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What is Hack4Good?

Hack4Good is an 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 organisations’ impact.

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!

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 organisation and thereby produce a positive impact on society. They either help beneficiaries directly or augment the reach of non-profits.

Which projects were offered (2021)?

  • Médecins Sans Frontières: Forecasting demand of medical equipment
  • IMPACT: Improving respondent selection for humanitarian research in difficult contexts
  • Rega: Real-time rescue helicopter dispatch decision support
  • GIZ: Predicting agricultural productivity and soil carbon content
  • GIZ: Tracing policy implementation of nationally determined contributions related to the Paris Agreement of climate change
  • Helvetas: Annual Project Synopsis and Classification

Hack4Good 2022

Project Start Sep 2022
Project Duration8 weeks
Event VenueETH Zürich
Estimated Time Commitment8h / week
Team Sizes3 – 4