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About the SAS Hackathon

Curiosity is our code

Great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere. When data enthusiasts come together from different regions, with diverse backgrounds and skill levels, amazing things can happen. These brilliant minds will invent something new – something that could change our daily lives, the way we do business or approach humanitarian causes. Because when curious minds collaborate, the world wins.

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.

Easy access to try new technology

The SAS Hackathon inspires curiosity among SAS users as well as novices and newcomers. Even open-source programmers with Python and R expertise can easily translate their skills to the SAS Viya platform.

Inspire creative solutions to unsolved problems

Share the creative use of SAS tools and innovative solutions to address real business problems.

Drive innovation

Participants will get access to the SAS On-Demand learning site that encourages learning by doing to build new skills. Use ideas about services or products to lead change.

SAS believes curiosity is at the heart of human progress. And by pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo, we achieve progress. Novel solutions with a social purpose often become a catalyst for positive change.

Our mission for the SAS Hackathon is built on those beliefs.

Aligning with our core values, the SAS Hackathon aims to inspire global participants to be curious, passionate, authentic and accountable. We are proud to partner with cross-industry organizations aligned with our diversity and inclusion efforts.

Diversity and inclusion

When it comes to diversity, we usually think of race and gender. However, neurodiversity in tech is an aspect of diversity that is often overlooked. At SAS, we embrace and celebrate all kinds of minds and understand the importance of bringing all perspectives to every facet of the workplace. What truly matters is that people feel secure in having a team that accepts them and allows them to thrive.


Tackling problems worth solving requires a strong ecosystem of partners. When we tap into different industries, we gain diverse perspectives, skills and resources to enhance the hackathon.

Responsible innovation

Creating and consuming technology can unlock human potential, yet also produce harm. As one of the first AI and analytics companies, SAS is committed to working with customers, partners and academia to increase the awareness of, and necessity for, technology that is ethical, equitable and sustainable for individuals and societies. Explore how SAS delivers AI to promote human ingenuity.

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 since 2018
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.

Hack stats at a glance

The 2023 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 69 countries applied


teams representing 205 organizations qualified


of the teams completed the hack