Our second annual Opportunity Hack will open at 8:00 a.m. on October 11th.  At Opportunity Hack you can network, share ideas and build solutions that enable impact and social innovation! Come with an idea or join a team that will hack solutions for any of the problem statements listed by our partnering non-profits!

Check in will be from 8:00 until 9:00 and breakfast will be served.  At 9:00 we'll have our opening keynote speaker.  

Then the fun begins!  Our non-profits will all have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to all the participants.  We'll be moving this along quickly so that we can move into team building.  You can bring a whole team, but if you don't we're pretty good at facilitating team formation.  This is the part of the program that people tend to be the most nervous about, but it all works out.  We've done it successfully a bunch of times and we'll make sure you get hooked up.

Please note that the pitch session scheduled to take place at 9:30 am is for only non-profits pitching ideas.. If you have an idea that you have would like to hack at the event for please see the rules around participant submitted ideas posted here.


11:00 a.m.  It's time to get your Hack On!  You have from now until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday!  We're providing meals and snacks and support around the clock.

3:00 p.m. on Sunday it's time to let the keyboard rest.  You'll want to have your prototype and presentation ready for a three minute presentation to the judges with some Q&A.  There will be a brief intermission for scoring and then the top teams will be chosen and accolades will flow!  This will mark the end of the event and the beginning of the celebration, where we will also provide appropriate supplies.

Detailed Agenda

Saturday (10/11)

08:00AM: Doors open for check-in

09:00AM: Opening ceremony

09:30AM: Project pitches

10:30AM: Team formation

11:00AM: The Hackathon begins!

Noon: Lunch is served

2:00PM: Subject Matter Experts available (4 hours)

06:00PM: Dinner is served


Sunday (10/12)

Midnight: Midnight pizza served

08:00AM: Breakfast is served

8:00AM: SME available (3 hours)

Noon: Lunch is served / I can’t think straight but this tastes awesome!

02:00PM: Hackathon ends

02:45PM: Presentations due

03:15PM: Judging

04:30PM: Closing Keynote

05:00PM: Winners are announced / Prizathon!

05:30PM: Drinkathon / You’ve survived… let’s celebrate!

Find out more about Opportunity Hack 2013 here and some of the success stories here   



See official rules. 


1. All members of team have registered on ChallengePost and are added to the project submission

2. Links to gitHub, and video or presentation must be included in project submission.

3. At least two members of team will be present in person for demo to judges.

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,000 in prizes

1st Prize

This is a hackthon funded by raising funds and to support our non profits. But we understand prizes are still exciting. The biggest win is really the impact you will have on making the world a better place.

Winning Team will also have lunch with PayPal CTO James Barresse and CPO Hill Ferguson. Students from winning team will also have a guaranteed job interview at the company.

2nd Prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

1. Join Opportunity Hack San Jose on ChallengePost

2. Come to the event with a team or we will help you build a team of like minded folks. 


Angie Ruan

Angie Ruan
Sr Director of Engineering, PayPal Retail

Chandra Chikkareddy

Chandra Chikkareddy
Sr Director of Engineering, Merchant platforms at Paypal

Junaid Razzak

Junaid Razzak
Sr. Director, Professional Services at PayPal: Delivering the Future of Payments

Rocio Molina

Rocio Molina
Public Policy Coordinator, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits

Alex Sheen

Alex Sheen
Founder, Because I Said I Would

Judging Criteria

  • Scope:
    How big an impact will your solution have on the community? Key things that are important are * Scale of the problem being solved * Potential reach * Productivity gains - 10 points
  • Presentation/Demo:
    In order to be successful you need to be able to demonstrate and market your solution so that it can succeed long term– 10 points
  • Innovation
    Displaying innovative solutions to the problems. Do you solve the problem in a novel way? Can you create a solution that is cohesive across different areas or technologies? - 10 points;
  • Accessible by the Target User Base:
    It’s crucial that the target user base actually has access to the technology in question. Can you articulate the capabilities and limitations of your userbase? Does your product fit within those capabilities or work around them? - 10 points
  • Implementable:
    The projects need to be able to move from "proof-of-concept" to working project. Is your architecture and technology extendable by others? Can the project be tuned to meet different or changing needs?– 10 points
  • Open Source Software:
    Open source solutions allow for a wider variety of contributors to be able to improve, extend and build upon. Does your project leverage open source software or libraries? Is your project in github? – 10 points.
  • Cover all categories:
    All teams must get atleast 1 point in all the above categories. Getting a 0 in any one category will mean they are not eligible to win

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