Please note this event is CLOSED to CODE2040 FELLOWS PARTICIPANT ONLY: 

Every year, Code2040 host a 24-hour hackathon with a social justice theme. We are proud to announce that our theme this year, “Lead, Build, Thrive” integrates with our Code2040 Core Values. This theme encourages you to think about how you can be leaders, how you can build towards diversity, and most importantly, how communities of color can thrive. Remember that you should approach this theme by “thinking globally and acting locally.” This encourages you to think about the issues within the Bay Area and your communities back home and how tech can alleviate some of those issues.



9:00 a.m. - Registration, Breakfast, Welcome, & Finalize Teams
10:00 a.m. - Hacking Begins!
12:30 p.m. - Lunch
6:00p.m. -  Dinner


8:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Pitch Practice
10:30 a.m. - Hacking Ends!
11:00 a.m. - Start Group presentations
12:30 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 p.m. - Continue Group Presentations
2:30 p.m. - Winners Announced

A very special thanks to our company partner and host GitHub!

CODE2040 is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities with a specific focus on Blacks and Latino/as. CODE2040 aims to close the achievement, skills, and wealth gaps in the United States. Our goal is to ensure that by the year 2040 - when the US will be majority-minority - Blacks and Latino/as are proportionally represented in America's innovation economy as technologists, investors, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs.

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$2,750 in prizes

Each Winning Team (25)

Each winning person in the winning team will receive $100

Global Impact (5)

For the winning group for "Global Impact," you will receive $40 in Lyft points.

Best Design (5)

For the winning group for "Best Design," you will have 1 hour with Ian Spalter, the head of design at Instagram. You will schedule a time that works for all of you and visit the Instagram office to meet with Ian. Please come see the Hackathon Task Force after the event to schedule this.

Best Pitch (5)

For the winning group for "Best Pitch," you will have 1 hour with Sydney Thomas, our hackathon judge and a VC. You will schedule a time that works for all of you. Please come see the Hackathon Task Force after the event to schedule this.

Technically Difficult (5)

For the winning team for "Technically Difficult", a private tour of the Pandora Oakland office and a group career feedback session with one of their recruiters. As well as a free one year subscription to Pandora Plus.

People's Choice (5)

For the winning group for "People's Choice," you will have 1 hour with Laura Weidman Powers, the CEO & Co-founder of Code2040. You will schedule a time that works for all of you to meet with Laura. Please come see the Hackathon Task Force after the event to schedule this.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Sydney Thomas

Sydney Thomas
Investment Associate and Head of Operations, Precursor Ventures

Luis Fernando De Pombo

Luis Fernando De Pombo
Software Engineer, Uber

Erin Teague

Erin Teague
Director of Product Management, Google

Minh Nguyen

Minh Nguyen
West Coast Regional Associate Director, Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Judging Criteria

  • Global Impact
    Does this idea really tap into the big picture? Is this team going to change the world? Is the team solving a problem in a fresh new way?
  • Best Design
    Does the feel of this product match the use case? Is this product easy and intuitive to use? Are the visual elements high quality?
  • Technically Difficult
    Did the team do something impressive technically? Did they create their own algorithm or roll their own tools?
  • Best Pitch
    Was the presenter creative and engage the audience? Was the demo and/or content presented in a meaningful and understanding way?
  • People's Choice
    Which was your favorite? You cannot vote for your own team.

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