Climate Code 2021 — Vancouver’s largest high school hackathon — hosted by XdHacks Mini took place virtually on August 6–8, 2021. With an aim to inspire more youth to be engaged with the field of STEAM (Science, Technology, Art and Mathematics), Climate Code 2021 brought more than 250 high school students (50% of them being beginner hackers) from around the world together for a weekend of problem solving.

This jam-packed weekend included numerous technological and career/college readiness workshops and featured six special guests, including guests from the BC Government, Riot Games, Microsoft, and the Society of Women Engineers at UC…


Planete Greenleaves Cofounders Mohammad Mortezazadeh Dorostkar and Ali Katal

Ali Katal and Mohammad Mortezazadeh are research associates at the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering of Concordia University. They are also the co-founders of Planete Greenleaves.

Earth Hacks’ Camille Minns: Tell us a bit about yourself and how you two came to work together.

Ali and Mohammad: We’ve know each other since 2012 when we were M.Sc. students in the aerospace engineering department of Sharif University of Technology at Tehran. We had the same supervisor and spent most of our time together working on our projects. So it helped us to build our friendship and also professional careers…


Alyssa Beth Luna is a Computer Science student at the University of the District of Columbia, and a summer 2021 intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. She has attended 2 Earth Hacks events and spoke with Chelsea Vargas, Earth Hacks’ organizational storytelling coordinator, about some of her work.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory software engineering intern Alyssa Beth Luna

Chelsea Vargas: Tell us a bit about yourself (i.e., where you’re from, your background, what you’re in school for, etc.)!

Alyssa Beth Luna: I currently reside in Northern Virginia, but growing up I moved around a lot due to my mom serving in the military. I’m studying Computer Science…


Hack the Earth — Canada’s largest environmental hackathon — came back virtually for a second year on June 4–6, 2021. With a big focus on sustainability, 300+ college and high school students from around the world teamed up to create technological projects focusing on environmental issues. The 3-day event was filled with guest speakers, workshops, and team building exercises. A total of thirty-nine projects were submitted and winning prizes amounted to $CAD3,300. The first place prize also included a virtual private meeting with Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change; the honorable Jonathan Wilkinson.

Participants picked from 5 tracks with…


CivHacks was a virtual hackathon hosted by the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) at the University of California, Berkeley, that took place on the weekend of April 23–25. In the span of 36 hours, participants had the opportunity to create new applications, websites, or software projects. With a focus on providing a welcoming, engaging and creative environment to support social good in tech culture,

students formed teams to help tackle issues affecting sustainability, civics, student success, and other societal issues. Over 200 signups, 140 participants connected through their Discord channel, and 30 projects submitted; beginners and experienced…


Note: This blog post by Sophia Atwell, public relations coordinator at Engineers for a Sustainable World. Earth Hacks hosted a mini hackathon at their recent conference, ESWCON21, and this blog originally appeared on ESW’s website. It is re-posted here with the author’s permission.

We wrapped up ESWcon21 last month, and it was a success! From engaging sessions and innovative content, there was a lot to learn. In case you missed it, don’t worry. I am going to summarize the main points of the conference for you.

Energize. Restore. Implement. That was this year’s Virtual ESWcon21 conference theme. Energizing our infrastructure…


Cypher is The College of William & Mary’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Annual Hackathon. This was Cypher’s sixth year holding an event, and it was hosted entirely online due to COVID restrictions. However, as with many online hackathons, it allowed for more participants outside of the Williamsburg, Virginia area to attend. This year, more than 120 participants attended the event to learn from each other, build new skills, and create interesting projects.

Earth Hacks student organizers partnered with Cypher team to create an Earth Hacks track at the event. …


Cal Civic Hacks’ 2021 Ideathon was a 3-day (March 12–15, 2021) virtual event focused on building a cross-functional community of technologists, urban planners, and policy experts. The organizers recognized that there was an opportunity to break down existing silos between facilities at Berkeley and bring together like-minded people with diverse skills to tackle meaningful urban and civic challenges. Participants competed in teams of 3–4 to develop a ‘pitch’ for their idea to solve an issue in one of the two challenge tracks (Transportation & Wildfires).

Challenge Track 1: Transportation

Prioritize a specific issue to improve resilience in the movement of…


The Urban Infrastructure Hackathon was a 1-day virtual event hosted by the University of Rochester’s Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) chapter that not only focused on improving Rochester’s infrastructure, but also aimed at addressing the current urban infrastructure issues that the City has long been facing.

There were three challenge tracks:

  1. Decrease congestion and increase the space above ground
  2. Make the city more bike-friendly
  3. Mitigate or prevent nutrient runoff or increasing salinity in the Irondequoit bay.

All of the tracks had their inspiration in local projects — The first track was inspired by a successful local traffic makeover project…


Note: This blog post by Goran Vuksic, one of the lead organizers of Hack the Climate — an event which Earth Hacks supported as a partner — originally appeared on Stratiteq’s blog. It is re-posted here with the author’s permission.

Climate Hackathon was a great success, with a lot of amazing solutions built by hackathon participants. We believe these solutions will not only inspire and help non-profit or non-governmental organizations that submitted the challenges, but also many other organisations.

Climate Hackathon, organised and hosted by Stratiteq in partnership with Microsoft, took place online from 22nd to 26th March 2021. What…

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