the practice or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who have physical or mental disabilities and members of minority groups.

PYGMALION presents a 48-hour community-driven virtual hackathon to develop solutions to problems of inclusivity.

In light of the global pandemic and recent events, we want to highlight problems that disproportionately affect people because of their age, gender, race, class, sexuality, disability or minority status within our community and around the world. 

Now more than ever, it is our responsibility to think deeply about the problems affecting our communities and come up with novel solutions that promote equality of opportunity and help include those that are included or marginalized.

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,150 in prizes

Grand Prize

$1250.00 CASH

+ One pair of Airpods courtesy of School of Social Work

Second Prize

$500 CASH

Third Prize

$250 CASH

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Daniel Cermack

Daniel Cermack
Illinois School of Information Sciences

Keilin Jahnke

Keilin Jahnke
Grainger College of Engineering

Megha Mattikalli

Megha Mattikalli

Gabe Price

Gabe Price

Judging Criteria

    Does your hack provide a benefit to the greater Champaign-Urbana community (a non-profit organization, under-served population, etc.)? Does it improve access to opportunities to people and communities that might have been marginalized or excluded?
    Does your team incorporate members from different communities, disciplines, skillsets, and/or specialities? i.e. professionals + students + designers + coders; or teams with developers + musicians + designers + dancers + videographers, etc.
    Does your solution represent in a clear way the problem your team is trying to address? Is your solution human-centered and community-centric?
    Does your project have a functioning prototype that can be seen by judges? An app, website, device, etc that (at least) mostly works? If you're not coding out a prototype, a pitch that clearly describes how your system will function.
    Does your provide provide something new and exciting that doesn't already exist in some capacity? The more unique and creative, the better.

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