All Alumni Invited to Attend Hacking for Humanity at Columbia University

July 22, 2021

All Columbia alumni are invited to attend Columbia University’s Hacking for Humanity, taking place September 10-12 and hosted by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School. The Hackathon will harness the diverse talent and resources of the campus community and beyond to solve pressing global challenges affecting people and the planet.

For three days, students, alumni, and researchers from across Columbia’s campuses will form interdisciplinary teams to design and develop innovative solutions to urgent problems, refine their ideas with advice from experienced mentors, and pitch their startups to expert judges. Each team will be matched to at least 1-2 mentors and have access to a specialist mentor pool serving all teams. Topics will include design thinking, customer discovery, business model testing, data analytics and metrics, pitching, and more. These venture teams will develop valuable entrepreneurial experience, build professional relationships inside and outside the University, and compete to win both awards and prizes to further develop their ventures. 

Interested in learning more?

Watch a recent information session recording, and visit Hacking for Humanity’s website to sign up. Early registrants have the benefit of engaging in team-building on H4H's Slack channels and at a hosted networking session scheduled for Wednesday, August 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. EDT.

Alumni have the option of getting involved as a founder seeking teammates, an individual seeking a venture to join, as a mentor, or as a judge (investors preferred). Participating founders may enter the Hackathon with a venture at the idea stage or one that is further along. 

The Hackathon is organized by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School, in collaboration with Columbia Entrepreneurship, Columbia Technology Ventures, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Bio-Medical Engineering, Columbia Data Science Institute, Climate School/Earth Institute, Columbia World Projects, Brown Institute at Columbia School of Journalism, GSAAP, Mailman School of Public Health, SIPA, Columbia Law School, Global Columbia Collaboratory, student groups across campus and more.