We are a 3-day civic hackathon hosted by St. Edward's University and our annual partners. We launched in 2013 and are still going strong! Read more here
A civic hackathon is an event focused on hacking social good projects raised by the community and hacked by the community.
A hacker is anyone looking to share their skills to make Austin a better place.
A project champion is anyone with an idea for an innovative solution to a social problem in Austin. Have an idea? Learn more here
A day where thousands of people from across the United States come together and work collaboratively to improve their local community.
Yes! Entry is free to all registered participants.
This event is designed for individuals age 18 and up.
Unfortunately, our university campus is not a great venue for small children and is not designed to accommodate specific needs that might arise. We certainly invite you to bring your children, but they'll need to be supervised closely at all times.
Of course! We know you'll be working hard, so we aim to provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and snacks throughout the weekend.
Unfortunately, most of our food items are donated so we might not be able to accommodate all dietary restrictions. Please see our detailed schedule for specific menu information.
Jo's Coffee will be our official coffee sponsor to keep you caffeinated all weekend.
It's a hackathon, but it's also still your weekend. We get it. Our kickoff event on Friday will have food, libations, live painting, poetry writing, and a DJ!
Take a stroll around our beautiful campus! We also have Barre3 as our fitness sponsor, so they'll provide scheduled activities throughout the weekend to keep you active and engaged.
Short power nap can work wonders! The Munday Library lawn is perfect for a quick rest.
If you have them, we will take them! Whether you're a designer, copywriter, or have expertise in any integral skill, we're looking for you.
All are welcome! There are plenty of hotels and AirBnB's near St. Edward's University. Let us know where you are from!
We will have work areas set up in the Munday Library, Fleck and Trustee Hall. Consult the event map on our Attend page.
Yes please! With 500 attendees, we wish that we had enough laptops for everyone. We will have ATX Hack for Change Wi-Fi and dedicated computer labs available for basic support.
PW: No password
The success of projects rests on the shoulders of attendees and their project champions, so we hope that you can stay for the duration of the event and not leave your team behind.
During the kickoff and team formation periods, you can switch between teams as you find one you like. However, once you have committed to a project, we request that you remain with your team - they will need you!
You will get the opportunity to choose your team Saturday morning. Review the complete project list that will be sent out prior to the kickoff event, and attend both the Friday kickoff event and Saturday project pitch session to give yourself ample exposure to everyone's ideas before you decide.
On Saturday morning right after every Project Champion has had the chance to pitch their idea, you'll get the opportunity to pick the project and team you want to join.
You decide who that lucky person will be based on the project you choose to work on. Give yourself time to get to know your project champion before you hear them pitch by attending the Friday kickoff event. Mingle and find out more about the projects you want to work on.
Projects brought to ATX Hack for Change are the sole intellectual property of their project champions and teams. St. Edward’s University and annual partners claim no ownership or responsibility for ideas, products, or prototypes created during ATX Hack for Change or any associated events.
Our team of judges will evaluate the projects on progress made towards their initial goal and the potential impact the project will have on the community.
You win by making a difference in the lives of Austinites. That's prize enough, isn't it? Although, occasionally some of our sponsors provide some extra perks.
Yes, of course! 18+ are welcome to volunteer. Shoot us an email.
Don't worry if you didn't find your answer, just drop us a note via email and we'll be sure to get you squared away.