Do you want to make Amherst a better place? Do you have an interest in sustainability and AI technology? Want to win a $25 Amazon gift card? Then sign up for the first ever Amherst College social hackathon. Best described as an “invention marathon”, a hackathon is an intensely collaborative event where individuals or teams come together to develop actionable solutions to specific challenges or problems. Anyone who has an interest in sustainability or technology can attend a hackathon to learn, build & share their projects over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. We are calling this a “Social Hackathon” to encourage individuals from non-STEM backgrounds to join in the competition. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science to participate so grab your friends and join in on the fun! 

For 24 hrs, work together in a team to build and pitch a project to help make Amherst more sustainable. We will have snacks and a catered dinner as well as access to ChatGPT-4. The hackathon will be hosted in the Science Center in partnership between the Office of Sustainability, AI in the Liberal Arts, and the CS clubs from 5 PM on December 1st to 5 PM on December 2nd. 

Sign-ups are due November 25.