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

Sign up to be notified when registration opens on September 28

Hacks due October 18 at 11:45pm

For information on sponsorships, please contact Beth Schwanke at


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 

Additional information will be available on our DevPost site, including submission templates and requirements, when registration opens. 

Volunteer as a Mentor

Mentors are resources for students and will help individuals and teams using their technical or subject matter (disinformation) expertise.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out this brief survey and someone will be in touch! More information is available here.