A site-building hackathon
for non-profits & charities
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About Caritakathon

What is Caritakathon?

Caritakathon, a portmanteau of caritas and hackathon, is a 2-day event done in hackathon format where teams shall design & build websites for charitable and non-profit organizations.


  • MARCH 24 Team Registration
  • APRIL 19 Org Materials Submission
  • APRIL 23-24 Pre-event Bootcamps
  • APRIL 26-27 Caritakathon

Where will it happen?

Microsoft Philippines
Boracay, Visayas, & Mindanao Rooms
8/F 6750 Ayala Avenue

How Do I Join?


Teams can have 2 to 3 members each. Each team will be randomly assigned a charity, to be announced at the start of the hackathon.

Project Manager

Teams must submit a one-page website containing background information about each member, including skills, experience, and information about past/present work. This is so the organizers can get to know you better, determine your eligibility for participation, and get a sign of commitment from you.

Let us know if you are looking for teammates and we will help you out!


Non-profit or charity organizations that are interested in becoming beneficiaries can sign up here.

Orgs shall be sent a Design Brief that must be submitted at the latest two weeks prior to the hackathon. Materials necessary for the teams to build the websites must be ready at the latest one week prior. We will provide instructions for upload, or get the physical copy (CD or USB) at the pre-event bootcamp.

There must be at least 1 representative present throughout the weekend of the event who will communicate their needs & goals for the website.

For additional inquiries, just email us.

Registration Form

Eventbrite - Caritakathon – a Website Building Hackathon for Charities & Nonprofits


Pre-Event Bootcamp

Both orgs and teams must attend their respective pre-event bootcamps, where they will be formally briefed about the event & have their questions answered. Orgs will also turn over their materials here.


On day 1, teams will have 2 hours to meet with their assigned orgs regarding website needs, standards, design, etc.

Teams must stay remain on the premises for the duration of the hackathon although going out for a break (e.g. coffee run) is fine.

Hackathon Proper

  1. Each team should be able to present a brochure type site with a minimum of 5 pages. This can either be static or dynamic (e.g. using a CMS).
  2. Websites must be responsive and mobile friendly.
  3. Use of existing themes/templates with extensive features is highly discouraged.
  4. Web standards compliance, usability, accessibility are central goals.


Each team will have a maximum of 10 minutes to present to a panel of judges on the 2nd day of the hackathon, at 4:00 pm.


  • Aesthetics (45%)
    • Visual appeal and style (color, contrast, typography, white space);
    • Consistency in look and feel;
    • Readability
  • Design (45%)
    • Browser compatibility;
    • Responsiveness and mobile friendliness;
    • User experience and accessibility;
    • Effectiveness in delivering the organization’s goals & content
  • Client Handling (5%)
    • How well the teams interacted with their respective organizations
  • Presentation (5%)
    • Effectiveness of presentation

Sponsors and Partners

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co.lab logo iVolunteer logo Freelancer logo

PortfolioMNL logo Action Stack logo Balsamiq Mockups logo logo

Oh some tees & souvenirs Campaign Monitor logo Geekmuch

Organized By

Philippine Web Designers Organization logo