Hack4SocialGood 2024

The Hack4SocialGood is a two-day event bringing those from the social and technology sectors together to help social organizations keep pace with digitalization.

19.04.2024 until 20.04.2024 – Toni Areal, Zurich


The social sector has important needs related to digitization, including software, online tools, and data analytics. Sometimes these needs go unrecognized or there are not enough resources to meet them. At the same time, there are people with technical expertise and resources who could benefit from working with the social sector - from a chance to improve one’s resume to, networking, recruiting, and finding a starting point for long-term projects. But it can also simply be about wanting to help, while also having fun.

This event focused on supporting technical development in the social sector. Collaboration between different disciplines is integral to success. Technical experts with interest in supporting the social sector and social service professionals interested in the digitalization are integral.

The two-day invent begins with an introductory program of talks from academics and professionals followed by group work. More details on the introductory program will be available soon.

The event concludes with a presentation of all the project groups, a jury award, and an audience prize

The Otto Wirz Foundation is sponsoring prize money totalling CHF 4,000

  • One outstanding project will be selected by a jury at Hack4SocialGood and awarded prize money totalling CHF 2,000.
  • BFH students who would like to develop their idea from the hack into a semester or Master's thesis have the opportunity to win a further CHF 2,000. Applications can be submitted directly to Arno Schmidhauser, Head of the Centre for Continuing Education at BFH TI. 

There will be catering, social breaks and a celebration at the event close. Sign up to make the most of the event with us, meet interesting people, learn something new, have stimulating conversations, give something back to society, and just have fun!

Practice organisations with an interest in digital transformation are in demand!

Do you have an initial idea for a digital tool, are you stuck with a software solution or would you simply like to understand your organisation's data better?

Enter your challenge here and describe your concerns or your idea. We will check the entries. In the run-up to the actual event, we will then support you in preparing the event so that you can get the best out of your volunteers. 

To this end, we will be holding a hybrid workshop on 8 March 2024 from 15:00-17:00. Make a note of the date! Challenges can be submitted on an ongoing basis until the challenge workshop on 8 March 2024.

People who want to contribute to improving digitization in the social sector and ensure that it is implemented equitably and fairly.

This includes not only people from the tech sector, but also people from social work, research, and anyone else who is interested.

At the event, we will develop digital solutions for problems or ideas brought to us by social work practice organizations projects (“challenges”). The goal is brainstorming and first prototypes that can ultimately lead to useful new tools.

The social interaction is just as important as the actual work. The event will bring different people together and hopefully provide the opportunity to think creatively about the current challenges of digitalization in the social sector while also having fun.