive AI

Nov. 10th

Careers in Social Good


Social impact careers can take many forms and span across nearly all industries. Regardless of your interests, you can find organizations working to make substantial positive changes on society's most pressing issues. Find out more about the diverse career pathways of our panelists and valuable lessons they learned along the way!


Jill Finlayson: Moderator, Director of Women in Tech Initiative at UC

Nicole Dunn: Program and Marketing Manager at Fast Forward

Christina Zhang: Senior Program Specialist at Office of Humane and Ethical Use in Salesforce

Carlton McMillan: Finance and Social Impact Leader at Airbnb

Tech Policy & Civil Liberties


Technology has the potential to fundamentally change the way citizens interact with government and each other. People, organizations and the government have begun to leverage technology to inform and encourage civic engagement, from simplifying voter registration to hosting virtual town halls to launching crowdfunding campaigns supporting civic assets. This growing cluster of activity has become known as "civic tech". How can we get involved in civic tech, and what are the main challenges we face in this area?


Camille Crittenden: Executive Director, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute

Rhys Fureigh: 18F, Senior Software Engineer and Civic Technologist

Nikki Zeichner: 18F, Design and Product Strategist, Former Design Researcher for Code for America

Stuart Drown: California Government Operations Agency , Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Accountability

Ethical & Inclusive AI


The rapidly growing capabilities of AI raise lots of questions about how we should deal with the impact, governance, ethics and accountability of these technologies around the world. What role does AI play in strategy and innovation in some global companies? How do we ensure that the use of AI is ethical and responsible? How can we narrow the knowledge gap between AI “experts” and the people who use, interact with, and are affected by these technologies? How do we ensure that AI technologies do not exacerbate existing inequalities or create new biases?


Jill Finlayson: Moderator, Director of Women in Tech Initiative at UC

Anna Bethke: Head of AI for Social Good at Intel

Ayori Selassie: Founder and CEO of Selfpreneur , Expert in Applied AI, Ethical Use of Technology and Patented Inventor of Life Model , Lead Product Marketing for AI Einstein Salesforce

Marius Wiggert: AI Researcher at Berkeley AI Research (BAIR), Former AI Resident at X - The Moonshot Factory (formerly Google X)


2 days, but countless possibilities.

Day 1

Nov. 9th @ Wozniak Lounge

Day 2

Nov. 10th @ Pauley Ballroom

8:00 - 9:00 am

Registration + Breakfast

9:00 - 9:20 am

Welcoming Note

9:30 - 10:00 am

Research and Design Bootcamp by Dan Turner @ Wozniak

10:00 am

Start Hacking

10:30 - 11:30 am

Workshop #1: Wireframing with Figma | Designing for Accessibility by Blueprint @ HP Auditorium

11:30 - 12:30 pm

Speaker Panel #1: Careers in Social Good @ HP Auditorium

12:30 - 1:10 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Speaker Panel #2: Tech Policy & Civil Liberties @ HP Auditorium

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Workshop #2: Machine Learning & Social Good by Marius Wiggert (Berkeley AI Research) @ Wozniak

5:40 - 6:10 pm


6:10 - 7:10 pm

Workshop #3: No Code Introduction to Web Apps @ HP Auditorium

7:20 - 8:20 pm

Workshop #4: Ruby on Rails by Blueprint @ HP Auditorium

8:30 - 9:30 pm

Workshop #5: React by Blueprint @ HP Auditorium

11:00 pm

Wrap up

9:30 - 11:00 am

Registration + Breakfast

11:00 - 11:40 am

Special Guest Speaker: Telle Whitney (Co-Founder of GHC)

11:40 - 12:40 pm

Hackathon Expo (Judging Begins)

12:40 - 1:40 pm

Lunch Break

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Speaker Panel #3: Ethical & Inclusive AI

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Workshop #5 Using Human-Centered Design to Improve Public Services by Judi Brown (Civic Makers)

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Prizes + Closing Remarks


Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Hack for Social Impact Summit?

The Hack for Social Impact Summit (H4SIS) is a 2-day tech for social good hackathon, where students will creatively collaborate with non-profit organizations on social causes and have the opportunity to attend a series of speaker panels on Careers in Social Good, Civic Tech, and Ethical & Inclusive AI.

Who will attend the summit?

We will have 75+ student hackers, 15 speakers, 5+ non-profit organizations, as well as Blueprint club members and mentors. Students and people outside from UC Berkeley are welcome to come:)

When is the deadline to sign up to participate in the hackathon?

November 7, at 5 pm.

Where will the summit be held?

Day one will be at Soda Hall (1860 Leroy Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720), with general events such as hacking and registration at Wozniak Lounge. Day one workshops and speaker panels will be one floor below in HP Auditorium.

Day two of the summit will be held at Pauley Ballroom.

Is this an overnight event?

No. H4SIS does not include overnight accommodations, and at the end of each day, attendees will have to leave the venue. Hackers are welcome to continue working, however, just not on our premises.

How does team matching work?

If you sign up with a team when registering, you’re all set to go! Otherwise, we will group those without teams with 4-5 individuals before the event, with an emphasis on diverse skill sets and passion for similar causes. You’ll find out who’s on your team when you join our event Slack, which will be sent out in an email closer to the event, so keep an eye out for that!

How does NPO matching work?

After your team is formed, we’ll send out a form where your team can rank which nonprofits you would like to work with. We’ll then match you to a nonprofit based off your responses.

Do I have to register to just attend speaker panels/workshops?

No. Only people who would like to hack with us have to sign up. All speaker panels, workshops, and featured speakers will be open to the public!

Will the speaker panels/workshops livestreamed?

Though we can't promise it 100%, we will try to do our best to livestream! But we highly encourage to come to these opportunities and meet everyone in person :)

What should I wear?

Whatever makes you comfortable!

What should I bring?

Your laptop (if you have one) and charger, and pens or pencils!

Is there WiFi onsite?

Yes. WiFi information will be provided onsite.

Is there a mobile app? / Where can I receive updates?

There is no mobile app for the summit, but we will use Slack for communications with attendees and will publish any changes to the schedule there. We will invite all attendees to a Slack channel 3 days before the conference.

Do I need to wear a name badge?

Your badge is your ticket to everything while you’re at the H4SIS! Please make sure the badge is always visible.

Accessibility and Amenities

Are meals included, and will there be consideration for dietary restrictions?

We will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday! Coffee and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options are default catering options, and all food will be clearly itemized with ingredients so most allergies can be easily accommodated.

Is the venue Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant?

Yes. Our venues are 100% ADA accessible. Please let the registration staff or accessibility desk know if you'll need additional assistance. You can also arrange this in advance by contacting [email protected]

Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options are default catering options, and all food will be clearly itemized with ingredients so most allergies can be easily accommodated.

Is the venue reachable by public transportation?

Yes, the venue can be reached by Downtown Berkeley BART Station and local buses (F, 51B, 52, etc.). Parking is extremely limited, so we recommend public transportation, biking, or ride sharing to reduce your carbon footprint!

How else are you making the conference inclusive and accessible?

Other event amenities include, but are not limited to:

  • Reserved seating for proximity to ASL interpretation and closed captioning
  • An introvert sanctuary, and badge accessories to denote if you are in "solo mode"
  • All sessions and workshops are alcohol-free zones
  • Charging stations for your electronics
  • Optional personal pronouns on badges

All participants are expected to respect our Code of Conduct in order to facilitate a positive experience.

Sponsors and Partners:

A round of applause for our sponsors and partners, who make all of this possible.