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Sustaining Disruptions

October 22-24, 2021. 100+ participants. 20 teams. 3 winners.

The mounting global environmental crisis will inevitably change the way we think and act. Humans have adopted unsustainable patterns of behavior that threaten our finite planetary resources. We must design new strategies, develop new technologies, and restructure our societal habits in order to take steps towards a more sustainable future. 

For this hybrid hackathon, we asked students from across Maryland to investigate how we navigate major disruptions to our daily lives. Participants worked in teams to create solutions to problems within three tracks: Sustainable Living Spaces, Natural Disasters, and Environmental Justice.

covid virtual mini-hackathon

COVID-19 has impacted the world in drastic ways, and the natural environment is no exception. Sustainability challenges both old and are rising to the surface of global awareness, and a spotlight has been placed on anthropogenic environmental impact in a different way than ever before. It has became clear that everything from pandemic healthcare protocols, to medical devices, to corporate waste, to food systems, to e-commerce, to education need to be re-examined.


For this virtual mini-hackathon–the first one ever held by a Hopkins-affiliated hackathon–we asked students across JHU campuses to join us in re-examining the systems, products, and procedures that have governed our society and to reimagine them for the world we hope to see. We offered six exciting themes for participants to hack around including PPE & Medical Waste, Urban Spaces, Food Systems, Pollution, Consumer Waste, and Colleges & COVID.

Greenhacks 2019 pilot

We held a pilot hackathon on April 20th, 2019 with the theme Sustainable Campus. The pilot hackathon was capped at 50 people and included students from the Homewood campus and the Carey Business School. 


To make Johns Hopkins a more sustainable campus and institution, we challenged teams to present proposals within three tracks: food, waste, and energy. The theme tied into the Johns Hopkins University Sustainability Coalition Town Hall’s theme of “Campus Culture”, which was held earlier that morning.