Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

Hacking4Humanity 2020

Pitt Cyber, the School of Computing and Information, GSPIA’s Ford Institute for Human Security, Pitt Honors College, and Pitt Information Technology are hosting a new kind of hackathon—an intentionally transdisciplinary hackathon.

At Pitt, we believe that no one discipline has a lock on effective solutions to big problems. This is why we host Hacking4Humanity.

Each year, we pick seemingly intractable problems that call out for solutions from across disciplines and unleash students on them. 

Last year students tackled human trafficking. This year’s problem – Digital Disinformation

About the Event

Mass digital dissemination of disinformation is now regularly exploited by bad actors. The private and public sectors are struggling to prevent and recover from disinformation campaigns—and the threat is only growing. Work individually or with a team to come up with a way to address digital disinformation. 

This year, we’re doing things a bit differently to accommodate the virtual environment. Pitt students are invited to submit to one of three competition tracks:

  • Policy proposal: proposal memo that provides an impactful but achievable course of action for a policymaker addressing digital disinformation.
  • Tech proposal: an idea for a tech solution to digital disinformation 
  • Tech in action: a functioning prototype of your idea (app, website, game, etc.) that addresses digital disinformation 


Thank you to our mentor volunteers! 

  • Faris Alotibi, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jamaal Davis, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
  • Jackie Deloplaine, Western PA All Hazards Fusion Center
  • Josh Hyman, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jacob Otto, University of Pittsburgh
  • Stephen Quigley, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jon Shine, University of Pittsburgh
  • David Wright, Nymbus Media



Thank you to this year's judges! 

  • Michael Colaresi, Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh and Research and Academic Director, Pitt Cyber
  • Greg Miaskiewicz, Co-founder and CEO, Capbase
  • Leona Mitchell, Founding Director, Professional Institute, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh
  • Julia Santucci, Senior Lecturer, Intelligence Studies, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
  • Beth Schwanke, Executive Director, Pitt Cyber