Adapting to COVID-19

Adapting to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will always put the safety of participants, NGOs and organizers first! Therefore, this edition will take place in an online-first format, with only some important events (e.g., Kickoff, Hackdays) taking place in-person. Of course we will have Corona specific adjustments for in-person events and will adjust our events to the level of risk, as communicated by the canton of Zurich, the BAG and ETH.

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
Wednesday, Sep 30
Final event
Wednesday, Nov 25
Project Duration 8 weeks
Event Venue ETH Student Project House, Online and ETH
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 ETH 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. 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 ETH Student Project House as meeting areas and for work.

Project closing

After eight weeks, you and your team will present your solutions at the ETH Student Project House. Each of the participants will receive a certificate of participation from the ETH Student Project House.

David Wissel

David Wissel

Hack4Good Organizer

An Initiative by

Analytics Club at ETH ETH SPH Impact