Diversity Hackathon 2020 is hosted by Texas A&M College of Architecture Diversity Council. It is made possible through a partnership with School of Innovation, Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Department of Multicultural Services, University Libraries, and Office of Sustainability. It is open to all TAMU faculty, staff, and students.

The event is a 24-hour competition during which participants will creatively respond to challenges presented by various student organizations and on-campus unites, which pertain to the topic of diversity and inclusion on A&M campus. Participants will compete for a total of $5,000 in prizes for best proposals addressing issues students, faculty, and staff face on-campus and in everyday life.

The event challenges participants for creative solutions to imagine and build a future Texas A&M campus without physical, technological, digital, cultural, and psychological barriers. We want to peek into the future throught the imagination and innovation of our participants. 

Example challenge from Disability Services in 2017:  

As of January 25th, 2017, 1502 Aggies have requested accommodations with the TAMU Disability Services. We ask you to use the skills and knowledge of your discipline to imagine a TAMU campus of the future, where accommodations are not add-ons and after-thoughts, but integral to the physical and digital fabric of the University, its landscape, streets, sidewalks, exterior and interior of buildings, classrooms, technology, digital interfaces, etc. We are looking for visionary projects and ideas that break away from the current status quo. 

(Actual challenges of Diversity Hackathon 2020 will be revealed during the kick-off event at 5pm on Friday, February 28, 2020).

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$3,500 in prizes

Challenge #2 Winner: Latinx Graduate Student Association

Challenge #3 Winner: Matthew Gaines Initiative

Challenge #4 Winner: Office of Sustainability

Challenge #5 Winner: Persian Student Association

Challenge #6 Winner: SGA Diversity - Disability Subcommission

Challenge #7 Winner: University Libraries

Best Interdisciplinary Team

Most Accessible

People's Choice

School of Innovation Special Award

Most Practical

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Texas A&M undergraduate and graduate students from all backgrounds and disciplines are welcome. You must join a team on site.

Teams may be from 4 up to 6 people.

This event is part of an IRB approved study to test the Hackathon format as a new method for engaging students in the topic of Diversity and Inclusion in higher education institutions.

To participate in the event, you will be asked to sign a consent form:

You are invited to take part in a research study being conducted by Dr. Cecilia Giusti, a researcher from Texas A&M University. If you decide to take part in the study, you will be asked to sign this consent form. If you decide you do not want to participate, there will be no penalty to you, and you will not lose any benefits you normally would have.


To be considered for prizes teams must: 

1. Sign up for Show & Tell by 12pm on Saturday February 29, 2020. We will circulate the sign up at 10am on Saturday via an update / email. 

2. Submit Project through DevPost by 2pm on Saturday Feb 29. Here is the "How to" link:


  • Enter *Project Name
  • Enter *Elevator Pitch (project tag line) 
  • Enter 'It's built with' - this is optional, depending on your project. 
  • Add *Teammates - make sure you enter the same email addresses your teammates used to create their Devpost accounts. Once they are added, they can edit the project along with you.  
  • *Here is the whole Story: Describe your project Inspiration, What it Does, How you built it, Problems you ran into, etc 150 - 300 words.
  • *File Upload (PDF, Powerpoint) - Upload your Final Presentation that you will use during Show & Tell. 
  • Try it Out: Url for demo site, app, Youtube, Vimeo, etc public links. You can add multiple links.
  • Image Gallery: Upload images to illustrate your project (jpg, png, gif).
  • Thubnail Image: Upload project logo / small image representing your project. 
  • Video: Upload video if you created one (YouTubeVimeo, or Youku).
  • *Submit everything by 2pm, Saturday, February 29!

Tip: Start submitting your project early by entering what info you can on the submission form, and then save it as a draft. That way you won't be rushed toward the end. You'll be able to keep updating it until the deadline @ 2pm, Saturday, February 29!

3. Save your presentation to Langford B - Geren Auditorium computer by 2pm. Save your presentation to a USB and bring it to Geren Auditorium to load onto the computer that will be used for Show & Tell Presentations no later than 2pm.

4. Present Project during Show & Tell in Geren Auditorium, Langford building B. (All team members need to be present during the Show & Tell)

Please note that projects will be judged on the basis of the material presented during Show & Tell. 

Judging Criteria: 

  • Eye Candy: Best looking submission.
  • Challenge Accomplished: Space and place for diversity and inclusion! Great response to the brief, more than the Challengers could imagine.
  • Visionary: Creative, audacious, creates inclusion.
  • Practical: Potential for implementation. Aplicable. Usefull rather than concerned with theory and ideas.
  • Impact: The project has a potential to impact many of the target population. Great value for little input.


Dr. Cecilia Giusti

Dr. Cecilia Giusti
College of Architecture Associate Dean for Outreach and Diversity

Dr. Elizabeth Deuermeyer

Dr. Elizabeth Deuermeyer
Program Manager for Instructional Ideas, School of Innovation

Dr. J. Michael Moore

Dr. J. Michael Moore
Instructional Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Jessica Harp

Jessica Harp
Manager, Disability Resources

Zackary Chance Medlin

Zackary Chance Medlin
Learning & Student Engagement Librarian, University Libraries

Ben Kalscheur

Ben Kalscheur
Assistant Manager, Office of Sustainability

Michael Collum

Michael Collum
Director, 12th Can

Cindy Barahona

Cindy Barahona
President, Latinx Graduate Student Association

Kyle Cox

Kyle Cox
Chair, SGA Disability Subcommission

Mohammad Aghajani Delavar

Mohammad Aghajani Delavar
President, Persian Student Association

Erica Pauls

Erica Pauls
President, Matthew Gaines Initiative

Mingqian Liu

Mingqian Liu
Graduate Assistant, College of Architecture Diversity Council

Judging Criteria

  • Awesomeness
    Creative, Innovative, wow, visionary
  • Challenge accomplished
    Barriers erased! Great response to the brief, more than the Challengers could imagine.
  • Design
    Great looking/sounding, great fit, great solution
  • Practical
    Potential for implementation.
  • Impact
    The project has a potential to impact many people.

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