Craving a Challenge? Check Out These Hackathons This Month!

Hackathons are events in which – within a limited period of time – people come together to produce technology solutions to address a certain problem or challenge. Hackathons are a great way to develop your experience, be challenged to build unique projects, and grow your professional network. Even though a working piece of software is often the output, a hackathon often isn’t just for software developers. Project managers, subject-matter experts, and designers can engage as key parts of a hackathon team, providing analytical thinking, coordination, and creativity needed to solve a given problem.

These are some notable remote hackathons happening this month.

Hacktoberfest 2020

When: October 1-31

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Hacktoberfest isn’t just a normal hackathon – it’s a month-long festival presented by DigitalOcean, occuring annually. Open to everyone, regardless of your background or skill level, this event is focused on driving growth in contributions to open source projects. You can sign up any time between October 1 and October 31.

Hack for NF: Neurofibromatosis (NF) Hackathon

When: October 2 – November 13

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“Rare diseases affect nearly 350 million people around the world, and NF specifically affects 1 in 3,000 across the globe each year. During the Hack for NF, we want you to utilize the datasets provided to improve data analytics, research methodology and advance the field of NF (neurofibromatosis) & rare diseases. Your solutions can range from new ways to analyze data to engaging patients via mobile devices, to data visualization apps & analytical tools for the NF portal. Join the Hack for NF and help end NF & other rare diseases for patients all over the world.”

Hacks for Humanity

When: October 9-11

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Hacks for Humanity is a three-day hackathon hosted by Project Humanities at Arizona State University focused on social impact. Anyone from around the world can join, even those with limited “hacking” experience including artists, coders, app makers, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, humanists, creatives, and generalists.


When: October 17-18

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DubHacks 2020 is a virtual event welcoming student hackers from anywhere around the world, whether in high school, undergrad, or grad school. The theme is “pen-to-paper, paper-to-reality”. Click the sign-up page to learn more.


When: October 24-25

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Technica is a hackathon hosted annually by students at the University of Maryland focused on immersing women and non-binary people in tech culture. According to the website, “Technica 2020’s theme is ‘Expand Your Horizons’. We want to challenge our hackers to step out of their comfort zone and try something new, whether that’s exploring a new technology, tinkering with hardware hacks, or coding for the very first time!”


When: October 24-31

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Organized by Essteem, “Equalithons are week-long, remote hackathons dedicated to addressing issues related to gender and racial equality, as well as social and environmental challenges.” This month’s Equalithon is focused on “The Future of Women at Work” and members are invited to participate in defining the challenges that will be offered.

…but wait! Hackathons aren’t the only things going on this month.

Jamstack Conf

When: October 6-7

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Jamstack Conf is a virtual conference focused on everything “JAMstack” (i.e. JavaScript, APIs, Markup). Take this opportunity to network with a pool of over 15,000 developers and other web enthusiasts for a day of keynote speeches, interactive and Q&A session, and one-on-one engagements.

“JAMstack – what’s that?” you might be wondering. Learn more here.