ATX Hack for Change - Where Keep Austin Weird Meets Keep Austin Good

Join as a hacker, project champion, volunteer or sponsor, and collaboratively improve the Austin community

ATX Hack for Change is Austin’s response to the National Day of Civic Hacking, a White House initiative started in 2013 to inspire citizens to come together and improve their communities.

ATX Hack for Change is a 3-day civic hackathon hosted by St. Edward’s University and annual partners, where hundreds of people from Austin and beyond come together and work collaboratively to improve the Austin community.

ATX Hack for Change has hacked 159 projects since 2013 and is always looking for partners, sponsors, nonprofits, and community groups to participate in the event. Let’s improve the city we live in together.

Get Involved

Each year, St. Edwards Office of Information Technology seeks diverse projects and hackers to join their efforts for social justice.

There are several ways to get involved:

Join as a Hacker

A hacker is anyone looking to share their skills to create creative, innovative solutions to problems, from gardening to project management to graphic design to web development, and to make Austin a better place. The hackathon focuses on social good projects, from creating mobile apps that streamline feeding the homeless to aggregating data for where our new sidewalks should be built.

Register here

Join as a Project Champion

A project champion is anyone with an idea for an innovative solution to a social problem in Austin. Have an idea? Submit before April 30, 2018.

Brainstorm your idea and problem statement. We have plenty of workshops to help you before you submit.

Submit your idea by April 30, 2018.

Finalists will be announced by May 11, 2018.

Pitch your idea to hackers on June 1, 2018.

Hack your project forward from June 1-3, 2018.

Submit your project here

Join as a Sponsor

This event couldn’t happen without partners and sponsors.

Help ATX Hack for Change reach their goal. 

Join as a Volunteer

Want to join the ATX Hack for Change team to make sure Hackers and Project Champions have everything they need?

Join here.

Past Projects

These are some of the projects that have been hacked in the past.

Kiwi Compute

Kiwi has taught coding in Austin over the last two years, reaching hundreds of kids. Using its curriculum, Kiwi built a learning platform with support from the National Science Foundation, US Ignite and the City of Austin. The tool uses game-based and academic learning, increasing technical aspects as coding skills advance. Students will move through the program to become a self-taught programmer. Through Kiwi, kids will enjoy coding while improving their technical fluency!

Hack project:

Build an educational platform to teach coding for python for middle schoolers.

Keep Austin Fed

Keep Austin Fed is a volunteer based nonprofit that makes sure surplus food from commercial kitchens stays out of the landfill and gets to hungry people.

Hack project:

Create dashboard & widget to displayreal/near real time stats on food rescue to help generate more visibility interest, and bring in more volunteers.


OpenCurrent is a platform for nonprofits and volunteers, that allows nonprofits to reward their volunteers with “Currents” and volunteers can spend them with participating businesses or "give twice" by donating Currents back to organizations.

Hack project:

Provide software for nonprofits to record volunteer hours and issue rewards to their volunteers that are redeemable at local vendors

2018 ATX Hack for Change Projects

Projects this year will fall under the U.N. Global Goals Initiative:

  • GOAL 1: No Poverty
  • GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
  • GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • GOAL 4: Quality Education
  • GOAL 5: Gender Equality
  • GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
  • GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • GOAL 13: Climate Action
  • GOAL 14: Life Below Water
  • GOAL 15: Life on Land
  • GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
  • GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal


Date and Times

June 1-2, 2018

See schedule here.


St. Edward’s University
3001 South Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

See campus map here.

Thanks for Making a Difference!

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