Hack-A-House Information Session for Students

Hack-A-House: A Housing Affordability Hackathon | Starts @ Noon on September 22

Hack-A-House: A Housing Affordability Hackathon


noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 18, 2023

For the second year in a row, CAPLA students are invited to participate in an ideas competition over a weekend in September called Hack-A-House.

CAPLA Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Design Eduardo Guerrero is soliciting participation and will be a judge. The competition involves university students across the country at Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Denver, University of Utah and the University of Arizona.

Students are invited to participate, and the information session will discuss next steps for the Hack-A-House, which begins at noon on September 22, 2023.

More About Hack-A-House

Students will receive a prompt at 11 a.m. PT on September 22 and will have 24 hours to complete and pitch their proposal for an innovative and scalable solution to a prompt in one of the following categories: 

  • Construction and Design 
  • Finance 
  • Policy and Regulatory Reform 

Teams will tailor their solutions to fit their selected theme and participants are encouraged to consider how their solution interacts with existing policy, finance and/or construction and design practices. 

There is no limit to the number of student teams able to participate from each school. 

Teams may consist of one student and have a maximum of five students. 

Any student from an accredited college or university is encouraged to participate, no matter their experience of background! 

Competition judges will be listed on the Hack-A-House website at hackahouse.org. Ideas will be judged by their feasibility, uniqueness and adherence to the prompt released on September 22. Once the competition begins, participants will have access to a wide array of online resources that will help them understand the issue and prepare their presentations.

Four prizes will be awarded, totaling $12,000:

  • Overall Winner: $5,000
  • Category Winner: $3,000
  • Category Winner: $3,000
  • People's Choice Award: $1,000

Once the competition begins, participants can access a wide array of online resources that will help them tackle the issue and prepare their presentations. These will include links to informative articles and short videos featuring expert practitioners and faculty discussing key issues.


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