DivHacks 2022
Major League Hacking 2023 Hackathon Season

SEPT 23-24


DivHacks, founded in 2017, is Columbia University's premier student-led annual diversity hackathon. Over the past four years, DivHacks has welcomed attendees from all over the tri-state area. We strive to create an empowering and inspirational space for students who are historically underrepresented in the tech industry.
Our goal is an experience that not only reimagines what diversity should look like in the tech industry but gives students the tools to use technology to implement change.



What is DivHacks?
Our hackathon is an awesome 36-hour long in-person event hosted at Columbia University where people come together to design something new and bring it to life! There will be lots of learning and workshops, fun games, speakers, and prizes for you to enjoy throughout the event!
Who can attend DivHacks?
DivHacks welcomes anyone who is currently a college student, both undergraduate or graduate! We are trying to provide a safe and empowering space for students who identify as part of an underrepresented group in tech, but we welcome everyone who feels they would benefit from this type of space! If you feel this hackathon in not right for you as a hacker, but you would like to participate in some other way as a mentor, workshop leader, or volunteer, please contact us!
Do I need prior experience?
Not at all! You do not have to have any experience or even be a CS major. DivHacks welcomes people of all skill levels, and that includes those who are interested in learning. Throughout the hackathon, there will be workshops aimed towards beginners in different areas including workshops for those with no prior programming experience at all. This year, we especially hope to focus on creating tracks that even people without any experience can leave the event with a project!
Do I need a team to sign up?
You do not need to have a team or idea in mind before signing up for DivHacks! If you have a team already, that's great! Please indicate that on your form. Teams can be a maximum of 4 people. We will also host a team building event if you prefer to find people independently!
Will there be food and swag?
Yes! We have organized catering for all participants, and swag will be available at booths set up onsite!
Do I have to submit a project?
No, feel free to come to attend workshops, hang out with other hackers, and listen to speakers.
Can I volunteer to help out?
Yes! If you want to be a mentor, lead a workshop, or help out elsewhere, please apply!
I have other questions...
Please email us at cu.divhacks@gmail.com if you have any additional questions!


Institutional Sponsors


Sunil Agrawal

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Sunil M. Agrawal is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Rehabilitation Medicine at Columbia University and a pioneering researcher in robotics. As an author of 450 papers, his research focuses on innovative robots that help humans re-learn and improve functional movements. At Columbia, he directs the Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Laboratory, where they help people with stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and others. Along with rehabilitative robotics, Dr. Agrawal's research interests include dynamics and control, differential flatness, and optimization.

Julia Hirschberg

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Julia Hirschberg is Percy K. and Vida L. W. Hudson Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University (department chair from 2012-2018). She previously worked at Bell Laboratories and AT&T Labs on text-to-speech synthesis (TTs) and then created the first HCI Research Department. She has worked for diversity for many years at AT&T and Columbia. She studies speech and NLP, currently TTS, false information on social media and its intent, multimodal humor, radicalization in videos, and deceptive, trusted, emotional, charismatic, and empathetic speech.

Lauren Klein

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Lauren Klein is Winship Distinguished Research Professor and Associate Professor in the departments of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods at Emory University, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab. She is the author of An Archive of Taste: Race and Eating in the Early United States (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) and, with Catherine D’Ignazio, Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2020). With Matthew K. Gold, she edits Debates in the Digital Humanities, a hybrid print-digital publication stream that explores debates in the field as they emerge.

Applications for DivHacks 2022 are now closed! See you next year!