Hackathon for Good

6/03/2021 - 6/05/2021 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST Virtual

48 hours

  • Corporate
  • Early Stage
  • Growth Stage

We’re in need of non-tech and technical minds to create an empowering digital solution to help underserved youth share their voices and realize their dreams. Sign up as a single participant or as a team for a 48 hour innovation sprint to make a difference in our community and win cash prizes!
Presented by State Farm.

State Farm Neighborhood of Good®

State Farm Neighborhood of Good® – State Farm®

For nearly a century, State Farm has worked and lived in thousands of neighborhoods across America. Their business is built on the idea of helping people. Over all this time, it’s stayed at the core of who they are and what they’re about. So, when neighborhoods need help, they can count on State Farm to step up for them – just like they do for their customers. This is why State Farm has selected the True Star Foundation, an organization that’s making a difference in the lives of young people right here in Chicago. 

The why

True Star Foundation operates a unique model that holds weekly after-school, in-school, and summer job training programs in which students learn how to create, develop, and market digital content on platforms that empower them to forge their own paths. True Star is helping young people see the remarkable value they are to the community by championing their voices and valuing their perspectives.

95% of the Black and LatinX youth involved in True Star Foundation come from under-resourced communities. When a student takes part in their programs, they develop and strengthen their voice, cultivate their creativity, and get real-work experience. By providing these opportunities, we can drive positive change in our neighborhoods.

The problem statement 💡

Design, architect, and develop a cost-effective technical solution to serve and connect with more youth in ways that will empower them to share their voice, discover their path, and realize their dreams. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges made up of leaders from the Chicago tech community. Sign up today!

Make an impact

This is your chance to use your innovation skills to benefit our community. Help us empower youth to find their pathway and create their success stories. 

Go solo

If you’re passionate about solving problems, join this Hackathon as a solo registrant. You may even join a team at any time!

Join as a team

Buddy up and build your solution with friends, colleagues, or as a company team! We welcome teams of up to 6 people. 

Winners get cash

Ready to sweeten the deal? 1st and 2nd place winners of the event will receive a share of $10,000!

Hosted by

1871 is hosting a Hackathon for Good sponsored by State Farm with the mission of bringing together all our communities to make a difference by way of inclusive innovation.

Event breakdown 📅

Day 1: June 3

Opening Ceremony

04:00 PM

Team Formation

4:30 PM

Hacking Begins

5:00 PM

Day 2: June 4

Team Q+A

4:00 PM


5:00 PM

True Star 101

6:00 PM

Day 3: June 5

Team Check-In

9:00 AM

Mentor Office Hours

10:00 AM


10:30 AM

True Star 101

11:00 AM

Present Solutions

1:00 PM


2:30 PM

Closing Ceremony

3:30 PM

Real life empowerment 💪

The stories below are a demonstration of the work True Star does for the Chicago’s youth community.

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