Students Hack, Give Back

YU Hackathon Combines Technology and Creativity to Support Nonprofit Organizations

This weekend, Yeshiva University students held their fourth annual hackathon, a 24-hour technological innovation marathon that promotes creative thinking and partnerships. YU’s event provided a unique forum for observant Jews to connect, brainstorm and built projects together, as hackathons are typically held on Shabbat on other college campuses. Participants came from colleges and high schools across the tri-state area to participate in this year’s hackathon, which featured a special focus on giving back by developing creative ways to use technology to help nonprofit organizations. The event also included a Jewish Nonprofit Fair where participants could meet with representatives from nonprofit companies and learn about their organizations and careers in their area, and hear tech talks from professionals in a wide range of fields.

From an app that suggests available parking spaces in Washington Heights to a program that breaks down where your charity dollars could make the biggest impact, check out some of the unique collaborations at this year’s hackathon and how participants challenged each other to think bigger.