Hack for the Community is a 36-hour gathering of Nashville’s best visual designers and software developers for the purpose of building technology solutions for local nonprofits that will make an impact in our community.

The 2020 Hack for the Community event will be held at the Nashville Software School on April 16-17. Nonprofit applications to participate in Hack for the Community 2020 are due by November 8, 2019. To learn more about how your nonprofit can participate in Hack for the Community, contact Monica@hon.org.

HCA Healthcare and the Nashville Technology Council (NTC) are partnering together again with business partners to bring together IT professionals to solve problems for local nonprofits in 2020. We welcome you to join us.

Read about our 2018 Hack for the Community impact and the community solutions developed at the hack-a-thon.

2018 Hack For The Community from The HCA Foundation on Vimeo.

Frequently Asked Questions

Started in Silicon Valley in 1999 to foster growth in the software development community, hackathons bring together software developers from all different industries to work on projects which center around specific themes. The goal is to develop creative solutions to invent new products or improve existing products. Much of the Twitter and Facebook functionality is the result of hackathon formatted events.

A hackathon is typically a 24-48 hour event where different groups present problems they are trying to solve. Attendees choose what they want to work on based on the presentations. Small groups form together to develop a specific product(s) inside the time box of the event. The event culminates in a closing ceremony where attendees present what has been created.

The HCA Foundation and other Hack for the Community partners maintain close relationships with more than 200 organizations in Middle Tennessee which closely reflect our mission and values. Hack for the Community is intended to serve a subset of those well-established relationships. If you are uncertain of your eligibility, please contact Caitlin.Nossett@hcahealthcare.com

Agencies will have the opportunity to participate in coaching calls to help develop and refine ideas for proposals. Our coaches will help you refine your ideas.

We strongly encourage all agencies considering participation in the hackathon to contact monica@hon.org to learn about Hack for the Community and register for a coaching call to refine their ideas prior to submission. Applications are due by Nov. 8 for Hack for the Community 2020.

(Nonprofits) If your proposal is selected, you will receive an email notification by Dec. 15. Your nonprofit will benefit from:

  • a lead developer and project manager who will work with you to identify the minimum viable product to meet your need
  • 36 hours of tech expertise from Nashville's tech talent
  • Your nonprofit must:
    • Identify representative(s) to meet with Hack for the Community leads to scope projects for the hack-a-thon. Representative(s) must commit two full days (in addition to needed prep time) to engagement with volunteers.

Through coaching calls, our coaches will help you refine your idea. Prior to the coaching call, we recommend that you work with your internal team to develop your proposal.

Hack for the Community 2020 will begin the morning of April 16 and wrap up the evening of April 17! Your team will identify its own schedule inside the 36 hour window, according to each team members needs and no one will stay overnight. All team volunteer and nonprofit participants are expected to participate on both of the established dates.

The volunteer lead developer will work with the nonprofit partner to determine the tech requirements. Relevant tech stacks will be listed in the volunteer registration site for each project.

We encourage you to use your personal laptop for this event.Please check with your employer before using your work laptop.

The objective is to create a fun, collaborative environment where volunteers enjoy the process of giving back. Other hackathons have emerged in Nashville and we seek to reflect a similar approach and spirit.

This year, Hands On Nashville's GeekCause program will provide ongoing support to projects not reaching completion at the hackathon. Some volunteers may choose to continue to volunteer with the benefiting nonprofit; however, this is not required.

Each agency will release participants from any liability and each participant will be asked to sign over any work to the agency. Just in case!