Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Hack for Humanity 2020

Hack for Humanity is a humanitarian focused hackathon at Brown University that brings together students from across Rhode Island to learn about the most pressing needs in the humanitarian sphere and develop creative ideas for innovative programs or technologies that could help improve the lives of disaster and conflict affected communities around the world. 

The focus of this year's Hack for Humanity is Refugee and Migrant Health. We invite teams of students to generate innovative ideas to address this topic focusing on one of the three contexts detailed below. Registration has now closed.

The program for the event has now been finalized and can viewed here: Hack for Humanity Program Schedule

Keynote Speaker

Vassilis Michailidis, The Home Project

Vassilis Michailidis is the Chief of Staff at the The Home Project, a unifying initiative set up to address the needs of unaccompanied refugee children. Through its programs it looks to provide relief from suffering to all those affected by the crisis and to give hope out of despair. Vassilis is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the management team, manages communications and information flow, and collaborates closely with key partners to ensure that the organization’s model is implemented in the most efficient way. Vassilis holds a Certificate in Computer Graphics DTP before attending the undergraduate program at the Psychology Department at The American College of Greece - Deree. During his academic career, he was awarded with the International Honors Program Merit Scholarship and has participated in the Safe Touches Program, a personal safety training program for children. He has been actively participating in psychotherapy groups and training workshops at the Center of Research on Human Behavior since 2012. 


Over the course of the hackathon, participating teams will have the ability to meet with mentors in order to help gain a better understanding of the core issues associated with providing health services to displaced populations in the different context areas. We will be selecting mentors so as to have a wide range of expertise on hand to answer questions, provide in-depth context, and help guide your ideas to “real-world” relevance. We encourage you to make use of this valuable resource! Participating Mentor Bios

Pitch Presentations and Prize

$3,000 Award

On the second day of the hackathon, all participating groups will have the opportunity to present their pitches to a panel of judges, who will evaluate each team's pitch on the basis of originality, respect to individuals and communities, context, feasibility, impact, sustainability, and partnerships. Following all presentations, the panel will award the top team with $3,000 in seed funding to further develop their idea. 



  • Advance registration is required to participate in this event
  • This year we are only accepting team registrations
  • Teams can be made up of between 3-6 students
  • Teams must be physically present for the duration of the hackathon
  • Please only complete one registration form per team
  • Registration closes on February 15, 2020.

Registration Form - Registration has closed


Should you have any questions about this hackathon please send a message to chrhs@brown.edu