Announcing Hacking4Humanity 2020 Winners

Today, Pitt Cyber, the School of Computing and Information, GSPIA’s Ford Institute for Human Security, Pitt IT, and the Honors College announced the winners of Hacking4Humanity 2020

Hacking4Humanity is Pitt’s annual multidisciplinary hackathon and was launched in 2019, with a focus on human trafficking. This year, participants in the virtual hackathon were asked to develop a solution for mitigating digital disinformation. Pitt students were invited to compete in three tracks: 

  • Tech Proposal:  propose a tech solution concept to combat disinformation  
  • Tech in Action:  develop a functioning prototype of a tech solution to mitigate disinformation  
  • Policy Proposal:  create an impactful but achievable course of action for a policymaker to address disinformation. 

The 2020 Hacking4Humanity winners are: 

Tech Proposal 

Digital Deception – a story-based video game to teach players to identify and mitigate disinformation 

Hannah Mencer, Undergrad, School of Computing and Information, 2024 

Tech in Action 

Metis – a people-powered platform targeting disinformation 

Guangrui Wang, Undergrad, School of Computing and Information, 2020 

Policy Proposal (tie) 

AI-Generated Disinformation – a proposal to the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US House Energy Subcommittee on Communications and Technology 

Alex Zharichenko, Undergrad, School of Computing and Information; Hayden Stec, Undergrad, School of Computing and Information


Addressing Disinformation on Twitter – a proposal to Twitter on mitigating disinformation 

Briana Wipf, Third year PhD student, English Department, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts &Sciences, 2023 

Congratulations to all of the participants! Many thanks to the judges, mentors, and other experts who provided their time to this year's hackathon. Thank you to Pitt's Year of Creativity for its support.


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