Hacking for Trust

Social Impact Hackathon: Powered by Impact Plus, Polygon, and Georgetown University

  • 95 Participants
  • 70,150 Invested
  • 0 Uninvested


  • Social Good & Impact
  • Blockchain
  • International Affairs


  1. Define and explain your social problem 

  2. Propose a solution to your social problem using Web3 technology

  3. Develop a code or an algorithm that supports your solution

  4. Develop a monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning plan for your solution

  5. Present your project to the judging panel for assessment

Submissions Process

On the 30th of April, the participants will have to publish their project on the platform. These projects are comprised of:

  • Code on Polygon submitted as a public Github repository according to the hackathon deadlines

  • Video/Slide Presentation with audio about the project 

  •  MEAL Checklist

Each team may only submit one project each. 

All projects must be created from scratch during the course of the Hacking for Trust event. 

All the attachments, video, and resources with more than 15Mb might be uploaded to external websites like (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) and provided as links in the project description.

In the case of difficulty or failure to read the deliverable, Innovators from these Projects will be notified and are responsible for re-submitting before the step’s end date. If the deadline is passed, the Project at hand will be disqualified from the Challenge.

Innovators guarantee that the content of the Project consists only of their Team’s contributions and none others. 

By participating in the challenge, you agree to the Impact Plus Code of Conduct

Evaluation Matrix Criteria

Welcome to the hackathon! We are excited to see the innovative and impactful solutions that you will create. In order to ensure a fair and thorough evaluation process, we have established the following criteria that will guide the judging process.

This document provides an overview of the evaluation matrix that will be used to assess and score projects during the Hackathon on MEAL for Blockchain for Social Impact. The matrix consists of two main dimensions: 

- Social Impact Analysis and MEAL (50 points). 

- Technical Solutions (50 points) 

The scoring system is designed to evaluate each project's potential to address the identified challenges and create meaningful social impact.

Dimension 1: Social Impact Analysis and MEAL (50 points)

This dimension focuses on the alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), target population, impact goals, gender and inclusion criteria, and MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning) standards. It is divided into four sections:

1. Alignment with SDGs, Target Population, and Impact Goals (20 points). This section assesses the solution's alignment with the SDGs, its effectiveness in addressing the target population's needs, and the clarity of its impact goals.

2. MEAL Standards, Implementation Potential, and Continuous Improvement (20 points). This section assesses the solution's potential for implementation, its adherence to MEAL standards for continuous improvement, and its ability to incorporate feedback and lessons learned.

3. Gender, Inclusion, and Ethical Considerations (10 points). This section evaluates the solution's ability to ensure equitable access and opportunities for all, and how effectively it addresses ethical concerns.

Dimension 2: Technical Solutions (50 points). 

These evaluation criteria are designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of each project, ensuring that winning solutions are both innovative and technically proficient while effectively implementing blockchain/Web3 technologies, demonstrating scalability, sustainability, and addressing security concerns.

1. Technical Proficiency and Innovation (20 points). This criterion measures the team's ability to address a complex technical problem and their capacity to demonstrate creativity and innovation in their solution. A higher score reflects a higher level of proficiency and innovation.

2. Implementation of Blockchain/Web3 Technologies on Polygon and Code Quality (20 points). This criterion evaluates the team's effective utilization of Polygon technologies in their solution, as well as the quality of the submitted code or algorithm. A higher score indicates better integration of technologies and higher code quality.

3. Scalability, Sustainability, and Security (10 points). This criterion evaluates the project's approach to addressing scalability, long-term sustainability, and security and privacy concerns. A higher score reflects a well-thought-out plan and a strong understanding of these aspects, showcasing the project's potential for growth, sustainability, and secure execution.

Scoring Levels:

- Advanced: The solution demonstrates a high level of proficiency and effectiveness in the given section.

- Skilled: The solution shows a good level of proficiency and addresses most of the requirements in the given section.

- Developing: The solution exhibits a basic level of proficiency and addresses some of the requirements in the given section.

- Novice: The solution lacks proficiency and fails to address the requirements in the given section.

Participants and judges should use this evaluation matrix as a guide to develop and assess projects during the hackathon. The goal is to encourage the creation of innovative, user-centric, and contextually appropriate blockchain solutions that have the potential to make a significant social impact.

Code of Conduct

As a participant in this hackathon, I agree to:

  • Respect and value the diversity of all participants, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, and ability.

  • Use language and behavior that is inclusive, respectful, and free from any form of harassment, discrimination, or bullying.

  • Recognize that all ideas and intellectual property shared during the hackathon belong to the team or individual who presented them, and not to any other participant or organization.

  • Obtain permission before sharing or using any ideas, code, or materials created during the hackathon outside of the team.

  • Use open-source tools and resources whenever possible and give credit to their creators.

  • Conduct myself in a professional manner and be respectful of the event organizers, judges, and volunteers.

  • Comply with all event rules, guidelines, and safety protocols.

  • Acknowledge that any violation of this code of conduct may result in disqualification from the hackathon.

  • Discretion Clause: As a participant in this hackathon, I agree to use the Impact Plus internal reporting mechanisms ([email protected])  to report any incidents that occur within the hackathon. I understand that failure to utilize these mechanisms may result in a breach of this code of conduct and may impact my future participation in Impact Plus events.

  • This clause emphasizes the importance of using the internal reporting mechanisms provided by Impact Plus to report any incidents that occur during the hackathon. It also states that failure to use these mechanisms may result in a breach of the code of conduct and could impact future participation in Impact Plus events. This clause encourages participants to take an active role in maintaining a safe and respectful environment during the hackathon.

By accepting this code of conduct, I commit to upholding these principles and contributing to a safe, welcoming, and productive environment for all participants.