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Who Wants to Hack the Vatican?

Photo of Vatican with text "VHacks, a hackathon at the Vatican, March 8-11, 2018"

Georgetown University, with participation from the Maker Hub, The Global Human Development Program at the School of Foreign Service, Computer Science Department, The Mass Data Institute at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, The Center for Social Justice, The Global Social Enterprise InitiativeThe Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, and the Communication, Culture & Technology Masters Program is sending a team of 5 students to participate in VHacks, a hackathon at the Vatican.

VHacks is a 3-day event, at the Vatican in the middle of Rome, bringing together 120 students from around the world to “use technological innovation to overcome social barriers and embrace common values.” Student teams will have 3 days to develop a prototype application, device, and/or social initiative.

Winning teams will receive prizes and an opportunity to move their project forward in cooperation with hackathon partners and sponsors, which include Google, Microsoft, the Vatican Secretariat for Communications, and the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Participating Georgetown students will have all expenses paid for the trip to Rome, leaving March 6th and returning March 12th (making this a great alternative Spring Break!).

In advance of the trip, the Georgetown team will participate in prep sessions, including speaker events on relevant topics, team building exercises, and training in rapid prototyping, lean design, and pitch presentation.

If you are interested in participating:

  • Apply at the official website, here: (Note: While there are three “Themes” for this event, Georgetown applicants are encouraged to apply under the “Refugees and Migrants” theme.)
  • Fill out the Georgetown-specific form here:

The Deadline for Application is December 29th, so apply ASAP! Selected students will be announced on January 8thSend questions to