An online hackathon organised by students for students

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HackWise is a non-profit, free online hackathon organised by students for students who are passionate about programming and how it can make the world a better place. Our goal is to encourage discussions and inspire a range of unique and innovative projects to help advance the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each year we give hackers 3-4 SDGs to develop a solution to one or more of them! The winning codes will be eligible to win prizes.

This year, HackWise will be online, therefore anyone around the world can join, no matter your skills! Our hackathon will contain workshops, ranging from beginner-level to more advanced concepts, for all to learn more and advance their skills! We also will host a series of mini-events to further engage hackers!

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$1,350 in prizes

Best Overall Hack

Create a project based on the skills you have gained from this hackathon! The highest scoring hack will get:
- 1 x Google AIY Voice Kit for Raspberry Pi V2 (per team member)

Best SDG Hack

The winning team will get:
- 1 x WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive (8TB) (per team)
- 1 x WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive (2TB) (per team)
- 1 x Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD (250GB) (per team)
- 1 x Samsung Portable SSD T7 (500GB) (per team)

Best SDG Hack

The winning team will get:
- 1 x JBL GO 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker (per team member)

Best SDG Hack

The winning team will get:
- 1 x Freenove Ultimate Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi 4 (per team member)

EchoAR - Best AR/VR Hack

Build the best AR/VR hack using EchoAR!
Winning teams get:
- $50 Amazon gift card (per team)
- 1-month free Business Tier access (per team member)
- Selected projects will be featured on EchoAR's “Inspiration” Page

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • Participants must be students between the ages of 12 - 18 years old at the time of registration
  • Open to all students around the world!
  • Individuals may register, we will help you find a team closer to the date.
  • Teams of 2-5 may register


Hackers must innovate and create a solution related to one or more of the SDGs chosen for this years' theme. They can use software, hardware or both for their solution. In the submission, provide a 500 word description of your solution and the problem it solves, as well as a 3-5 minute video pitch showing the solution in action. Participants also must provide the code in their submission, or the submission will not be eligible for prizes.


Hanjin Ng

Hanjin Ng
Crimson Logic

Judging Criteria

  • Idea (45 marks)
    Is the project creative and innovative? How connected is it to the theme? Can this be turned into a real product? Will this product have a large impact on the world?
  • Code (5 marks)
    Is the code present in the submission? Does the code work?
  • Presentation (30 marks)
    Is the video presentation convincing and of good quality? Is this product design aesthetic and well thought-out? Will a user be able to use it easily?


  • Social Good
  • Machine Learning/ AI
  • Healthcare