Cornell Hackathon

Cornell Hackathon

September 30, 2022 – October 2, 2022 


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Cornell Bowers CIS Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will partner with Entrepreneurship at Cornell to host the inaugural Cornell Hackathon on September 30, 2022 – October 2, 2022  in Ithaca, New York. The event is expected to attract students from technical and non-technical backgrounds to work collaboratively on designing innovative solutions that will strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the globe. During the 36-hr competition, registered participants will connect with their team (of no more than six members); receive mentorship from faculty, staff, and corporate sponsors; attend design think tanks; and develop a resolution to their pre-selected challenge. At the conclusion of the event, each  team will present their deliverables to an audience of judges, peers, industry representatives, and higher education professionals for a chance     to win up to $8,000 in prizes. In addition to the competition, each participant will have the opportunity to engage in the following virtual and/or in-person activities:

    • Tech Talks (Format: Virtual and/or In-Person)
    • Game Zones (Format: In-Person)
    • Dining Mixers (Format: In-Person)
    • Collegiate Networking Sessions (Format: In-Person)
    • Corporate Roundtable Discussions (Format: Virtual and/or In-Person)
    • Mindfulness and Meditation Rooms (Format: In-Person)
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Dialogs (Format: In-Person)
    • Interactive Professional Development Workshops (Format: Virtual and/or In-Person)

Cornell Hackathon Challenges:

The Cornell Hackathon will offer three thematic tracks: Enhancing Accessibility, Empowering Underserved Communities, and Enriching    Cultural Environments. Participating teams will pre-select a challenge from one of the three tracks. Below outlines each track and the leading questions that will guide the formation of challenge statements composed by faculty, staff, and sponsors.

    • Enhancing Accessibility: How can organizations enhance the accessibility and affordability of their products, programs, and services to.  support the needs of marginalized populations?
    • Empowering Underserved Communities: How can organizations partner with educational institutions to address the social injustice and inequality experienced in underserved communities?
    • Enriching Cultural Environments: How can organizations create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that celebrates difference and fosters a sense of belonging among its constituents?

Please Note: The Cornell Hackathon is open to ALL students (regardless of degree program) from Cornell and select partner institutions. It is   the responsibility of the event organizers to review applications and admit students based on their experience, project ideas, and passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion.