About DeisHacks

  Welcome to Deishacks! To learn more about our non-profit partners and register head to: http://deishacks.com/     Hosted by the Brandeis MakerLab partnered with the Brandeis International Business School, this year's 'Deis Hacks is a 48-hour design competition targeted at real world solutions.   This social design challenge focused on disequity sources our hack-challenges from the 15 not for profits and social enterprise organizations local to Waltham. Instead of having a single hackathon challenge, this event's theme will fuse design thinking, digital fabrication & social impact to work on real world solutions for non-profit companies. Each hackathon team will chose a design challenge from Waltham's diverse non-profit community they find compelling to focus on.   Welcome to #deisHacks    

Why DeisHacks?

  Our hacks are identied by 15 local non-prot organizations in which Brandeis students serve as non-voting Board Fellows. A hackathon is typically a technology-focused event, however we’ve looked beyond computer science enthusiasts, integrating students of all majors, to help serve local non-prot needs.    

Community Impact

  Last year’s winning hack was a multi-language text app to bridge the Waltham Boy’s and Girl’s club’s challenge of low participation rates amongst non-english speakers. Because Brandeis Board fellows had prior knowledge of the club’s operations, the assigned hackathon team was able to identify the club’s diculty as language-barrier driven.



1. Work must be entirely completed during the hackathon hours. We want original projects tailored to our non-profit partners, not previously submitted to other events.

2. You must submit a 3 minute (max) video demo! Judges will only consider the video - they will not consider any text or links submitted - if you want to show those, you have to put them in the video itself.

3. You must be on a team of 2-6 peopleWe would like only 1 submission per team. Hackers can only be a member of 1 team.

4. Any 18+ undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in any academic institution may participate

5. We will abide by the Brandeis Student Handbook Rights and Responsibilities Handbook and the MLH Code of conduct

6. Prizes will be delivered via Paypal only. You or someone you trust must have a paypal account to accept the prizes. Prizes must be claimed within 24-hours of winners being announced using the prize claim form which will be shared in closing ceremonies.

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,500 in prizes

Best Technical Hack

$500 via PayPal split across your team members.

Non-Technical Game Changer

$500 via PayPal split across your team members.

Hidden Gem Award

$500 via PayPal split across your team members.

Highest Organizational Impact

$500 via PayPal split across your team members.

Best Marketing Hack sponsored by Hubspot - Sales and Marketing Strategy Consulting Session

1 hour of HubSpot for Startups Consulting.
5 x HubSpot swag bags: each include lip balm,
a water bottle, a bottle opener, and some other goodies.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Execution
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need nonprofits have?
  • Presentation
    How well was the project presented? Did it make the hack more compelling? Did it give a good idea of its purpose?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?

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