#HackTheCulture is an virtual hackathon series hosted by Impact Ventures exploring the intersection of social change, justice, and technology. Our goal lies in bringing developers, designers and other tech-minded individuals together with activist, community organizers, and policy makers to create exciting projects and solve intriguing challenges our community is facing during this ongoing pandemic. To begin your journey with us, we suggest you connect and team up on our Community Discord Platform.


#HackTheCulture is for anyone from any background who is interested in applying their knowledge and skills towards creating innovative solutions to todays most pressing challenges. Not an expert at coding? Don’t worry, we'll pair you with mentors, subject matter experts and team members with complementary skills. Register today!

**Participants eligible for prizes must be 18+ and US based**
**Projects must be started and completed within the timeframe of Friday Sept 25th 8:00pm and Sunday Sept 27th 6:30pm**


Participants in #HackTheCulture can engage from the comfort of their homes. That's right -- it's 100% VIRTUAL and 100% FREE. #HackTheCulture kicks off Sept 22nd – 24th with a week of learning sessions and challenge panels to provide hackers more context to the specific theme challenges in the event. Friday, September 25th will be the official welcome ceremony gathering our sponsors, partners, mentors, and hackers to set the stage for the next 48 hours. The event will commence on Sunday September 27th with community voting with our semi-finalist and finalist, selections to pitch in front of our judges for prizes and swag. Judges will begin project evaluations the following week and winners will be announced Saturday, October 3rd at 1pm via the HTC live site. Be sure to register to get access to our live streaming site and detailed scheduled.


  • Individuals 18 +
  • U.S. Based
  • Team Size 2-5 (No Solo Missions)
    • Role Archetypes:
      • Developer - You build tech stuff
      • Designer - You like to design things - logos, pitch decks, etc.
      • Marketer - You like to market and advertise things
      • Change-maker - You want to change the world
      • Entrepreneur - You see a business opportunity in everything


  • Project Pitch/Demo Video (3-5 Minutes Max / 10 Slides Max)
    • Recommend Tools: Loom, Screencasity, others: https://startup.unitelvoice.com/screen-recording-apps
    • Recommended Tools: Canva, Google Slides, Slidebean
      • Slide Template: (Example)
        • [30 seconds] Team (roles, skills, background)
        • [30 seconds] Problem (Include research done, stats, feedback channels, user profiles, etc.)
        • [30 seconds] Problem Statement: Ex: "How might we..."
        • [30 seconds] Impact - What is the intended impact you want to have on users
        • [60 seconds] Product - A simple one-line statement of what the product is and highlight 1-3 features
        • [120 seconds] Demo - A quick demo of how the product works using screen recording, live user testing, etc.

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,750 in prizes

First Place - Overall HackThe Culture 2020

1st place grand prize of $1000. Shared equally amongst team members

Second Place - Overall HackThe Culture 2020

2nd place prize of $500. Shared equally amongst team members

Community Favorite

Community favorite prize of $250. Shared equally amongst team members

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Benjamin Vann

Benjamin Vann
CEO, Impact Ventures

QuHarrision Terry

QuHarrision Terry
Head of Growth Marketing / Mark Cuban Companies

Matthew Randazzo

Matthew Randazzo
CEO, The Dallas Foundation

Stephone Coward

Stephone Coward
CoFounder, BankBlack USA

Nadine Dechausay

Nadine Dechausay
Community Philanthropy Director, CFT

Matt Houston

Matt Houston
Principal, MLH Enterprises | Lecturer in Management, UNT Dallas

Abe Minkara

Abe Minkara
Chief Investment Officer of Legacy Knight Multi-Family Office

Casey Thomas

Casey Thomas
Dallas City Councilmember District 3

Bently Davis

Bently Davis

Gayle Barton

Gayle Barton

Maxim Kuznetsov

Maxim Kuznetsov

Gavin Pham

Kevin Cummings

Kevin Cummings
Staff Writer, NTX Inno

Judging Criteria

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
    Does the team diversity represent individuals from different backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, preferences? How does equity show up in their team dynamics? Are those who are considered underrepresented included in the innovation process?
  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface?
  • Adherence to Theme
    Does the hack adhere to the event's theme? Does it implement that theme fully or just partially?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Originality
    Has this project been done before at hackathons in the past? How creative is their project in solving the problem at hand?
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?

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