ABOUT

HACK FOR GLOBAL GOOD

By Student. For Students.

Hack For Global Good is a hackathon created in 2017 by two high school students from Rocky Hill Country Day School, Cortlandt Meyerson ‘20 and Ben Pogacar ‘20. Their goal was to unite public and private schools across Rhode Island to solve local and global problems while incorporating innovation and entrepreneurship alongside real-world mentors, experts, and policy leaders.

The purpose of this hackathon is to offer high school students an experiential learning opportunity focused on citizenship, innovation, and entrepreneurship to tackle a real-world problem. Each year, student organizers from Rocky Hill Country Day, alongside student ambassadors from our partner schools, designate the next global problem.

Students are placed into teams for this interactive event to brainstorm a bold solution to a U.N. Global Challenge and ‘pitch’ their novel idea to industry Judges.

2 Weeks

Virtual Event!

UN

Global

Challenge

Rhode Island

Statewide

Hackathon

“I want to see a change in our
culture to be more
environmentally minded that will
lead to ‘green’ innovations”

Cortlandt Meyerson,
Hack the Power Founder & RHCD Class 2020

“There are many very real
problems in this world and I
believe that it only takes a few
people to make a long lasting
impact”

Ben Pogacar,
Hack the Power Founder & RHCD Class 2020

GO BIG. GO BOLD.
No more.  No Less.
Then think even bigger!

WHAT

A social good hackathon is a gathering event for all doers committed to solving important problems in the world. The event is limited in time and scope, with the ultimate purpose to discover new and effective ways to overcome an existing hurdle.

WHO

Rhode Island high school students in grade 9-12.  All expertise needed: creatives, writers, techies and athletes—all working together to identify a solution to the proposed topic. No coding or prior Hackathon experience required!

What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is a time-bound competitive event, lasting 24-48 hours, where diverse individuals collaborate to create a new product or solve a critical problem.

Hackathon is a blend of two words: “hack” and “marathon” – taking apart a difficult problem and prototyping a solution in a specific period of time.

The goal of a community hackathon is to expand on the group’s collective imagination, network, access, and expertise in order to find new solutions to a real world challenge.

Goals

To launch a statewide initiative that exposes high school students to 21st Century skills during a real world scenario.

To develop learning modules that incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship exposing RI students to new ideas, opportunities, and an innovator’s mindset.

The goal is to come up with
the most creative and
imaginative idea to solve
a real-world problem.

Goals

The goal is to come up with the most creative and imaginative idea to solve a real-world problem.

To launch a statewide initiative that exposes high school students to 21st Century skills during a real world scenario.

To develop learning modules that incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship exposing RI students to new ideas, opportunities, and an innovator’s mindset.

STUDENT GOALS

To have fun and learn
something new

To meet student peers and
industry leaders

To work on things
that matter

STUDENT GOALS

To have fun and learn something new

To meet student peers and industry leaders

To work on things that matter

AWARDS

Moonshot Idea

The “Moonshot Idea” award is given to the team with the most audacious and groundbreaking idea, impacting RI and the world (does not have to be possible in the immediate present). This teams shoots for the moon!

Global Impact

The “Global Impact” award is given to the team that presents a bold and broad solution, capable of impacting the most amount of people on planet earth.

Best Pitch

The “Best Pitch” award goes to the team that best articulates the problem, identifies a clear solution, and delivers a powerful presentation or “pitch” to the Judges in Star-like fashion.

Student Benefits

  • 24 hours real-world experience to discover and test your ideas
  • Entrepreneurial and leadership workshops
  • Access to global experts, mentors and judges to build your professional network
  • A digital badge or micro-credential to build your resume
  • A chance to pitch your idea to industry experts or prototype your solution
  • A chance to intern at a local company with a social good mission

Student Benefits

  • 24 hours real-world experience to discover and test your ideas
  • Entrepreneurial and leadership workshops
  • Access to global experts, mentors and judges to build your professional network
  • A digital badge or micro-credential to build your resume
  • A chance to pitch your idea to industry experts or prototype your solution
  • A chance to intern at a local company with a social good mission

SKILLS DEVELOPED

Based on feedback from participants, the Top 5 skills students developed during the hackathon were:

Teamwork &
Collaborations

Problem
Solving

Presentation
Skills

Ideation

Networking

SKILLS DEVELOPED

Based on feedback from participants, the Top 5 skills students developed during the hackathon were:

Teamwork &
Collaborations

Problem
Solving

Presentation
Skills

Ideation

Networking

HACK ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Lucia Caito

Co-Chair H4GG 2020

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Drew Tamourini

Co-Chair H4GG 2020

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Brandon Feliz

Co-Chair Ambassadors Program

The Met School

Giselle Virga

Co-Chair Ambassadors Program

The Wheeler School

Garett Corsi

Co-Chair, Business Development

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Alex Greim

Co-Chair, Business Development

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Jordan Lanowy

Co-Chair, Business Development

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Lexi Cote

Co-Chair Marketing

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Jayci Izzi

Co-Chair, Marketing

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Troy Johnson

Co-Chair, Production

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Lily Kutcher

Co-Chair, Production

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Chase Schulte

Co-Chair Sustainability

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Alejandro Wu

Co-Chair, Tech & UX

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Jasper Summers

Marketing

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Cole Brown

Production

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Skye Connell

Production

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Thomas Fitzgerald

Production

Rocky Hill Country Day School

George Gabro

Production

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Santino Izzi

Production

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Alex Lehouiller

Production

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Ben Liebermensch

Production

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Jiaya Bessie Yang

Tech & Ux

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Diane Rich

Head of School

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Susan Fonseca-Lanham

Global Impact Adviser

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Meg Stowe

Director of Innovation

Rocky Hill Country Day School

2020 JUDGES

Michael Allio

Founder / Owner
Food Innovation Nexus (FIX)

Kim Anderson

Founder / Managing Partner
Plant City / Everhope Capital

Chef Eli Dunn

Founder / Owner
Eli's Kitchen

Marta Gomez-Chiarri

College of Environmental
and Life Sciences
University of Rhode Island

Rebeca Hwang

Partner, Kalei Ventures
Professor of Practice,
Thunderbird School of Global Management

Diane Lynch

Board Chair
RI Food Policy Council

Owen Lynch

Co-Founder and
Executive Director
Restorative Farms

Joshua Neubert

Chief Executive Officer,
Institute of Competition Sciences

Tuni Schartner

Executive Director
Venture Cafe

Andrew Schiff

Executive Director /
Chief Executive Officer,
Rhode Island Community
Food Bank

Jeff Wilhelm

Founder / CEO
Infused Innovations

2020 MENTORS

Eva Agudelo

Founder
Hope's Harvest

Jeff Ellis

Marine Geologist / Surveyor
Retired

Terry Gold

Founder
D6 Research

Jessica Hanley

Foreperson
Natureworks

Alesha Hartley

Food Systems Research Fellow
RI Food Policy Council

Steve Heath

Founder
Fab Newport

Matt Hird

Brand Director
Impact Snacks

Igor Kharitonenkov

Co-Founder
Bootstrap Compost

Teagan Lehrmann

Program Development
DesignxRI

Ailsa Petrie

Design Researcher
People Rocket

Kaitlyn Reed

Zero Waste Coordinator
Clean Ocean Access

Keith Renaldi

Chief Innovation Officer
Fab Newport

Nicky Roberts

Graduate Student
URI - Humphries Lab
for Coastal Sustainability

Lauren Savoia

Art Director / Artist, Educator, Creative Strategist
Boys and Girls Club of New Bedford & Cardinal Spellman High School

Tara Stanley

Org. Management &
Talent Development
Formerly Kraft Foods

Kristie Stark

Graphic Designer
Stark Group

Julia Vierira

Coastal Fellow -
Native Pollinators
URI

Tara Stanley

Org. Management & Talent Development
Formerly Kraft Foods

Kristie Stark

Graphic Designer
Stark Group

Julia Vierira

Coastal Fellow -
Native Pollinators
URI