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At Opportunity Hack you can network, share ideas and build innovative solutions that enable impact and social innovation! Come with an idea or join a team that will hack solutions for any of the problem statements listed by our partnering nonprofits!

Our Sixth Annual Opportunity Hack will open up soon for all Bay Area participants on Saturday, August 18th and will wrap up on Sunday, August 19th. We invite all the employees of PayPal, students of Coding Dojo and all the local university students to make this year's Opportunity Hack a grand sucess. Check in will be from 8:00 AM until 9:00 AM PST on 18th of Aug. 

At 9:00 AM PST we'll have our opening ceremony followed by keynote address.  

Then the fun begins!  Our non-profits will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to all the participants.  We'll be moving this along quickly so that we can move into team building.  You can bring a whole team, but if you don't, we're pretty good at facilitating team formation.  This is the part of the program that people tend to be the most nervous about, but it all works out.  We've done it successfully a bunch of times and we'll make sure you get hooked up.

Please note that the pitch session will be at 9:30 am and it will only be non-profits pitching ideas. If you have an idea that you have would like to hack at the event for please see the rules around participant submitted ideas. 

11:30 a.m.  It's time to get your Hack On!  You have from now until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday to build and present a working solution of the project!  We will provide meals and snacks and support around the clock.

2:00 p.m. on Sunday it's time to let the keyboard rest.  You'll want to have your project ready for a 5 minute presentation with some Q&A. It’s going to be Theater Style Presentation to the judges. This will be followed by a Happy Hour and then we wrap up. 

Saturday (08/18)

  • 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Participant and NPO registration
  • 9:00 - 9:30 AM Opening Ceremony & Keynote Address
  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM Nonprofit Project Pitches
  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM Team-Project Assignment
  • 11:30 AM Hackathon Begins
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Mentor Checkin, Devpost submission, Git repo submission, Git repo info, project info, team member info submission by mentors to Opportunity Hack Core Team members 
  • 5:00 PM End Of Day Mentor checkin
  • 6:00 PM Dinner
  • 9:00 PM Ice cream, Games
  • 12 AM Pizza
  • HACK THROUGH THE NIGHT - Bring whatever you need to sleep long as it's not a bed.

Sunday (08/19)

  • Midnight: Pizza served
  • 7:00 AM Breakfast
  • 10:30 AM Mentors and NPOs show up and gather with their teams
  • 11 AM Mentor Check-in (Final status)
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Theatre-style Presentation
  • 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Judging/deliberation
  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Happy Hour
  • 4:45 PM Closing
  • 5:00 PM Prizathon!!!

Detailed Agenda



We want to focus on the Saver's experience.


We currently offer instant win games without instant pay! How can we make instant payment a part of the prize claiming flow and share the win socially?

Scenario 1

I’m a saver and I want to get access to my winnings! I’m trying to receive my money.But it’s hard/difficult. Because it’s confusing, slow, limited (payment options), error-prone which makes me feel frustrated, not worth it, distrustful

Scenario 2

I’m an accountant at EARN and I want to dispense winnings to Scratch & Save winners. I’m trying to pay weekly winners but its error prone, time consuming, may trigger audit issues, boring because its manual which makes me feel nervous, frustrated, annoyed, bored.

2.Pacific Community Ventures

1. Small business owners and advisors need a way to connect with their mentor/mentee. They are trying to connect with their mentor/mentee for their kick-off call, but the details are only provided in an email. Sometimes the meetings are scheduled far out in advance. It is hard to remember the details (what day, what time, who calls who, phone number). Small business owners are also not on the computer as much as on their phone. It makes them feel frustrated and disheartened with the process. How could we make the process easier and provide the reminders & call details through the user’s preferred method (email, SMS, phone call)?

2. The Business Advising team at Pacific Community Ventures need a way to get notified of whether a kick-off call between a small business owner and advisor took place. They are trying to collect this data through surveys that get sent out via email 2 weeks after the kick-off call took place. But they have a < 10% survey response rate. Since the surveys get sent out 2 weeks after, the clients could already be disengaged. Not only is there a low response rate but we would also like to learn sooner if the call didn’t happen. The delay in response can make it hard to re-engage users. This makes the team feel frustrated and clients dissatisfied. How could we get a more real-time notification that calls didn’t take place in order to react and take action as soon as possible?

3. Small business owners and advisors need a way to answer the 5 survey questions sent by Pacific Community Ventures. They are trying to respond to the surveys, but the surveys reminders are sent via email and requires the user to log into the website before responding. Some small business owners aren’t on the computer much and prefer using their phone. This is time consuming and can be easily forgotten. However, surveys are critical for the Business Advising program to function effectively, provide quality service and measure the impact of our work. The difficulty makes the clients feel like it’s a waste of time. How could we make it easier for them to respond to surveys?


I'm a current foster youth in my senior year of high school and I want to go to College and ultimately find a good career. I'm trying to find out how to pay the tuition of my college, but I don't know what financial aid and scholarships are available, because I was not given any guidance or information by the foster system or my school district to help me plan for the future. This altogether makes me feel left out and angry. 

Need help building a solution that can help many students like us in future.

The full scope of the idea can be divided into three segments -
1. Build the solution framework - this framework would allow for different features to help foster kids.
2. Develop various resources within the framework including maintaining an inner circle for support, college resources, study partners, transportation, emergency resources for crisis situations.
3. Develop a backend system for data gathering so that the data about foster kids from this framework can be used to make a case for funding of various programs for them.

4.Flourish Savings

Gamify the savings process by creating weekly game campaigns and release in-app coin rewards. The objective is also to educate the audience about savings.

Problem Statement

1) They want to gather new ideas from participants, especially students.

2) They have a rich set of requirements and have laid out detailed game flows,  which they want the participants to help build out.

Scenario 1

I am a 22 year old recent college graduate with a full-time job and I want to be financially independent. I'm trying to cover my major expenses and build a savings fund to cover the unexpected but the problem is I can’t get myself to regularly put money aside, because I don’t feel motivated to work towards something that l don’t know, which makes me feel like I will always just be scraping by.

Scenario 2

I am a recent college graduate with a full-time job who wants to be financially independent and secure so that I don’t have to rely on others and can help my family if needed. I'm trying to cover all my major expenses and be more disciplined at contributing to my emergency savings. But the problem is that engaging with my finances is stressful and I often prefer to use my money towards immediate fun activities. because I lack discipline and motivation to prioritize investing in myself. which makes me feel like savings is just another chore.

5.City of San Jose 

City of San Jose – Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services   

Pitch 1

Community Centers want to have more resident engagement and participation. 

Description: 80% of our current customers are returning, we are looking for better ways to bring in new customers. Community centers provide a wide range of services, classes, and opportunities for residents to connect with one another. We would like to explore ways to engage more residents and incentivize repeat attendance at events and happenings at the Centers. More connections between people will reduce isolation and is fundamental to community building.

Problem Statement/Scenario 1

I am a potential customer and I want to register for a program.I am trying to find a fun, enriching, and convenient program/class,but I have a hard time identifying which programs best suit my needs,


  • I don’t even know what the Community Centers is or offers
  • I am unaware of the value I am receiving
  • The PRNS registration interface is confusing/not intuitive

This makes me feel frustrated and underwhelmed

Pitch 2

Information on parks needs to be shared in a timely manner, into the department, from the department, and between park users.

Description: Due to current methods of communication it may take up to three days for PRNS staff to receive resident concerns regarding park issues.  Also, there is currently no method to update users on status of concerns or closures on a large scale basis in real time.

Problem statement/Scenario 1

I am a parent who wants to know why the slide is missing from my park and when it will be replaced.And I want to know what the City is doing and why.I am trying to have an enjoyable experience for my child.But there is no slide and I don’t know when it will be fixed.Because nobody has provided me with concrete detailed information.Which makes me feel Frustrated, Angry. Unimportant. 

Problem statement/Scenario 2

I am a 75 year old female who walks my dog in the park daily. And I want the sidewalks to be safe so I do not trip and break a hip.I am trying to make sure the City fixes hazards in the walkway.But I don’t know the status of my complaint or when it will be resolved.Because the City takes forever to get back to me and to make repairs.Which makes me feel angry

Pitch 3

Sports fields are not being maximized due to the inability to access the availability of fields/time slots.

Description: Currently the program being used does not have the capability for the leagues or public to search for available sports fields.

Problem statement/Scenario 1

I am a San Jose resident who would like to reserve a sports field in my neighborhood.I am trying to find the availability status.But I can't find a way to access that.Because there isn't a system or program. Which makes me feel frustrated.

Problem statement/Scenario 2

I am a San Jose sports league who passes by a sports field that is often empty.And I would to be able to check availability .But the City does not offer an online program to do so.Because I have teams in desperate need of a practice as soon as possible.Which makes me feel disappointed. 

Please keep checking for more here and on SLACK

We will update more information in the coming days. Please check this space later this week for more updates on Keynote Speaker and Judges.


Please bring your employee badge / Valid ID Card along while coming onsite for the event.

For rest of the information,See official rules.


  1. A team should comprise of 4-5 members.
  2. All members of team should have registered on DevPost and should be added to the project submission.
  3. Links to GitHub, and video or presentation must be included in project submission.
  4. At least two members of team should be present in person to present a demo to the judges.

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$6,000 in prizes

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. At this time, Opportunity Hack San Jose is open to Bay Area Hackers.
  2. Join Opportunity Hack San Jose on DevPost.
  3. Come to the event with a team or we will help you build a team of like minded folks. 
  4. Bring along a photo id while registering at the hack.


Hemal Doshi

Hemal Doshi
Technology Leader and Entrepreneur, leading Personal Payments at PayPal

Brian Beck

Brian Beck
Senior Manager, Professional Services Engineering at PayPal

Richard Sinn

Richard Sinn
Senior Software Development Manager at Adobe

Jay Pecot

Jay Pecot
Community Relations Manager

Judging Criteria

  • Scope
    How big an impact will your solution have on the community? Key things that are important are * Scale of the problem being solved * Potential reach * Productivity gains - 10 points
  • Presentation
    In order to be successful you need to be able to demonstrate and market your solution so that it can succeed long term– 10 points
  • Innovation
    Displaying innovative solutions to the problems. Do you solve the problem in a novel way? Can you create a solution that is cohesive across different areas or technologies? - 10 points
  • Accessible by the Target User Base
    It’s crucial that the target user base actually has access to the technology in question. Can you articulate the capabilities and limitations of your userbase? Does your product fit within those capabilities or work around them? - 10 points
  • Implementable
    The projects need to be able to move from "proof-of-concept" to working project. Is your architecture and technology extendable by others? Can the project be tuned to meet different or changing needs?– 10 points
  • Open Source Software
    Open source solutions allow for a wider variety of contributors to be able to improve, extend and build upon. Does your project leverage open source software or libraries? Is your project in github? – 10 points
  • Cover all categories
    All teams must get atleast 1 point in all the above categories. Getting a 0 in any one category will mean they are not eligible to win

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