Postponement due to COVID-19

Due to the current worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, the Spring 2020 edition of Hack4Good has been postponed until further notice. You can however already preregister for the next edition which will tenatively take place in Fall 2020. We wish you all the best in these trying times and hope you stay safe! Check back later this summer for more information on the next edition of Hack4Good.

What is Hack4Good?

Hack4Good is a 8-week long pro-bono program that matches data science talents from ETH Zurich with non-profit organisations that promote social causes. In close collaboration with such a non-profit, small student teams develop and implement data-driven solutions to increase these organizations' impact.

Why non-profits?

Non-profits frequently lack the time and resources to implement analytics projects. However, such projects can often greatly contribute to the ultimate goal of the organization and thereby produce a positive impact on society. They either help beneficiaries directly or augment the reach of non-profits..

What is in for participants?

Hack4Good enables participants to simultaneously gain professional work experience in data science with high-profile organisations and to support a social cause. As a participant you will engage directly with non-profit representatives to get to know one of their pressing challenges and decide with your team how to solve the problem at hand. In doing so, you will be able to learn not only coding but also project management!

Key Facts

Project Start
TBD (check back in Summer)
Project End
(Final Presentation)
TBD (check back in Summer)
Project Duration 8 weeks
Event Venue ETH Student Project House
Estimated Time Commitment 8h / week
Team Sizes 3-4 participants
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The Project


Hack4Good begins with a kick-off event at the Student Project House. At the kick-off, the participating non-profits will present selected challenges and the ensuing projects they host with Hack4Good. The participants then form a team around each project. After the team-formation, workshops on project management specifically tailored to the context of data science will prepare you and your team for solving the challenges. While enjoying some snacks and drinks, you will also get to meet your teammates and make some first exploratory steps to understand your challenge and the data available.

During the project

For eight weeks you and your teammates will work in the manner that you deem best for your project. Over the entire course of the project, you will have a direct contact person on the side of the non-profits whom you can ask questions on the relevant data and discuss ideas with. Also, mentors coming from the data science industry are there to support you with inputs, tools and feedback. You will be able to use the facilities of the Student Project House as meeting areas and for work.

Project closing

After eight weeks, you and your team will present your solutions with an ensuing Apéro at the Student Project House. Each of the participants will receive a certificate from the Social Innovation Lab at ETH which testifies your work and the skills you acquired.

David Wissel

David Wissel

Hack4Good Organizer

An Initiative by

Analytics Club at ETH ETH SPH Impact