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Hack for the Community 2022
Nonprofit Overview


We are so grateful to The HCA Healthcare Foundation, HCA Healthcare, Greater Nashville Technology Council, and Nashville’s technology community for partnering with Hands On Nashville’s GeekCause to host the 2022 Hack for the Community (H4tC)!

This 36-hour hackathon took place April 28-29, 2022 at the Nashville Software School, and implemented 120+ of Nashville’s best software developers and visual designers to come together to meet the specific technology needs of local nonprofits. Together, they completed 12 projects for local nonprofits, and raised $273,000 worth of economic impact in just two days! 

Congratulations to Turnip Green Creative Reuse, The Sexual Assault Center, and Big Brother Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee for being chosen as the 2022 Hackers Choice Award winners!

What is Hack for the Community?

H4TC projects are built for impact - they help nonprofits redirect time and energy from internal processes so they can focus on what they do best: their mission. From website builds to custom app development, process automation to database reporting and dashboards, Hack for the Community is here to help organizations with solutions to their most pressing technology challenges. Click here for examples of previous Hack projects.

How could our organization benefit from a Hack project?

 If selected, nonprofits will benefit from:
•    Lead volunteer expertise: Get guidance from your lead project manager and lead developer.
•    MVP identification: Meet with your volunteer leads to define a minimum viable product (MVP) to meet your nonprofit’s need. This may be a custom technology product or a replication/customization of a past Hack for the Community product.
•    Tech team talent: Collaborate with a volunteer tech team focused on building your solution for 36 hours.
•    GeekCause assistance: Receive post-hackathon status assessment and additional volunteer support from GeekCause, as needed.

Please note that some products will prove unfeasible or will serve as a proof of concept that will require longer-term development.

What is expected of your nonprofit?

Selected nonprofits will need to:
•    Identify nonprofit leads: Assign a lead communications and lead technology contact to work with lead volunteers.Your lead technology contact does not need to be a tech expert, but they do need to be the expert on the problem the solution will address and how that solution will be used.
•    Commit to prep work: Ensure that your lead technology contact is available to collaborate with volunteer leads, coordinate a volunteer site visit, and other prep work as needed.
•    Guide development: Arrange for the lead technology contact to be available onsite at the Hackathon (April 28-29) to guide solution development. To ensure consistent input for the tech team, you will need to identify no more than two knowledgeable representatives who can alternate shifts.
•    Share impact: Assess the potential impact of the product and provide post-hackathon status reports on actual impact.

What criteria will be used to select proposals?

•    Impact: Will it improve the organization and the community?
•    Viability: Will it be easy to implement and maintain?
•    Replicability: Could it potentially work for other organizations?
•    Innovation: Is it unique or innovative?

What are my next steps to participate?

(please note that the proposal process for the 2022 Hack is now closed)    

•    Brainstorm possibilities with your team
•    Hone in on your primary challenge
•    Complete the initial survey
•    Participate in a coaching call
•    Submit your proposal by Oct. 27

For more information, please reach out to Hands On Nashville, at


September 20 Nonprofit Interest Form Opens
Interest forms will be reviewed for viability as Hack projects. Organizations with promising ideas will be invited to submit a Project Proposal and will be eligible for coaching.
September 29 Information session, 12pm (email for zoom link)
Bring your ideas and questions to an open forum for all things Hack-related.
October 4 Project Proposal Form Opens
Mid-October Nonprofit Coaching Calls
Nonprofits participate in coaching calls with experienced Hack leaders to prepare their proposals.
October 27 Project Proposals Due
Mid-November Advisory Council Reviews Proposals
December 3 Nonprofits are Notified of Selection
Mid-January Nonprofit Orientations & Lead Volunteer Matching
Early February Initial Planning Session & Reception
Team leads meet with their nonprofits to scope projects and define volunteer needs.
Late-February Volunteer Registration Opens
Volunteers register for a specific 
project based on their skills and interests.
Mid-March Full Project Team Orientations
April 28 & 29 Hackathon

Examples of Previous Projects

“THE SUSTAIN GAME”: interactive web-based game that teaches users about sustainability and the environment (2020 Hackers Choice Award Winner - video overview)

VOLUNTEER TRACKING SYSTEM: to allow volunteers to check in/out digitally and track hours served

PROCESS AUTOMATON: to streamline donation process, integrating website with database

INTAKE PORTAL: to streamline patient intake process, with registration form and admin hub

MOBILE FRIENDLY WEB APP: to survey emotional outcomes for club participants and evaluate overall club experience.

"IMPACT HUB": to provide a forum for volunteer, teacher, and student comments to improves outcomes & impact

ONLINE APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING: to connect students with music instructors

SMS APPOINTMENT FOLLOW-UP PLATFORM: to evaluate success and outcomes of mediation

INTEGRATED DATA SYSTEMS: to track students and measure success

SMS & EMAIL MESSAGING SYSTEM: to share important messages with parents and caregivers


For more information, please reach out to Hands On Nashville at

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