Hack for good.

Opportunity Hack (founded by PayPal in 2013 to positively impact our community) and Silicon Valley Code Camp (a community of impassioned developers, speakers and sponsors) have partnered to bring the next Opportunity Hack to Silicon Valley.

We are excited to have as our sponsors PayPal, Microsoft and IBM. This two-day hackathon (Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 24-25) brings students, software professionals and these top Silicon Valley companies together to create solutions for non-profits, local governments and social enterprises.

Sign Up 

1. "Register" at http://svcc-opportunity-hack.devpost.com/ AND

2. Registration will be complete only after you accept our slack invite and join our slack team 


Optional Sessions Friday 9/23

11.30 AM - 4.00 PM - Human Centered Design Workshop along with the non-profits to learn about how to focus on customers to create innovative solutions. Sign up here.

2.30 PM - 4.30 PM - Build integrated, scalable apps that take full advantage of natural language, cognitive data, analytics, and IoT  services - Sponsored and run by IBM. Sign up here

Sat 9/24

7.00 AM - 8.00 AM - Participants and non-profits check in. Team formation and check ins also happen

8.00 AM - 9.00 AM - Teams get a chance to interact with the non-profits

9.00 AM - Opening Keynote would be at 9.00 AM by John Alioto, CTO of Technical Evangelism & Startup.

9.30 AM - After the opening keynote address, the fun begins! Our non-profits will all have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to all the participants.  We'll be moving this along quickly so that we can move into team building.You can bring a whole team, but if you don't we're pretty good at facilitating team formation. Please note that the pitch session is for only non-profits pitching ideas.

11:00 a.m.  It's time to get your Hack On!  You have from now until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday!  We're providing meals and snacks and support around the clock.

9/25 Sun

2:00 p.m. on Sunday it's time to let the keyboard rest.  You'll want to have your solutions and presentation ready for a three minute presentation to the judges with some Q&A. 

This will mark the end of the event and the beginning of the celebration!!!

Story of Opportunity Hack

The projects

We spend a lot of effort in bringing the right partners with impactful projects to the hack. Please find a brief description of the projects and links to the vide submissions below.


Please keep checking for more here and on SLACK

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  1. All members of team have registered on DevPost and are added to the project submission.
  2. Links to GitHub, and video or presentation must be included in project submission.
  3. At least two members of team will be present in person for demo to judges.

How to enter

  1. Join Opportunity Hack San Jose on DevPost
  2. Come to the event with a team or we will help you build a team of like minded folks. 


Bill Scott

Bill Scott
VP, Consumer & Venmo Engineering, Identity Product & Engineering and Next Gen Commerce at PayPal

Reggie Hutcherson

Reggie Hutcherson
Director Cloud & Mobile Ecosystem

Kalen Gallagher

Kalen Gallagher
Captain, Code for San Jose

Jon Pedigo

Jon Pedigo
Director of Projects for Peace and Justice in the Diocese of San José

Judging Criteria

  • Implementation
    The projects need to be able to move from "proof-of-concept" to working project. At the beginning of the hackathon, teams will be documenting their problem statement on devpost when creating their projects and assessed against it at the end.
  • Scope
    How big an impact will your solution have on the community? Key things that are important are * Scale of the problem being solved * Potential reach * Productivity gains
  • User Experience
    In order for your solution to be used by customers, it needs to have a good user experience and you need to be able to demonstrate and market your solution so that it can succeed long term
  • Innovation
    Displaying innovative solutions to the problems. Do you solve the problem in a novel way? Can you create a solution that is cohesive across different areas or technologies? -