For 36 hours, join students and leading innovators in tackling the challenge of privacy in the digital age. Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ann Cavoukian.

Youth play an essential role in defining our digital future.

That’s why we created Citizen Hacks, a student-run hackathon that encourages the next generation of innovators and users to actively participate in building a digital world that works for everyone. Citizen Hacks is a platform for university, college and high school students to collaborate with educators, businesses, nonprofits, and governmental organizations in exploring the challenges and potential of creating technology that benefits society.

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Citizen Hacks Judges

Citizen Hacks Judges

Judging Criteria

  • NOTES:
    For ease of calculation, each eligible project will be judged with equal weighting on each of the following categories. For a reference on Privacy by Design, please see
  • Privacy Focus
    Does the hack fundamentally incorporate at least one, if not all, of the principles of privacy by design? Is the hack related in some way to the collection, use, or manipulation of data?
  • Technical
    How technically challenging is the hack? What problems did you encounter, and how did you overcome them? How thoroughly does the technical implementation reflect the principles of privacy by design?
  • Original
    How unique is the hack? Has it been done before? Does the project solve a new problem, or is it a new solution to an existing problem? How extensively do the principles of privacy by design inform the originality of the hack?
  • Visual Design & Experience
    What does the project look like? Is it intuitive, aesthetically pleasing or accessible? How thoroughly do the principles of privacy by design inform the product’s user-facing design?
  • Wow Factor
    How does the project stand out? Is it ambitious – does it tackle a big problem in a novel way? Is it a bold new take on some or all of the privacy by design principles?


  • Cybersecurity
  • Social Good