Serving the community through innovation and you.

Help local nonprofits by volunteering your technology and business expertise at Opportunity Hack. Create impact and compete for prizes.

Passionate about creating impactful solutions? Good! You're in! 😎

If you’re passionate about leveraging your technology and business skills to help improve your local community, join PayPal’s Opportunity Hack. This energizing hackathon is open to the public and its goal is to connect local nonprofits with skilled computer engineers and business-savvy volunteers to help solve some of their most pressing tech problems. Volunteers compete for prizes and are awarded with seeing their solutions put into action by the nonprofits.

We exist to create simple technical solutions for nonprofit organizations. We utilize volunteers, who are industry professionals or local students to the area in order to provide them valuable experience as they create these solutions for nonprofit organizations. We also look to create durable bonds between volunteers, mentors, and their local communities as they work together to create meaningful change to society.

Upcoming Events

New hackathons will be added for 2022, in the meantime, we'd appreciate any feedback you have for us!

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Past Events

2021 Global Virtual Fall Hackathon

October 18th to 25th 2021

We want to continue holding an online and global hackathon while we continue to emerge from the pandemic. Last year, all winning teams were distributed over the globe and allowed everyone to work together across geographies to solve problems for nonprofits.

Like last year, we plan to hold this over an entire week with Monday as a kickoff, and the following Monday for judging, awards, and celebration.

2020 Hackathon Emerging from the pandemic

2020 was a different year for everyone. Instead of holding Opportunity Hack at various locations around the global, it made more sense for us to team up for a global and online hackathon. This was our first week-long and online-only hackathon to benefit nonprofits as we looking forward to 2021 and emerge from the pandemic.

All smiles at Opportunity Hack 2019

Summer Volunteer Internship 2020

Given that many companies have cancelled their internships, we wanted to help by offering some experience from our set of nonprofit problems that we source through Opportunity Hack. This is an entirely online experience, you only need some passion, a computer, and an internet connection.

Student hackers smile for a photo taking a break from giving back to their community through software engineering

Team formation is when hackers meet with nonprofits to determine how they can best help them

Calling all Nonprofit Organizations

Opportunity Hack strives to match highly-skilled volunteers (i.e. top-notch engineers and other professionals from PayPal, other local companies, and colleges) with nonprofit organizations (NPOs) that need technological solutions for critical challenges. The goals for Opportunity Hack are to solve existing problems for NPOs and to foster a connection with technologists that can extend beyond a single weekend.

Awards from 2019 Opportunity Hack

Gold Tier Sponsors

Over $15,000 in support and over 200 hours of volunteering/mentoring

A winning team from Opportunity Hack

Silver Tier Sponsors

Over $5,000 in support or over 100 hours of volunteering/mentoring

Our co-founder of Opportunity Hack

Bronze Tier Sponsors

A brand new day of hacking from Galvanize Phoenix - one of the Opportunity Hack locations

Previous Hackathons

Since 2013, Opportunity Hack has been impacting nonprofit organizations globally.

  • San Jose, California

  • Phoenix, Arizona

  • Timonium, Maryland

  • Chennai, India

  • Singapore

  • Dublin, Ireland

🎗 Nonprofit Opportunities

Opportunity Hack allows local nonprofits to leverage the talent and expertise of computer engineers and business-savvy volunteers from some of the most well known universities & tech companies. If your organization operates in one of this year’s host cities and has a technology project that could greatly benefit from outside expertise, contact us today.


🤝 Partnership Opportunities

Opportunity Hack is an inspiring event that puts engineering and business skills to use for local nonprofit organizations during the hackathon. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other companies in host cities to broaden the impact of this event for local nonprofits and our hackers. We would love to partner with you!

Want to host Opportunity Hack at your location or have a question?

We've scaled our hackathon to support other locations in Chicago, Atlanta, and Las Vegas for Money 2020. In order to continue to grow our support for local nonprofits, we rely on people in their region who have a passion to use technology to help their local nonprofits. If you'd like to bring Opportunity Hack to your area, please contact us!