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SAS Hackathon

Where Your Curiosity Leads to Innovation

Registration is open

Calling all data scientists, developers, students, businesses and technology partners!

Ready to invent something that could change our daily lives, the way we do business or approach humanitarian causes? If so, it’s time to reserve your spot in the SAS Hackathon.

This event brings together global teams to collaborate online March 15 – April 15 using SAS® and open source on Microsoft Azure to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Don’t wait – Registration closes Feb. 28.

Save the Date: Kickoff on Feb. 9

Get set and ready to go! We can’t wait for the hack to start – and our kickoff event promises to pump you up. You’ll hear from SAS executives, technology and subject-matter experts, mentors and code-loving problem solvers why you should participate. Learn how this unique hack format works.

Tune in for the global event Feb. 9.
9 a.m. ET | 3 p.m. CET | 7:30 p.m. IST | 10 p.m. SGT

Great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere

When teams come together from different regions, with diverse backgrounds and skills, amazing things can happen.

The next big innovation awaits. Which business or humanitarian issue will you tackle?

Curious about how this creative problem-solving event got its start?

The answer: Colleagues dreamed it up while enjoying a morning run.

The SAS Hackathon has brought together the most inquisitive minds for the last five years to create new solutions to everyday challenges.

We’re glad they took an idea for healthy competition and created a one-of-a-kind hackathon.

A unique format for big innovations

Traditional in-person hackathons gather coders for a few days. But the SAS Hackathon? It’s different.

We believe ideas need to be nurtured. Participants collaborate online for a month, enhancing their data science skills under the guidance of a SAS mentor with industry expertise. The SAS Hackathon isn't a one-time event – it’s a sprint within a marathon that spans several months.

Let your curiosity lead the way from idea generation to developing new technologies or solutions that could change our daily lives! We have 10 tracks to choose from.

Top six reasons you should participate

Collaborate with fellow coders

Everyone – from experienced data scientists to novice technologists to partners and SAS experts – will be using open source on SAS® Viya in the cloud.

Tackle a real-world challenge

Focus on a business or humanitarian issue that is meaningful to you and your team.

Develop your application for the marketplace

There may be an opportunity to commercialize your ideas with SAS.

Get free enablement resources

Take advantage of coaching on AI, cloud environments and industries with training courses and virtual learning labs.

Extend your professional network

Our SAS Hacker's Hub connects you with local and global innovators.

Learn from and partner with industry leaders

Our distinguished mentor program provides guidance and support to teams.

Need more reasons to join? Read the blog.

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Competition is fun, but collaboration and curiosity truly power the SAS Hackathon.

Decoding real-world problems with data

Past participants in our global hackathon delivered solutions to real-world problems by using big data and AI. See what teams built together and learn more about these outstanding projects on the SAS Hacker's Hub.

Winning teams presented their business cases at SAS Explore. Check out the amazing projects from the overall and regional winners.

The Chart Chasers!

Value-based care ties doctors’ paychecks to care efficiency, but doctors are underpaid when mistakes are made in the medical coding process. Team members from InformedHC and Pinnacle Solutions used SAS® Viya® to build an automated system to uncover lost revenue from errors using the International Classification of Diseases codes.


Team Jakstat from StarCore applied SAS and Python to map and optimize COVID financial aid disbursement for the micro-, small and medium-sized businesses that comprise 97% of Jakarta’s economy.


To improve web form accessibility, team members from Funka Nu AB used computer vision, optical character recognition, machine learning and test automation to create a solution for website owners to evaluate their form’s accessibility and apply solutions by inputting their site’s URL.

Hack stats at a glance

The 2022 SAS hackathon garnered tremendous interest and participation from the brightest data scientists and technology enthusiasts worldwide. Their goal: tackle some of the most challenging business and humanitarian issues using analytics, AI and open source on SAS® Viya in the cloud.


individuals from 77 countries applied


teams representing 130 organizations qualified


of the teams completed the hack

Engage with data enthusiasts

A community just for you

Collaborate with fellow hackers

Visit (set up a profile) then subscribe to Hacker’s Hub, a special community designed for the hackathon. You’ll see teams and mentors working together, and the collaboration that comes from tackling problems worth solving.

Get social

Intrigue people and get them excited about your ideas and project

LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram are great places to share and join in the conversation about the SAS Hackathon. Be sure to use our hashtag #SASHackathon.

FAQ & resources

Have questions about the SAS Hackathon or the registration process?
Look at the FAQs on the SAS Hacker's Hub.