Hack For the World is a 12-hour hackathon for high-schoolers. Students from across the Chicagoland area will come for the weekend, teaming up (or going solo) to build an app, game, or website. We’ll provide free meals & drinks. In the evening, judges will pick the best projects to demo for everyone and win prizes. There'll be raffles and giveaways throughout the event as well! You’ll meet people, create amazing new things, & most importantly, have fun.


This year's theme is based on the UN global goals. Students will pick a goal and build their project around that specific goal. We want to encourage students to make a difference in the world. The UN global goals are a set of 17 goals established by world leaders for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us: governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.

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Overall 1st

Overall 2nd

Overall 3rd

Best User Experience

Judge's Choice

Beginner's Award

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Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    The project is quite unique and uses a creative approach to the issue at hand.
  • Impact
    The application is effective in solving the problem.
  • Functionality
    The application is almost completely functional (80%-100% functional)
  • Design
    The UI is very user-friendly and intuitive in use. The design is visually pleasing with thoughtful design choices.
  • Complexity
    There are more levels to the application and it has more than one functionality.
  • Potential
    There is not much room for the application to expand.

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