Improving people’s lives through digital design


This year’s DeisHacks winning team built an app called “CMe” to help Waltham-based nonprofit inclusion opportunities.

Ideas turn into impact, in 48 hours.

More than 150 students designed digital solutions for local nonprofits Feb. 4-6 at the fifth annual DeisHacks, a weekend-long hackathon for social good co-sponsored by Brandeis International Business School .

The virtual event drew 29 teams of student hackers – a DeisHacks record – all hacks benefiting more than a dozen nonprofits in the Waltham area. Participants also competed for the chance to win $2,000 in prizes.

This year’s top prize went to a team of four students paired with Opportunities for Inclusion, a Waltham-based organization serving older adults and people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.

The students designed a community-building app called “CMe” to help program participants build new relationships and share common interests and experiences.

“We’re offering something that’s really beneficial and helpful for people with disabilities,” said winning team member Sabrina Salov ’22. “And we loved having the opportunity to work alongside such an amazing non-profit organization.”

Larry Goldberg, Head of Accessibility at Yahoo!, gave a keynote address. Goldberg discussed the importance of accessibility for businesses in the digital age.

“AT [DeisHacks] we’re really looking at how we can apply technology to improve people’s lives,” Goldberg said.

DeisHacks sponsors include the International Business School’s Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership and the Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center.


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