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October 14th & 15th

TED AI For Good Hackathon

Winning Teams Summary


VoteWise is your personalized voter education guide. Our app makes recommendations on who to vote for with detailed justifications for our recommendations based on a deep understanding of the candidates, the issues, and most importantly, of you. We built V1 of VoteWise during the hackathon to connect an individual's values and political preferences to the candidates they are most aligned with. V1 surfaced succinct summaries of candidate information and enabled users to ask questions through an interactive chat interface. For more information, you can contact George London at

SelfActualize.AI provides personalized coaching with AI versions of your heroes, providing motivation and accountability to help you achieve your goals. It lets you to interact with your coaches frequently and on a long-term basis via SMS, voicemail, and video. We built our first app during the TED AI Hackathon, and received strong validation in our vision! Please sign up for our beta at and get in touch by contacting Amit Bakshi at

Beanie the Bunny is a friend who’s always there. She’s a cuddly toy who can talk to your child about anything age-appropriate while expressing emotion with her ears. Beanie plays games, tells imaginary stories, and helps children identify and process their emotions.

The overwhelming response to Beanie has inspired ‘Fawn’, a startup who builds toys to move children away from screens and into the real world. We’re collecting pre-orders to demonstrate to investors that people want these kinds of toys made. Please pre-order if that’s you! Contact us at

TED AI, a first of its kind TED event, held in San Francisco is organizing a 2-day hackathon to utilize the transformative power of AI for good to benefit the community.

Hackathon Details

The focus of this hackathon is to address societal challenges and improve people’s resiliency through the application of AI.

  • Can you create a climate resilience dashboard, enhance healthcare diagnostics, personalize education, or provide assistance to underserved communities?

  • Do you know how to utilize AI to aid in humanitarian efforts, disaster response, and crisis management? 

  • How about applying AI for energy optimization, resource management, smart agriculture, waste reduction, and environmental monitoring to contribute to a more sustainable future? 

  • How can we enable better access to information and services for people with diverse abilities by using AI to develop assistive technologies and improve communication.

The United Nation resources around their Sustainable Development Goals open source data sets that are designed to address various social, economic, and environmental challenges faced by the world and to promote sustainable development in a holistic manner. 


Can you think of leveraging AI for better causes? We would love to hear from you.


Judges will look at the tools you are using and how well your team addresses societal challenges and improves people’s resiliency through the application of AI.


Ph.D. Student in Computer Science, Stanford University


Computational Linguist


Principal Cloud Advocate, Microsoft


Co-Founder, LangChain


Chief Investment Officer, IRIS Family Office


Executive Director, Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Hackathon Partners

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