Leverage technology and tech talent towards solving real challenges in Venezuela

Code for Venezuela SF is a hackathon that will take place in San Francisco from April 12th through April 14th, 2019. We will host 50 participants locally and the event will also be open to remote participants.

Through this event, we want to leverage technology and tech talent towards solving real challenges presented by our partner organizations.

We also hope that this serves as a way to foster a community of individuals that are interested in using technology for social good and care about the current situation of Venezuela.

The Format

In order to work in projects that will have a direct impact and continuity after the event, we have partnered with institutions from Venezuela to create a set of challenges to work on during the event.

You can expect challenges in the following areas:

  • Using data to analyze, understand and communicate the Venezuelan crisis.

  • Digital products and platforms to connect the diaspora with the country.


Here is a glimpse of the challenges that we will be working on during the event:

  • Work with Dr. Julio Castro to detect and predict epidemic outbreaks using social media data.

  • Help AlumnUSB automate their scholarships and grants program.
  • Find find the most optimal way to distribute medicine supplies and humanitarian aid for Médicos por la Salud.


Neither Code for Venezuela nor our partner organization will retain ownership of your code. Finished work should be licensed under either Apache or MIT open source licenses so that it can continue to benefit the non-profits

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Hackathon Sponsors



Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

If you are in the Bay Area, sign up here.

If you are participating remotely, sign up here.


Luis Carlos Díaz

Luis Carlos Díaz
Journalist and cyberactivist

Ariel Poler

Ariel Poler
Angel Investor in Human Augmentation

Girish Gupta

Girish Gupta
Founder of Data Drum

Ernesto Hernández-Novich

Ernesto Hernández-Novich
Venezuelan software engineer and active member of Debian Perl group

Judging Criteria

  • Solves a Partner Challenge
    One of the main objectives of the codeathon is to provide concrete solutions to the challenges provided by organizations working on the ground in Venezuela. The evaluation panel should score the projects based on their potential to have an impact.
  • Technical innovation (Idea)
    Did the group come up with a good solution to the initial problem or challenge? Did they understand the problem, and did they involve, for example, multiple stakeholders?
  • Creativity
    How creative has the group been in solving the challenge? Did they come up with a radical approach, or did they follow existing patterns and solutions?
  • Execution (Demo)
    Does it work? Is it testable, and can the group show the minimum viable product? The solution does not have to be perfect or production ready, but does the idea come to live with their demo?
  • Pitch
    Being effective at communicating is key to succeeding at explaining the potential of your project. Are participants convincing enough, was it short and to the point, and what about their enthusiasm? The pitch can be a maximum of 2 minutes