Hackster Impact is our first corporate social responsibility initiative, focused on solving pressing environmental and social issues by harnessing the powers of developers, engineers, designers, and scientists worldwide. 

With nearly 1,000,000 community members, Hackster Impact hopes to stem a global movement of engineering for goodwill.


Hackster Impact: Crowdsourcing Goodwill

Last year, all the world's nations pumped nearly 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil; that's four Hiroshima atomic bombs worth of heat every second. On top of that we're consuming every precious forest resource possible, while destroying life in every corner of our world. 

We can do better than watch the news, scientists, statistics and facts deniers. After all, Hackster is an extraordinary place; with close to 1,000,000 engineers, hackers and makers, we have the opportunity to focus on developing open-source hardware solutions dedicated to solving the serious threats facing our planet’s humans, wildlife, water, food, air and energy. 

We see Hackster Impact as a movement and an integral part of the global effort to reverse, advance and correct current conditions. We will operate on the principles of goodwill, volunteering and 100% open source creation. Contributors will be celebrated with a new Hackster badge called Ambassador of Hope. The best of the best ideas will be able to apply for prototyping and production grants and services. 

Impact Is Open, Collaborative and Inclusive 

  • Overfishing is threatening food security for hundreds of millions of people and destroying ocean ecosystems worldwide.
  • In Central America alone, 40 percent of all rainforests have been cleared in the last 40 years for cattle pasture.
  • Farm animals who are sentient beings with their own rich, complex emotional and social lives, are bring inflicted with unthinkable cruelty in the protein production industry.  

Unsustainable Farming

  • Nearly half of all ocean pollution comes from activities that take place on land.
  • Pollution is harming the entire food chain, water and air, impacting every human on the planet. 
  • The ocean will have more plastic than fish by the year 2050 by sheer weight.

Constant Pollution

  • According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), earth will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030.
  • The new normal: extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people.
  • Coral bleaching, rising sea levels, changing species distributions: global warming and climate change are having a marked effect on the oceans.
  • Globally, rising sea temperatures could cost $1 Trillion.

Climate Change

  • Despite best efforts, wildlife habitats are imperiled throughout the world.
  • Coral reefs are home to a quarter of all marine life, containing up to two million species.
  • Biologists estimate that tropical rainforests contain about 50% of the world's plant and animal species, yet they encompass only about 6% of the world's land area - all are being destroyed.

Habitat Destruction

Submit your relevant project proposals on our Open Impact hub across issues improving air, food, water, human, animal, waste and energy.





Collaborate with engineers, makers, researchers and influencers via the Open Impact forum. Ideas will be measured by a leaderboard. Top score will be given to projects with relevance, community interest and engagement.

Every 3 months, Hackster and our partners will select 1 project from the leaderboard to receive financial and technical support for the building of a working prototype. We will help you connect with real scientists, NGOs, governments and conservationists to share and deploy your ideas.



Call to action: Design & share Open Impact projects 

Hackster Impact: A Corporate social responsibility Initiative

Hackster Open Impact will connect leading technology companies, creators, scientists, and engineers to build and deploy open-source designs that will be fully open and readily available for anyone to test, improve, and deploy.

Participants will build, test and share open-source solutions and some will receive technical mentorship, hardware, and grants to help them develop, prototype, document, and share their creations with scientists and conservationists worldwide.

Are you a seasoned engineer, marine scientist, or conservationist who wants to join Hackster's Open Impact as a mentor? We're looking to partner with the world's best to support Impact's creators on their journey. 


Calling on all engineers, developers, designers and citizen scientists to join Open Impact and improve the world around us. Collaborate with the best engineering minds to deliver scientific, technological, and product breakthroughs focused on solving the problems facing our planet’s oceans.


Support Hackster Open Impact and become part of the change we need to see in our world. Hackster Open Impact is seeking your partnership, funding and expertise. Your brand will be known as an agent of goodwill and change in our world. Read more here.