What is Rocket.Build Community?

There are few groups more invested in the future of our communities than the students who live there. In 2019, we kicked off a new kind of Rocket.Build event that challenged college students in a friendly competition to conceptualize and build inspired software solutions to real problems in their cities. Homelessness, cost of living, clean water access,  deforestation—any community issue is a global issue.

In 2020, we’re inviting students around the world once again to take part in our Rocket.Build Community hackathons. These events give up-and-coming developers an opportunity to collaborate with local Rocketeers and develop software solutions that address real-world problems specific to their communities. You can find a list of all announced locations on this page, along with a few of the projects the Rocket.Build Community teams are tackling this year.

Think you (or someone you know) can hack it at Rocket.Build Community 2020? Get inspired by this year’s themes:

Homelessness

In the most comprehensive study ever conducted, Habitat For Humanity estimated more than 20% of the world’s population lives without adequate housing. In that same study they found that no fewer than 150 million people are homeless and unsheltered.

Lack of access to safe housing affects every community in every country across the globe. At Rocket.Build Community events this year, we’re challenging students to come up with big, data-driven ideas to help those in need.

Environment

The declining health of our environment can be linked to a host of problems; from climate change, to loss of wildlife and ecologic diversity, to increases in Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Pollution, wildlife conservation, lack of clean water, coastal erosion—these problems are understood, but there is no consensus on how to execute meaningful measures that fix and reverse the damage.

Using big data and analytics, we’re asking students to conceive their own solutions to any combination of the challenges we share as residents of this planet.