Postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

Thank you for your interest in Hack for the Community. Especially during these unusual times, it is even more important for us to support each other and our community. We know many of you are taking steps to protect and help your colleagues, family and community. Due to the nature of the hack-a-thon style event and current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have made the decision to postpone Hack for the Community until the fall. We will announce the rescheduled date in the coming months.

We ask that you stick with us. We will be pausing active volunteer recruitment, but those who have already registered will have the option to keep the volunteer spot they registered for, cancel their registration or switch to a new project. We will re-open volunteer registration later this summer.

In some cases, we will work with volunteers on alternative, virtual volunteer projects for our nonprofit partners that need time-sensitive tech solutions for summer and the next academic school year. We will reach out directly to volunteers to assess availability and interest in these special projects.

If you would like an additional way to share your expertise with our city’s nonprofits, please consider signing up as a volunteer for Hands On Nashville’s GeekCause program. After registering, the GeekCause team will share information about opportunities to complete techbased projects that match your skill set on a remote and flexibly scheduled basis.

Thank you for your understanding and continued partnership. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

HCA Healthcare and the Nashville Technology Council (NTC) are partnering again with business partners to bring together IT professionals to solve problems for 18 local nonprofits in 2020. The 2020 Hack for the Community will take place at the Nashville Software School on April 16-17.

Hack for the Community (#h4tc) is a 36-hour hack-a-thon that brings Nashville's best software developers and visual designers together to create technology solutions that benefit our community in areas such as health and wellbeing, the arts, and children and youth.

Volunteer registration opens on February 26th and closes on March 27th. Volunteers who register for a specific role on a team need to commit to participating on both April 16 and17. If an individual doesn't have time to volunteer both days, there are also general event volunteer roles with shorter time commitments available. Register for a general role.

Colleagues interested in volunteering together should keep in mind that registration is first come, first serve. Plan to sign up early to join preferred projects.

Register to volunteer by clicking your skill set below.

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 Healthcare 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

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 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!