In 2020, America’s public consciousness awakens from one of the largest social justice movements in the history of the US. Americans had public conversations about rasicms, legacy of slavery, and other social justice topics. As relatively recent arrivals to America, Asian Pacific Island Desi Americans (APIDA) entered the social justice conversations with many different perspectives given that APIDA come from over forty different countries and hundreds of languages. As the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S. (in terms of percentages), APIDA needs to engage in the conversation. The 2021 SASEhack will give participants the opportunity to showcase their understanding of the cultural context of APIDA, relevance of APIDA engagement and develop creative solutions that engage the APIDA community in the conversation of social justice.



Under the Resource Tab, you will find our webinar series to help you prepare.

  • March 15 Webinar: Kent Tong, OCA, Molding AAPI Consciousness
  • March 25 Webinar: A Conversation on Community Building and Solidarity with APIA Scholars
  • Apr 12 Webinar: Storytelling Panel - Sharing Our Favorite Stories


April 19, we will hold a session over Zoom (recording) about the format of the competition and also serve as an opportunity to meet other participants to form teams. There was a team form to complete once you have identified your members. [Update: this form is now closed]



This is an open, non-technical hackathon. Your proposal or solution can be non-technical or technical. Consider the judging criteria as you develop and pitch your solution to our judges.



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Teams will select from one of the following tracks:

1) APIDA Story: In this time of COVID and social justice, how do we as the APIDA community share our stories to bring awareness to issues (bimodal nature of APIDA distribution of healthcare, education, income, etc.)?

2) APIDA Allyship: Given the complexity of the APIDA community, how do we become better allies and communicate the allyship within our community and outside?

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$5,500 in prizes

1st Place

2nd Place

Fan Favorite

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dr. Raju Konduru

Dr. Raju Konduru
Vice President of Quality Assurance – Grooming, Procter & Gamble

Kabir Kumar

Kabir Kumar
Senior Director – Global Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (CDEI), Walmart

Clarence Low

Clarence Low
Director of Organizational Relationships – SASE

Judging Criteria

  • 25% Addressing the Track topic at hand
    Address 1) APIDA Story or 2) APIDA Allyship --- How well did you address your selected topic?
  • 10% Unique and Innovative Approach
    Has someone already done this? Is your approach novel?
  • 25% Scalability of the proposal from concept to wide implementation
    How scalable is your idea? Can this be done on a national level?
  • 25% Communication
    How well are you telling your story or pitching your solution?
  • 15% Use of Technology
    Did your team consider the use of technology? Will the technology be effective?

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