What is VHacks?

VHacks is the first-ever hackathon organized by the Vatican in Rome. Last year in March, 120 students from universities and faiths from all around the world came together for a weekend of innovation and project creation in March 2018.

Who is organizing VHacks?

VHacks is organized by OPTIC as well as students from Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, and the Catholic University of America. OPTIC is an organization founded in 2012 dedicated to research and innovation regarding the ethics of new and disruptive technologies. OPTIC has organized hackathons before in both San Francisco and Paris. Learn more about the student organizers on the Team page.

How can I apply to VHacks?

General applications for VHacks 2019 will open on April 29, 2019. We recommend that interested applicants subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

What are the thematic areas of the hackathon?

VHacks seeks to utilize technological innovation to overcome social barriers, embrace common values, and catalyze sustainable impact ventures. Our mission is threefold: 1) Leverage technology to address current global problems that are faced by nonprofits and NGOs. 2) Promote collaboration among talented university students across diverse academic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds 3) Encourage value-based institutions to embrace technology to further their missions by avoiding "tech for bad"

Who can take part in VHacks?


How are winners determined?


When is VHacks?


What are the requirements for applying?


Do you have to be of a specific faith?


What if Iā€™m an international student?

All currently-enrolled university students in any degree program in any university are eligible to apply to VHacks.

A panel of experienced professionals across tech companies will judge teams based on 1) creativity 2) potential impact 3) feasibility 4) relevance to the topics provided and 5) technological innovation.

VHacks will take place in Paris, France between November 7-9, 2019.

All prospective attendees must be enrolled in a university or community college program at the time of the hackathon. Attendees must also be at least 18 years old by the start of the hackathon to attend. Attendees must be fluent in English.

No. We are looking for the brightest students regardless of religious background. We welcome students of all faiths to participate in VHacks.

All students traveling internationally will require a passport is valid for 6 months past the hackathon dates. If you are coming from a country that will require you to get a visa, we will work with you through the process once accepted.