Hacking for Humanity 2022

Experience the power of diverse teams

Connect with like-minded people from the tech industry and work on solutions to accelerate social change through diversity and inclusion. Hacking for Humanity is co-organized with On this year and will take place in person at the On Labs in Zurich on Friday, October 14 (5-9 pm) + Saturday, October 15 (8 am – 8 pm).

In groups, you’ll solve challenges from our partners Digitec Galaxus AG, Esri, and Meta, and spend a full day of inspiration, creativity, and fun.

Who can join?

We invite anyone to join who enjoys testing out ideas, building prototypes, working in teams, and who wants to have a positive impact through technology. This includes people from all industries and professional backgrounds.

Participation is free and open to all genders. Participants must be 18 years old or older and be able to attend the event in person in Zurich, Switzerland.

And the winners are…

Learn about the teams and prototypes that have won Hacking for Humanity 2022.

Winning teams & prototypes

What to build

Participating teams will be guided through a design process and supported by mentors to build a viable prototype or solution for the given challenge. The process consists of the following parts:

  1. Discovery: understand the challenge, explore the scope, and prioritize a specific area of the problem scope
  2. Ideation: brainstorm potential solutions, iterate over ideas & map out results, and settle on one idea to explore further as a prototype
  3. Prototyping: define the solution on a high level, map out workflows, create mockups, sketch user interfaces, build a prototype
  4. Testing: test the prototype/solution in the wild, sit together with other teams, explain the prototype & gather feedback
  5. Improve: based on the testing feedback do 1-2 rounds of improvements on your prototype

One prototype per team will be submitted through Devpost & be presented in the final pitch.


Friday, October 14th

  • 17.30 Doors open
  • 18.00 Welcome & QA with partners
  • 19.00 Prioritization & ideation
  • 19.30 Networking apéro

Saturday, October 15th

  • 8.00 Doors open, breakfast, ideation
  • 10.00 Break & role model lightning talks, prototyping
  • 12.00 Lunch break, more prototyping
  • 14.30 Break & role model lightning talks, prototyping & testing
  • 18.00 Final pitch & public voting
  • 20.00 Award ceremony, after party

Learn more about this hackathon including prizes on our Devpost site.

Our partners

We are grateful and excited about the support from our partners for this event. Get to know the companies that are supporting us in our mission for more diversity in tech.

On was born in the Swiss alps with one goal: to revolutionize the sensation of running. It’s all based on one radical idea. Soft landings followed by explosive take-offs. Or, as we call it, running on clouds.

Meet On

Meta builds technologies that help people connect with friends and family, find communities and grow businesses. In DACH, Meta has offices in Hamburg, Berlin and Zurich. In Switzerland, our development focus is in the areas of augmented reality and virtual reality, which represent key technologies on our road to the metaverse.

Meet Meta

The Esri R&D Center Zurich develops 3D mapping technology for professional use in a variety of industries such as urban planning, construction, and surveying.

Meet Esri

Digitec Galaxus is the leading online shop for information technology and consumer electronics and the largest online department store in Switzerland with over 3 million products.

Meet Digitec Galaxus

We would also like to thank our community partners:

Meet our jury

Selen Basol – Engineering Manager, Meta 

Selen is an engineering manager at Meta Reality Labs in Zurich. She currently leads a research and technology development team that builds 0 to 1 innovations for AR/VR/XR products by delivering perception capabilities. Prior to Meta, Selen worked on for 10 years at Google on Maps.

Connect with Selen

Natalie Bausch – Teamlead Software Engineering, Digitec Galaxus AG

Natalie Bausch has been a frontend developer for seven years, working both agency- and company-side. As a team lead in software development at Digitec Galaxus, she supports her team in improving the user experience of the online shop.

Connect with Natalie

Nina Maurer – Digital Product Manager, On

Passionate about innovation, digital products and customer experience Nina has attended many hackathons and startup weekends around the world. Always on the lookout for the latest great innovations, Nina is currently a digital product manager at On where her mission is to make the B2B platform as simple and useful as possible. Having experienced how she could build a company that started at a hackathon, she is a big believer in connecting the right people around simple but powerful ideas.

Connect with Nina

Arno Fiva – Developer Evangelist, Esri

Passionate about 3D maps, Arno is all about finding new ways to leverage and interact with digital twins. As a Developer Evangelist at the Esri R&D Center in Zürich he drives the adoption of 3D GIS across users and Esri products. With a computer science degree from ETH Zürich, Arno has over 10 years of experience working in the software industry.

Connect with Arno