Connect, Build, and Empower organizations to change lives across the world.
At Opportunity Hack, you can network, share ideas, and build solutions that enable impact and social innovation! Join a team that will hack solutions for any of the problem statements listed by our partnering non-profits!
Hello Hackers, for the common good!
Welcome to 2021 Opportunity Hack with this year's theme of "Economic Empowerment for All". We define Economic Empowerment as: having the agency, skills, resources, and opportunities needed to compete equitably in markets, and achieve long-term economic security.
Our sponsor, PayPal, has recently announced their commitment of $100 Million to advance financial inclusion and economic empowerment of women and girls, which adds to its $530 Million to support Black businesses, strengthen minority communities and fight economic inequality.
This year, we want to focus on problems from non-profits that focus specifically on economic empowerment of underrepresented groups.
Unlike most years where we do this in-person in San Jose, Chennai, Ireland, Singapore, Phoenix, and Timonium - this year, we've worked with DevPost to create a 100% online global hackathon.
Our Ninth Annual Opportunity Hack is now open for all to register. Please note that ONLY THE FIRST 300 participants will be accepted on the day of the kickoff.
With the pandemic, it has made it hard for us to get together as we normally do each year. We successfully had our first virtual hackathon over summer 2020 where we worked with volunteer interns on non-profit problem statements. This allowed us to test out how working in an online-only environment would be. In the fall, we held Opportunity Hack 2020 that succesfully provided solutions to four non-profits in the few months that followed the hackathon.
Schedule of events
- Check-in will be from 8:00 am until 10:00 am PST on October 18th.
- At 9:00 am PST, we'll have our opening keynote address streamed live over YouTube.
- 11:00 a.m. It's time to get your hack on! You have from now until 12:00 pm PST on Monday, October 25th, to create a minimum viable product as part of your video demo for the judges!
- We will have daily check-ins between teams, mentors, and Opportunity Hack volunteers using Slack.
- At 12pm PST on Monday, October 25th, it's time to let the keyboard rest. You'll want to have your prototype ready, a video demo created, and your code committed.
- 8:00 am PST Check-in begins
- 9:00 am Opening address and keynote
- 9:30 am Project Pitches
- 9:45 am to 11 am Team-Project assignment
- 11:00 am Check-in closes - no new hackers are able to join after this point
- 11:00 am Hackathon Begins
- 12:00pm Mentor lunch check-in
- 9:00 pm Devpost project submission initially created, Git repo project up-to-date with all team members
- 6:00 pm Mentor evening check-in
- Mentor check in to Opportunity Hack Core Team morning/lunch/evening
- 9 am Teams demo their progress thus far to mentors
- Acceptance criteria evaluation
- Mentor check-in with the core team morning/lunch/evening
- Mentor check in to Opportunity Hack Core Team morning/lunch/evening
- Mentor check in to Opportunity Hack Core Team morning/lunch/evening
- Morning mentor check-in
- Lunch mentor check-in
- Evening mentor check-in
- 8:00 am Mentor check in to Opportunity Hack Core Team
- 9:00 am Final Project Submissions Due
- 9:00 am Judges Checkin
- The Core Team to share all the videos and related codebase, documents to all the judges.
- 9:00 am - 11:00 am Online Judging Model
- 11 am Round 1 judging/deliberation of 4 minute video and DevPost/GitHub submissions (Internal Review by Core Team)
Online Judging Process
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
For the top teams selected in Round 1, we wanted to provide a live demo and Q&A element to judging where we have two different timeslots available to support work/life balance of people throughout the globe.
For this portion, PayPal will provide judges and teams will live demo using Microsoft Teams.
- 9am-10am PST Round 2 live demo: top teams selected from Round 1 - 8 minute demo 2 minutes for Q&A
- 5pm-6pm PST Round 2 live demo: top teams selected from Round 1 - 8 minute demo 2 minutes for Q&A
Wednesday October 27th, 2021
- 9am PT | Overall and Sponsor Winners Announced | Sponsors connect with Winners on how they will receive their Prize
Hackers will be working to solve these problems for non-profits this year: https://www.ohack.org/hackathon/non-profits
We believe that now is the time to reimagine money, to democratize financial services, so that managing and moving money is a right for all citizens, not just the affluent. We believe every person has the right to participate fully in the global economy. We have an obligation to empower people to exercise this right and improve financial health. As a leader in Financial Technology, we believe in providing simple, affordable, secure and reliable financial services and digital payments that enable the hopes, dreams and ambitions of millions of people around the world.
PayPal is sponsoring prizes for the best three hackathon projects as voted on by our judges.
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Experis is sponsoring the shirts that will be mailed to hackers who complete the hackathon.
I studied at National University of Ukraine (Kyiv Polytechnic Institute) in 2010 and then post-graduate in 2013 in Computer Science. I’m passionated and experienced software engineer with 13+ years of hands-on development and team management, adept in bringing forth expertise in design and delivering solutions. I participate in wide range of activities like a pre-sale, discovery, development, production release, post-production support, managing and guiding local, remote and mixed teams spread around the world in both - product development and customer-specific solution implementation activities. Currently I work for NetCracker Ltd and on my own project https://colaba.pro. I was invited experts and trackers at the DemHack3 hackathon (https://demhack.ru/) and as a judge on Major League Hackathon (https://mlh.io) every Sunday I’m also the winner and finalists (the final will take place in December 2021) of the EdTech hackathon at the Digital Breakthrough, The One team - https://leadersofdigital.ru/event/63005/case/608650/results, the winners in case and winners of the super final SMZ Hack 2.0, the winners of the International Aviahackathon-2021 in the case and took 2nd place in the total hackathon in the super final, Demhack2.0 winners, and Privacy Accelerator 2021 alumni.
I'm experienced lead software engineer who has spent extensive time designing and developing high load systems. I am Passionate about achievement and growth in the product development sector, seeking to utilize analytical and prioritization skills combined with keen attention to detail to create an environment of forward-thinking and deliver clear results. I’m currently working in Sber - the biggest bank in Russia as a lead software engineer and I’m co-founder of fintech startup https://colaba.pro as well. Also, I have experience as an expert at Demhack3.0 https://demhack.ru/, Hacks-ai https://hacks-ai.ru/hakaton/rostov-na-donu and as a judge on hacks series at Major League Hackathon (https://mlh.io). I’m also the winner and finalists of the EdTech hackathon at the Digital Breakthrough(biggest competition in Russia), The One team - https://leadersofdigital.ru/event/63005/case/608650/results, the winners in the case and winners of the super final SMZ Hack 2.0, the winners of the International Aviahackathon-2021 in the case and took 2nd place in the total hackathon in the super final, Demhack2.0 winner, and Privacy Accelerator 2021 alumni.
Albert spent his past 5 years as the Founding Engineer & Tech Lead @ Xendit (YC S15, Accel, Stripe for Southeast Asia that recently became the 1st YC unicorn in SEA). Prior to that, he co-founded a civic technology NGO (ala Code for America), partnering with World Bank and US Embassy.
I am an Engineer by heart who like to solve problems and also love working with people. I have taken part in previous Opportunity Hackathons twice as mentor.
I'm working as a Software Developer in Test and have 8 years of professional experience in different fields (virtualization, enterprise servers monitoring, clustered file systems, ETL pipelines for Big Data analytics, GIS). I'm interested in API testing, Big Data processing and all kinds of back-end services.
My day job is working as a software engineer in the Site Reliability and Cloud Engineering (SRCE) organization. I've been fortunate enough to participate within several of our Innovation Initiatives. One of these is organizing our annual Opportunity Hack--a hackathon focused on solving non-profit's technical problems which open-source, full-stack, innovative solutions. I've participated as a hacker in 2018 and this is my third year as part of the core planning team. Other innovation related things include being an Innovation Ambassador for the Scottsdale site and one of the co-hosts of the Global Brainstorming Series which kicked off in June.
Bhavya is Product Manager in Financial Services at PayPal, leading various initiatives to contribute to PayPal’s mission of democratizing financial services. She comes with extensive experience in Product & Technology leadership, business strategy & growth. She has also hosted hackathons for PayPal and is an active member working with many non-profits that includes domains like payments, e-commerce, education, to name a few. She also has worked at Texas State Health and Human Commission to generate automated food stamps benefits for the financially underserved. She likes building simple and effective, innovative solutions helping non-profits serve the community to make the world a better place.
I have been humbled by great experiences having lived, studied, and worked in 5 different countries, speaking three languages, and learning to engage with people from Tanzanian street hawkers to Swiss middle managers to Chinese diplomatic attachés. I am a product and project manager with over 5 years of experience in digital technology development and consulting services in the U.S., China, and Tanzania. My diverse worldview and global experiences have made me adept at learning, working, teaching, and relating in unfamiliar situations and unknown territories with tact and finesse. In the last three years, I've designed process-oriented techniques to develop product requirements, brand strategies, and competitive analyses to drive value for small and medium-sized companies and their core products. Because of my astute ability to observe the nuances of users' needs, I am able to meaningfully communicate and build digital solutions for clients across national borders. I work best to lead and support fast-moving, outcome-oriented teams of cross-cultural, cross-functional individuals.
I currently lead In-Store payments and commerce strategy helping PayPal build a strong in-store presence. At PayPal, I have helped grow and optimize experiences for Merchant and Developer segments, in both Payments and Commerce areas. I had the privilege of being the first PM to start the PayPal Shopping team, and led it through the acquisitions of Jetlore and Honey. I led the Gift Card portfolio across sales, marketing and ops; a portfolio of products that focused on Unifying our different brands, and most recently led the Merchant Integrations. Prior to PayPal I have built and led teams in startups and large companies in different areas such as advertising, gaming and location services. I hold an MBA and MS in Engineering & CS.
Vamshi Krishna Dasarraju
I am a Program Manager with a background in Logistics, Risk Management, and Fintech. I have a strong passion for Technology and using tech to enhance the world as we live. I enjoy challenges that push me to Think Big and Think Outside the box. I am committed to helping cross-functional teams excel through effective communication, emotional intelligence, and helping them stay organized.
Since, Joining PayPal I was instrumental in transforming Global network foundations into a stable and modern platform. I consistently led with a clear vision and has empowered the team across PayPal to fully leverage the global network capabilities. As PayPal moves into a period of massive scaling, toward 1B daily active users, my job is ensuring that PayPal’s network is ready to support the delightful delivery of PayPal products and services anywhere in the world.
I build technology products. I am currently leading a product management team at PayPal to build commerce products for Small Businesses Over the years, I built products in embedded systems, enterprise software, consumer internet products, and voice/AI products (Alexa). I regularly participate in hack-a-thons. When I worked at Yahoo I was the Yahoo chairperson for Random Hacks of Kindness, a non-profit organization that organized hackathons to build products for good. I also won best hack awards for Yahoo Weather mobile app, which eventually won the Apple Design Award.
5+ years of experience in building Mobile apps developer, I have worked on Android (java, kotlin), and iOS(swift) projects. I worked my way up from a programmer to a lead of mobile development and managed a team of 6. Currently, I'm a Lead Android developer (Kotlin) in the Sberbank team.
1. Teams must be between 3 and 5 people - all team members must either have committed code or worked on your video submission since the start of the hackathon.
2. Winners must have a PayPal account with the account in good standing in order to receive the prize.
3. You must have all code checked into GitHub
4. You must provide a video demo of your work.
Please see the official rules for more details.
$10,000 in prizes
A cash prize to the 1st place team in the amount of $1000; to be split evenly among all team members. Must have a PayPal account to receive transfer of funds.
A cash prize to the 2nd place team in the amount of $600; to be split evenly among all team members. Must have a PayPal account to receive transfer of funds.
A cash prize to the 3rd place team in the amount of $400; to be split evenly among all team members. Must have a PayPal account to receive transfer of funds.
1st Place Statement of Work
PayPal will also award a prize worth $4000 to a team of 3 - 5 team members that will complete the 1st place solution that satisfies the requirements of the Non-Profit representative(s). The solution must be installed at the Non-Profits place of business on or before March 1, 2022. Cloud solutions are also acceptable; provided the Non-Profit has access to the solution and a viable solution for hosting for a minimum of 1 year. The members of the 1st place team identified at the event have first rights of refusal to work on completing the project. Opportunity Hack will solicit interest from event participants interested in completing the 1st place solution in order to fill any vacancies encountered during the completion of the project.
2nd Place Statement of Work
PayPal will also award a prize worth $2400 to a team of 3 - 5 team members that will complete the 2nd place solution that satisfies the requirements of the Non-Profit representative(s). The solution must be installed at the Non-Profits place of business on or before March 1, 2022. Cloud solutions are also acceptable; provided the Non-Profit has access to the solution and a viable solution for hosting for a minimum of 1 year. The members of the 2nd place team identified at the event have first rights of refusal to work on completing the project. Opportunity Hack will solicit interest from event participants interested in completing the 2nd place solution in order to fill any vacancies encountered during the completion of the project.
3rd Place Statement of Work
PayPal will also award a prize worth $1600 to a team of 3 - 5 team members that will complete the 3rd place solution that satisfies the requirements of the Non-Profit representative(s). The solution must be installed at the Non-Profits place of business on or before March 1, 2022. Cloud solutions are also acceptable; provided the Non-Profit has access to the solution and a viable solution for hosting for a minimum of 1 year. The members of the 3rd place team identified at the event have first rights of refusal to work on completing the project. Opportunity Hack will solicit interest from event participants interested in completing the 3rd place solution in order to fill any vacancies encountered during the completion of the project.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
VP Risk Platform, PayPal
Vice President Of Engineering, Commerce and Payments Platforms, PayPal
Senior Android Developer \ Team Lead, Sberbank
Lead Product Manager, PayPal
Senior Software Engineer, Technical Manager, NetCracker Technology
Lead Software Engineer, Sberbank
Manager, Product Management, PayPal
Sr. Director, Global Network Services, PayPal
Software Developer In Test
Vamshi Krishna Dasarraju
Program Manager, PayPal
Sr. Engineering Manager, PayPal
Former Founding Engineer & Tech Lead @ Xendit (YC S15, Stripe for Southeast Asia)
Sr. Director of Product, PayPal
Software Engineer 2, PayPal
Sr. Product Manager 2 - Technical, PayPal
Product Manager 3 - Technical, PayPal
Common Export/Import Format
How easy is it to export/import the data within your system as a CSV? Common data format (CSV) so that it can be easily exported and imported Why CSV? Single most popular database in the world, ensures portability between other systems
Scope of Solution
How big an impact will your solution have on the community? 1. Scale of the problem? 2. Productivity gain? 3. Complexity of problem 4. Has it been done before? 5. Alternative solution? 6. Does it solve the problem?
Good documentation on how to use and setup their system 1. Is there Instructable-level documentation? 2. Is the product easy to use? Is the UI simple/beautiful? 3. Is it easy to understand/navigate through the product?
1. How much work is left? 2. Is this a prototype or a working solution? 3. Can NPOs utilize the solution tomorrow? 4. Auto-deploy capability (e.g. one-click deploy from Heroku) 5. Can this solution be used by more than 1 NPO?
Did you consider security? We are looking for any role-based access controls, OAuth, and proof that usernames/passwords or any personally identifiable information is securely stored