GlobalHack VI

Chaifetz Arena / Saint Louis, MO / October 21-23, 2016

Building software that matters.

GlobalHack VI will bring together software developers, graphic designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs from around the world to solve a single civic technology problem centered around homelessness. Hundreds of participants across youth, collegiate, and pro divisions will work in teams to solve this problem by building software solutions over the course of an entire weekend. $1 million in cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams, including $250,000 in follow-on funds that will be used to take the most promising prototypes generated at the event to market. GlobalHack VI will be held Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO, on the campus of Saint Louis University.

The Project

Homelessness is a global problem begging for a solution. And while there are many factors that contribute to homelessness — poverty, education, race, and mental health — we know that without better-coordinated services for homeless citizens, it’s difficult for us to make a difference. GlobalHack VI will work to solve this issue, by challenging teams to create software that helps agencies like the St. Patrick Center and other service providers better answer the question – how can we do more with less?

About the
St. Patrick Center

The mission of the St. Patrick Center is to help individuals and families move from homelessness to independence in dignified, cost-effective and permanent ways. This approach transforms our clients as well as our entire community. Learn more at

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GlobalHack VI Schedule

  1. Friday
    1. 12:00 PM Participant check-in begins
    2. 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM Team Formation
    3. 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Opening Ceremony
    4. 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Friday Dinner
    5. 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM Team Formation
    6. 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Homelessness Agency Panel
    7. 10:00 PM Participant Check-In Closes
  2. Saturday
    1. 1:00 AM Team Check-In. Each team will need to create a profile on DevPost and add their team members by this time.
    2. 7AM - 7:30 AM Morning Run
    3. 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM Saturday Breakfast
    4. 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 'Grok' Your Customer and Hack Your Team, presented by Amitech
    5. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM OCI Workshop
    6. 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Saturday Lunch
    7. 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Afternoon Yoga
    8. 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Afternoon Snack Provided by Bullhorn
    9. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Saturday Dinner
    10. 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM Debugging Demos
    11. 11:30 PM to midnight Dance Party
  3. Sunday
    1. 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM Sunday Breakfast
    2. 9:00 AM Pencils down, final projects must be submitted via DevPost
    3. 10:00 AM Project Expo / Round 1 Judging Begins
    4. 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Oh So Vivant Photobooth
    5. 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM Sunday Brunch
    6. 12:00 PM Round 2 Judging Begins
    7. 1:30 PM Project Expo / Judging Ends
    8. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Closing Ceremony
    9. 4:00 PM Event Closes, Participants Dismissed
    10. 4:30 PM Buses Arrive

Let's talk about the prizes...

A total of $1 million  in cash prizes will be awarded for GlobalHack VI. $750,000 of the total will be spent on award winners, and $250,000 will be reserved for project implementation. Prizes will be awarded to the top five teams in the following divisions: Youth, College, and Pro. From the three (3) first place teams in each category, an additional $150,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to the highest scoring team.

Best Team Spirit Prize

A prize of $2,500 will be awarded to the team that displays the Best Team Spirit. Team costumes or uniforms, posts to GlobalHack Facebook and Twitter accounts, and offering to help beginner teams are all fantastic ways to win points in this category.

Follow-On Funding Pool

$250,000 in follow-on grants will be set aside for individuals or teams who would like to work on implementing the top prototypes built at GlobalHack VI. We will have more information about this process closer to the event.

Prize Total:

Division Prizes

Place Youth College Pro
1st Place $50,000 $100,000 $125,000
2nd Place $25,000 $50,000 $100,000
3rd Place $10,000 $25,000 $50,000
4th Place $5,000 $15,000 $25,000
5th Place $2,500 $5,000 $10,000

Getting Here

Chaifetz Arena

1 S Compton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63103

Partnering Hotels


Chase Park Plaza

212 Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 633-3000

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Parkway Hotel

4550 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 256-7777 and ask for Group ID #7091

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Drury Inn Union Station

201 S 20th St, St. Louis, MO 63103
1-800-325-0720 and ask for Group #2272836

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Pear Tree Inn Union Station

2211 Market St, St. Louis, MO 63103
1-800-325-0720 and ask for Group #2272833

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Hotel Ignacio

3411 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63103

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Travel tips

To and From Chaifetz Arena

Please be advised parking is limited at Chaifetz. We highly encourage you to take the shuttles from one of the hotels, taxi, or rideshare service.


From Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

  • UberX $30 estimated fare, may not be available directly from airport.
  • Taxi $40 estimated fare.
  • St. Louis MetroLink* $4 one-way if leaving from the airport.

* Get off at Grand stop and hail an Uber or Taxi if you are headed to the venue. Most of our partner hotels are located within a few minutes of Chaifetz Arena.

Bus Transportation to St. Louis

At this time, we will not be providing travel reimbursements to GlobalHack VI. However, we are arranging for bus transportation from a few select cities and schools. You may reserve your spot on any one of these buses for an additional $20.

Pickup Location

1871 Chicago
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212
Chicago, IL 60654

Bus departs Chicago on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM. Arrives in St. Louis around 3:00 PM.

Bus departs St. Louis on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 4:30 PM. Arrives in Chicago around 11:30 PM.

Ames + Iowa City
Pickup Location #1

Iowa State University Department of Computer Science
226 Atanasoff Hall
Ames, IA 50011

Pickup Location #2

University of Iowa College of Engineering
3100 Seamans Center
Iowa City, IA 52242

Bus departs Ames, IA on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:00 AM. Makes a stop in Iowa City, IA at 9:00AM. Arrives in St. Louis around 4:00 PM.

Bus departs St. Louis on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 4:30 PM. Arrives in Iowa City, IA around 11:30 PM. Arrives in Ames, IA around 1:30 AM (early Monday morning).

International Attendees

VISA Letter Requests

Visa letters are available upon request to registered attendees with confirmed travel. Email and include:

  • Full name
  • Country of citizenship
  • Country of residence
  • Dates of travel to the US
Travel Information

Please visit for important information about international travel to the United States.

GlobalHack VI FAQ - General

What is GlobalHack VI?

GlobalHack VI will bring together software developers, graphic designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs from around the world to solve a single civic technology problem centered around homelessness. Hundreds of participants across youth, collegiate, and pro divisions will work in teams to solve this problem by building software solutions over the course of an entire weekend. $1 million in cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams, including $250,000 in follow-on funds that will be used to take the most promising prototypes built at the event to market.

When and where will the hackathon be held?

GlobalHack VI will be held Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, 2016, at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO, on the campus of Saint Louis University.

Who can attend GlobalHack VI?

We welcome software developers, front-end and UX designers, project managers and other technologists of all technical skill levels to compete at GlobalHack VI.

Why should I attend GlobalHack VI?

1. Networking: Hackathons attract individuals and organizations who are passionate about software and technology. Participants are able to actively network both within and outside their team, especially with the event sponsors, many of which are looking to recruit technical talent at the event. If you’re looking for a new job or career opportunity in tech, you’ll likely find one (or several) at GlobalHack VI.

2. Improve Your Skills: If you’re just learning how to code, hackathons are a great way to put your skills to the test in a contained environment by solving real-world problems over a set amount of time. Hackathons provide you with relevant experience and context to know how a team can work with an idea and develop a product as a result.

3. Perks + Prizes: Outside of an event t-shirt and other sponsor giveaways, we’re putting up serious prizes for the top teams in the form of cold, hard cash. We’ll be awarding $1 million in total cash prizes through GlobalHack VI, which stands to be the largest civic-focused hackathon in the world.

What does my admission cover?

We will provide wifi, (5) meals, event t-shirt, and workspace (long tables + power strips) for the entire weekend. Drinks are included with every meal. You may purchase additional snacks and drinks at the arena in the concession area. A number of our sponsors will also be providing their own perks and company swag.

What do I need to bring to the hackathon?

All attendees are required to bring a valid ID for admission. Laptops, chargers, sleeping bags, and toiletries are highly recommended.

Do I have to work on site?

You do not have to remain on site the whole weekend, but who wouldn’t want to hack in an arena? However, you do need to check in on-site before the 10:00 p.m. CST Friday deadline in order to be eligible for the competition. You are responsible for making all deadlines regardless of where you choose to hack. You will need to have at least one member of your team present your demo at during judging on Sunday.

What are workspaces like?

For GlobalHack VI, we’ll be setting up long rows of rectangular tables for participants. Each row will be provided with plenty of power strips to plug in your various devices. We will be providing large paper & markers for teams, but will not be providing whiteboards. You will not have access to private workspaces or conference rooms. There will be some tables and chairs provided on the concourse at Chaifetz Arena to talk and strategize with your team.

What can’t I bring?

You may not bring firearms or other weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, or animals (except service animals). All of these prohibited items are included in the GlobalHack Code of Conduct, with the associated consequences.

Not sure I want to participate, can I volunteer?

Absolutely! We have a variety of volunteer roles and shifts before and during the event. For more information and to sign up for a volunteer slot, visit

I’m a member of the press. How can I find more information?

If you’re a reporter who writes about technology, hackathons, or related topics, please contact us at

I’m not a US citizen or resident. Is a visa required to attend GlobalHack VI?

Please check with your local government on the documents required for your travel to the US. You can also go to the Getting Here section for additional travel details.

I'm traveling from outside the US. Will GlobalHack provide a visa letter to confirm I am attending GlobalHack VI ?

You can receive a visa letter by email by sending a request to Please include “VISA LETTER” in the subject line and be sure to include your full name, country of citizenship, country of residence and dates of travel to the US.

Where can I find the Official Rules for GlobalHack VI?

You can check out the Official Rules for GlobalHack VI on our website. For updates or announcements for our Official Rules, be sure to check out our DevPost page for the event.

What food/drinks are you providing at GlobalHack VI?

A total of five (5) meals are included with participant admission to GlobalHack VI: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner, Sunday breakfast, and brunch. Upon check-in, you’ll receive five tickets that correspond to each meal. You’ll trade in your ticket to the Chaifetz staff in order to get your meal. All meals are served over a strict two-hour window. A variety of snacks and additional drinks will be available for purchase at Chaifetz Arena. Red Bull will be sponsoring the event and providing energy drinks throughout the weekend. Please consider bringing some additional spending money to spend on drinks and snacks at the venue. Not all meals are gluten-free, so if you have gluten or other food-related allergies, please plan on bringing your own food or arranging for meals throughout the weekend.

How do I get to GlobalHack VI from the airport?
  • Get on I-70 East heading away from the airport and merge onto I-170 S
  • When I-170 ends, head east towards St. Louis on I-64 E / US-40 E
  • Take exit 37A for Bernard Street.
  • Turn left onto South Compton Street.
What are the key deadlines?

12:00 PM: Participant check-in begins
6:00 p.m. Coding begins after kick-off
10:00 p.m. Participant check-in ends

12 AM: Team Check-In. Each team needs to have create a profile on DevPost and added their team members.

9 AM: Hacking is over. Submit entry on DevPost.
10 AM: Project expo begins. This is an opportunity to share your project with other teams and floating judges.

Once we form a team, where do we register the team and submit our entry for the final demos?

You will need to register on individually and as a team, and can do so as early as Friday evening. Note that your team will not be able to submit your entry unless the team and all its members are registered with DevPost. Once your team is registered with DevPost you will not be able to change the composition of your team. You will have until 9am on Sunday to submit your entry on DevPost.

GlobalHack FAQ - Teams

How do teams work?

Hackathons are all about bringing people together to build awesome products, so we encourage participants to work in teams. A team will have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 members. We do not allow remote workers on teams. If we find that you are utilizing remote team members, you and your team will be immediately disqualified.

Do I need to come with a team?

Not at all! Some of our previous GlobalHack winners met each other for the first time at one of our events. Teams can be pre-formed or individuals can find teammates on Friday, October 21 before and after our Opening Ceremony.

If you don’t have a team now, don’t stress! There are few ways that you find potential teammates:

  1. If you’re in the St. Louis area, sign up for our “Making the Most of Your Hackathon Experience” at Venture Cafe at the @4240 building on Thursday, September 29 from 6pm to 8pm. During the event, you’ll hear from past participants, and get a chance to put together your team for GlobalHack VI. We’ll start in the Havana Room and then head down to the 1st floor for the team formation process.
  2. After you’ve purchased your ticket, join the GlobalHack Participants Facebook Group. Use the group to create your own team or join an existing team. Don’t be shy!
  3. Check out our Looking for a Team? shared Google Spreadsheet. You can post here if you’re looking to join a team or are looking for additional teammates. Be proactive and reach out to folks who are looking!
How do divisions work?

At GlobalHack VI, teams of 2-8 are split into three different divisions. Your team’s division must be selected when you register your team via DevPost by 1am on Saturday, October 22. A description of the divisions and their eligibility are referenced below:

  • Professional: Any mix of team members can enter the Professional Division.
  • College: In order to be eligible for prizes in the College Division, ALL TEAM MEMBERS must be: (a) currently enrolled in a university, including graduate programs; and (b) older than 18 years of age (> 18). They must be able to verify their student status by providing GlobalHack staff with a .edu email address and a current Student ID. EXCEPTION: Teams who have a blend of college students and youth participants are eligible to compete in the college division.

Youth: In order to be eligible for prizes in the Youth Division, ALL TEAM MEMBERS must be (a) 18 years of age or younger (< = 18);  and (b) not currently enrolled in postsecondary education. One-off in-person or online courses do not affect eligibility for this division (e.g. a high school student who is taking a computer science course through a community college).

Here are some example scenarios with various blends of team members and the appropriate decision for each:

GH VI Division Matrix

Do you allow for chaperones or coaches?

Many of our younger participants at GlobalHack VI will be accompanied by adults: parents, teachers, principals, etc. We understand that many of these adults have been positive influences on these students as they explore opportunities and topics around computer science. We at GlobalHack are committed to running a fun, fair, and equitable competition for all of our participants, regardless of age.

We will allow chaperones and coaches to attend GlobalHack VI provided they abide by the following guidelines.

A chaperone is a non-active observer of a team. They will receive a Guest Pass for GlobalHack VI are allowed to view the competition from our Guest area. Chaperones MAY NOT interact with the teams in the designated participant area at Chaifetz Arena. To secure a chaperone pass, please email

A coach takes a more active role on a team, and may guide and assist a team WITHOUT producing any part of a work product(s) for that team (project plan, presentation, as well as ANY written code). Youth teams with an active coach may still participate in our Youth Division, but judges will be taking this into consideration when scoring/ranking teams. In the spirit of GlobalHack events, we want to see the skills of our youth participants shine, not that of the adults who mentor them. Coaches MAY NOT be present during any of their team’s judging presentation(s).

An adult who is actively assisting a youth team by writing code (unlike a coach) and creating other work products is considered a member of that team and will be bumped up to the appropriate division (College or Pro, depending on the age of the additional participant).

Can I observe the event?

Unfortunately, GlobalHack VI is not open to the general public if you have not registered as an attendee, event sponsor, or volunteer. A limited amount of guest invites are available by invitation only. If you would like to be considered for a guest pass, please email Include your name, title, organization, and your interest in attending the event.

What if I’m not having a good experience with my team?

Often times the biggest issues with teams is poor communication. If you feel like you’re not having a good time or your ideas aren’t being heard, bring it up respectfully with your teammates. If you’re being mistreated, put down, or harassed, notify a GlobalHack volunteer or staff member. All participants must abide by our Code of Conduct, which was signed upon registration for the hackathon.

Do you have a Code of Conduct for participants?

Yes! Check it out here →

Can I switch teams during the event?

In most cases, we tend to disallow people switching teams mid-competition. If you would like to switch teams, please visit one of the Information Booths or send us an email at

GlobalHack FAQ - Challenge

What is the general theme of the challenge?

The general theme of the challenge centers around ending homelessness.

When are the full details of the challenge announced?

Full challenge details are released during our Opening Ceremony which begins at 6pm on Friday, October 21.

Should I or my team do any research in advance of the challenge announcement?

No. Advanced research (just as contacting the St. Patrick Center or similar agencies) will likely harm your team more than help it. Between specificity around the judging criteria and our challenge brief, trying to “guess” what the challenge will be will probably get you sidetracked. We will provide all the necessary resources and background information your team will need for your projects. As a general guideline, do not do any advance work prior to the announcement of the challenge.

What technologies can teams use?

Besides code you create yourself or as a team during the weekend, you are also able to use source code, sample code, libraries, SDKs, and APIs as long as these technologies are:

  1. Made publicly discoverable and available for public use in developing applications as of October 1, 2016, and are still public as of the event.
  2. Be indexed and reachable through Google’s search engine.
  3. Be easily accessible (i.e., anyone can download or access if signup is required, access must be granted in less than 1 hour).

Examples of common technologies that meet our requirements as allowable are Angular.js, jQuery, Bootstrap, D3, Hadoop, MySQL, Lucene, Twilio, Facebook Messenger, Weather Underground. Our intention is to provide you with the full suite of tools available to software developers in a professional setting, but barring teams from utilizing commercial grade technology that other participants do not have access to, whether developed by the team or by others. As a rule of thumb, if a particular technology provides an unfair advantage to one team, it is likely disallowed.

What do you mean by open source? Do I have to open source my project?

(Via The term “open source” refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.

The term originated in the context of software development to designate a specific approach to creating computer programs. Today, however, “open source” designates a broader set of values—what we call “the open source way.” Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development.

Open source software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance for free. “Source code” is the part of software that most computer users don’t ever see; it’s the code computer programmers can manipulate to change how a piece of software—a “program” or “application”—works. Programmers who have access to a computer program’s source code can improve that program by adding features to it or fixing parts that don’t always work correctly.

In order to be eligible for any of the cash prizes at GlobalHack VI, you must open source your final projects. GlobalHack, Inc., the St. Patrick Center, Saint Louis University AND  any of our sponsors/partners CANNOT claim any ownership rights to your project/source code.

Does GlobalHack keep my design and code after the hackathon?

While GlobalHack does not claim or retain ownership of your app or entry, you will allow us to review your code and application for the purpose of judging, and to use your entry for promotional purposes – but that’s it. For further clarification be sure to read the GlobalHack VI Official Rules!

Where can I find a link to the GlobalHack VI Rules?

You can find a copy of the Official GlobalHack VI Rules on our website.

GlobalHack VI FAQ - Prizes

What are the prizes for GlobalHack VI?

Please head on over to the prizes section.

When will prizes be awarded?

Per the Official GlobalHack VI Rules, checks will be sent to the individuals on the winning teams within one month of the Closing Ceremony on October 23 provided they complete the necessary paperwork. We will send these forms to each team member via email immediately after the event. Checks will be divided evenly amongst the teams based on the total prize amount (e.g. $50,000 3rd place pro prize with 5 team members, each member will get a check for $10,000).

Am I eligible for any of the follow-on funding if I don’t live in St. Louis?

Yes. We are open to working with participants/teams who reside outside St. Louis, during and leading up to the implementation phase. GlobalHack staff will work alongside selected participants and our partner agencies to ensure the project is successful.

GlobalHack VI FAQ - Transportation

Do you provide travel reimbursements?

We will not be providing travel reimbursements for GlobalHack VI at this time. However, we will be organizing buses from a handful of cities and schools.

Is transportation provided to and from GlobalHack VI?

We are organizing buses from a handful of cities and schools. For bus transportation outside of St. Louis, check out our event page for more information, schedules, and routes. Bus tickets for those cities are $20 per person roundtrip.

We are also providing transportation for several middle and high schools in the St. Louis metro region who are sending teams. To see if your school is included, please reach out to

Are you providing shuttle services from the hotel to the event venue?

No. Participants will be responsible for arranging for transportation between their hotel and Chaifetz Arena.

GlobalHack VI FAQ - Miscellaneous

Will their be parking near the venue?

Yes. Weekend-long parking near Chaifetz Arena will be available at the Compton/Olive garage for a flat fee. There will be some street parking available along Olive and Compton if you don’t mind occasionally feeding your meter.

Do you issue refunds?

We are unable to issue refunds for GlobalHack VI. You can, however, transfer your ticket to someone else. We appreciate your understanding.

How can I best prepare for the hackathon?

Honestly, the best preparation would be to get a few solid nights of sleep before the weekend. If you plan on forming your team in advance, maybe consider talking about your roles on the team beforehand. Once the challenge is released, the clock starts ticking…

How do I check-in for the hackathon?

Check in for GlobalHack VI starts at 12pm on Friday, October 21 at Chaifetz Arena. Please bring a government-issued form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, school ID, or passport. You do not need to bring a printout of your ticket in order to check-in. You are more than welcome to check-in early, grab your lanyard / swag bag, and head back to your hotel before the Opening Ceremony. Please be sure to be on site by around 5:45pm to can start the Opening Ceremony promptly at 6pm.

Can I leave my luggage on site on Sunday, October 23?

Yes! You will be able to check your bag with our volunteers as early as 6am on Sunday, October 23. You’ll be able to grab your bag (please keep your ticket stub) immediately after our Closing Ceremony.

Do you provide onsite childcare/babysitting?

Unfortunately, we are not providing onsite childcare/babysitting services for this event.

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