Volunteer Coding for Non Profits - Opportunity Hack

Connect, Build, and Empower organizations to change lives across the world.

Our 4th annual Opportunity Hack will open at 8:00 a.m. on October 20th.

At Opportunity Hack, you can network, share ideas and build solutions that enable impact and social innovation!  Join a team that will hack solutions for any of the problem statements listed by our partnering non-profits!

Check in will be from 8:00 until 9:00. Please note that ONLY THE FIRST 200 will be allowed to enter the door.

At 9:00 we'll have our opening keynote speaker.

Then the fun begins! Our non-profits will all have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to all the participants. We'll be moving this along quickly so that we can move into team building. You can bring a whole team, but if you don't, we're pretty good at facilitating team formation. This is the part of the program that people tend to be the most nervous about, but it all works out. We've done it successfully a number of times and we'll make sure you get hooked up.

9:30 a.m. Non-profits pitch their problem statements to hackers.

11:00 a.m. It's time to get your Hack On! You have from now until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday! We're providing meals and snacks and support around the clock.

3:00 p.m. on Sunday it's time to let the keyboard rest. You'll want to have your prototype and presentation ready for a three minute presentation to the judges with some Q&A. There will be a brief intermission for scoring and then the top teams will be chosen and accolades will flow! This will mark the end of the event and the beginning of the celebration, where we will also provide appropriate supplies.

Detailed Agenda

Saturday (10/20)

  • 08:00AM: Doors open for check-in
  • 08:10AM: Breakfast
  • 09:00AM: Opening ceremony
  • 09:30AM: Non-profits pitch their problems to hackers
  • 10:30AM: Team formation
  • 11:00AM: The Hackathon begins!
  • Noon: Lunch is served
  • 02:00PM: Submit team details
  • 06:00PM: Dinner is served

Sunday (10/21)

  • Midnight: Pizza served
  • 08:00AM:Breakfast is served & Subject matter experts available (3 hours)
  • Noon: Lunch is served / I can’t think straight but this tastes awesome!
  • 02:00PM: Code checked into GitHub
  • 02:45PM: Presentations submitted on DevPost
  • 03:00PM: Hackathon ends
  • 03:15PM: Judging - Round 1 (science fair style)
  • 04:30PM: Judging - Round 2 (top projects present to crowd)
  • 05:00PM: Winners are announced / Prizathon!
  • 05:30PM: You’ve survived… let’s celebrate!

Find out more about Opportunity Hack 20142015, 2016, 2017,and some of the success stories here.


Maria Luna - CoFounder and CEO - BRAVO Tip or Pay

Maria Luna

Energetic serial entrepreneur with over 22 years of experience in marketing and managing consumer and healthcare brands at Nabisco and other top companies. Maria excels at lean operations and is a firm believer that blockchain and cryptocurrency will disrupt many industries as we know them.

Her expertise in business planning, organic growth and building functional teams has kept her in demand from the United States to Central and South America. Her latest venture is co-founder and CEO of a Fintech/Blockchain company Bravo Tip or Pay.  BRAVO was recently featured in ABC’s Shark Tank.

Maria holds an MBA from the McCombs Business School at the University of Texas as well as a B.A. in Public Communications from the University of Puerto Rico, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is fluent in several languages, including English, Spanish, and Italian.

She volunteers in fundraising for Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center, The Sisterhood Extravaganza, and the Chiquita Chihuahua Foundation. She is a member of the Leadership Society of KJZZ and a VIP member of the National Association of Professional Women and Women of Crypto.    María is married to Dr. Hector Rodriguez-Luna.  Her activities outside of work, volunteering and family, include watercolor painting and writing.


Judge Biographies

Wes Hummel, Vice President, Infrastructure and Site Reliability Engineering at PayPal


Wes Hummel is the VP of Infrastructure and Site Reliability Engineering at PayPal. He and his team partner with Customer Support, Merchant Technical Support, Product Development, and other teams in PayPal to ensure customers have the best possible experiences. After spending over two decades in software development, technical operations, and leading teams, Wes knows how to deliver high quality software and solutions that delight customers - by understanding what problems they are trying to solve and how they run their businesses and lives. Wes joined PayPal from Clarity Communications Inc, a telecommunications start-up, where he was a software engineer, architect, tester, project manager, release engineer, and any other role the small startup needed.  Prior to working at Clarity, Wes worked at Motorola developing software in their Cellular Infrastructure Group. Wes holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. 

Nate Pratt, Sr Member of Technical Staff at PayPal


Nate Pratt is a Sr Member of Technical staff at PayPal, designing and building solutions for Information Security.  Prior to transferring to PayPal, Nate spent several years on StubHub's site reliability engineering team before running the monitoring and automation team.  Nate has worked in a variety of industries, including finance, defense, entertainment and retail, in a diverse set of roles, including development, system administration, operations, data analysis, IT and cyber security, in multiple areas of the United States, which gives him a unique perspective when solving problems.  Nate enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with his family.

Robert Chen, Senior Software Engineer (SDE IV) at GoDaddy


Robert Chen is a senior software engineer at GoDaddy leading the effort to help our small business customers succeed online by presenting their website’s data in a meaningful and actionable way. Robert joined GoDaddy in April 2013 and has been instrumental in supporting University Relations in both their on campus efforts and expanding the internship program.   Robert was part of the founding team turning the GoDaddy Pro Product from an idea in a slide deck to a successful program serving over a hundred thousand web professionals worldwide. In a past life prior to GoDaddy, Robert started his career at a startup ranked #2 in the online classifieds space which was later acquired by QVC.  Robert attended York University in Toronto and graduated with a degree in Computer Science. He graduated with the designation “First Class Standing with Distinction” which is equivalent to summa cum laude.

Jason Kirk,  Chief Technology Officer at REPAY (Realtime Electronic Payments)


Jason Kirk is the Chief Technology Officer at Repay. Jason has worked in the payments technology industry since 2001 and joined REPAY in 2014 to quickly expand REPAY’s technology products to help merchants achieve their current and future business goals.

Prior to REPAY, Jason led the team that developed the CCBill SaaS payment processing platform including a multitude of products including credit/debit card, ACH, and alternative payment methods as well as reporting, access management, and business intelligence toolsets. Jason also participated with the rapid introduction of technologies while serving in the United States Marine Corps and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management/Computer Information Systems from Park University.

Roxy Lee, Client Manager at Management Decisions, Inc (MDI Group)


Roxy Lee is a Client Manager for MDI Group here in Phoenix but she likes to think of herself as a professional hype woman for all great things happening in Arizona. Roxy works with many of the great companies across the valley to assist in finding top talent to fill their IT needs. She spends her time helping clients determine their product development strategies, sponsoring meetups, and connecting with the local IT community. She’s passionate about all things tech and all things Arizona!

Isac Artzi, PhD, Associate Professor & Computer Science Program Lead at Grand Canyon University, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


Dr. Artzi teaches upper level Computer Science courses in Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Analytics, Mathematical Modeling, MBA, and MIS courses. He mentors senior capstone projects and conducts research on adaptive algorithms, machine learning, and virtual reality. Dr. Artzi's career spans 30 years in industry, research, military training, and international travel. Dr. Artzi's achievements include his Lynda.com C Programming class with over 1,200,000 student views in 142 countries, two software patents with Silicon Valley startup AppStream (acquired by Symantec), satellite-based distance learning systems in Israel (Gilat Satellite, Ltd), and published research in educational technology at Michigan State University. He holds a dual BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ben Gurion University in Israel, an MS in Computer Science from Michigan State University, a PhD in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from combined Michigan State University and Capella University programs, and a Data Science Specialization Certificate from Johns Hopkins University. 

Dre Doulos, Chief Ideation Executor at Doulos Consulting



John Lundquist, Director of Software Engineering at Infusionsoft


John Lundquist is a Director of Software Engineering at Infusionsoft, where he leads software engineering teams that build products to help small businesses get organized so that they can deliver personalized service and close more business. Prior to Infusionsoft, John held various management and architecture positions in the CRM space at companies such as Salesforce, AAA, and CSAA.



No money is ever exchanged between PayPal and any other sponsor. The sponsor has complete control of their award to the winners.  The following items can be combined together to suit the sponsor.

  1. Participating enterprise provides an award for the participant(s). A minimum of one winning team of 3-5 team members. Can be cash or non-cash.
  2. Provide a senior leader to participate on Sunday afternoon for the judging and award distribution.
  3. Co-branding of the event with company logos, collaboration in organizing the event, and NPO selection.
  4. Participating enterprise provides IT professional staff to mentor the participants in delivering the technical solutions during the 36 hour event.  Mentors with various backgrounds of: software engineering, marketing, design, finance, legal, product management, project management are encouraged to participate.
  5. Recruiting and SWAG distribution is permitted in a designated area during the hackathon.


View full rules


See official rules. 


  1. All members of team have registered on DevPost and are added to the project submission.
  2. Links to GitHub, and video or presentation must be included in project submission.
  3. At least two members of team will be present in person for demo to judges.

How to enter

  1. Join Opportunity Hack Arizona on DevPost
  2. Come to the event with a team or we will help you build a team of like minded folks. 


Wes Hummel

Wes Hummel
Wes Hummel, Vice President, Infrastructure and Site Reliability Engineering at PayPal

Jason Kirk

Jason Kirk
Chief Technology Officer at REPAY

Nate Pratt

Nate Pratt
Sr Member of Technical staff at PayPal

Robert Chen

Robert Chen
Senior Software Engineer (SDE IV) at GoDaddy

Roxy Lee

Roxy Lee
Client Manager at Management Decisions, Inc ( MDI Group)

Isac Artzi, PhD

Isac Artzi, PhD
Associate Professor & Computer Science Program Lead at Grand Canyon University, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology

Dre Doulos

Dre Doulos
Chief Ideation Executor at Doulos Consulting

John Lundquist

John Lundquist
Director of Software Engineering at Infusionsoft

Judging Criteria

  • Common Export/Import Format
    How easy is it to export/import the data within your system as a CSV?
  • Auto-deployment
    How easy is it to deploy your solution?
  • Scope of Solution
    How big an impact will your solution have on the community?
  • Documentation
    Good documentation on how to use and setup their system.
  • Effort
    How much work did your team put into this hackathon?
  • Polish
    How complete is your solution?
  • Security
    Did you consider security?