Code to Give Hackathon

A Culture of Giving Back

For over 85 years, Morgan Stanley has been committed to serving communities around the world. A central part of that mission is helping charitable organizations by providing pro bono support and innovative solutions. 

Code to Give is a series of global virtual hackathons to help non-profits around the world solve real-word issues and further their missions through technology. As part of Code to Give, Morgan Stanley pairs its technologists with students and experienced professionals to build cutting-edge digital tools for our non-profit partners.

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Real-world Impact

You’ll hear directly from our local non-profit partner, Salva Vita, and work alongside Morgan Stanley technologists to develop innovative solutions, enabling them to better serve your community.

Non-profit Organization’s Overview

In 1993, the founder of Salva Vita, Andrea David went for a job interview but got off the bus one stop too soon. By mistake, she rang the bell of a residential home for people with disabilities. Meeting these residents for the first time, she was inspired to help.

Andrea David has since established Salva Vita to support the employment and independent living of people with disabilities, and to empower clients as active and valuable members of society. 

Over the years, Salva Vita has developed several services for companies to help them welcome employees with different accessibility needs at the workplace, while increasing employer awareness. 

Their clients and colleagues with disabilities are centrally involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of their services.

The Technical Challenge

Salva Vita evaluates the skills and competencies of applicants with disabilities, connecting these underserved community members to job opportunities. At the moment this assessment process is mainly paper-based. Help us to automate this time consuming and manual process, which receives hundreds of applications per year. 

Create an online skill assessment platform that is accessible and provides support function to diverse members of the community, including those with hearing and visual impairments.

Your team will be provided with examples of the current evaluations, at least one should be implemented digitally:

  1. Measurement of Visio-perceptual abilities
  2. English language skills test
  3. Interpretation of social situations
  4. Work motivation test

Things to consider:

  • While not a requirement to integrate with your solution, Salva Vita’s current website uses WordPress.
  • Applicants may be given a link for their personal assessment or to an unlisted page for their testing. The technical solution should not be open to the general public.
  • The technical challenge places an emphasis on test accessibility and support functions for a diverse group of users. Salva Vita Foundation supports the following target community members:

    • people with hearing - & visual-impairment,
    • people with physical, intellectual, or psycho-social disability,
    • people on the Autism Spectrum.
    The work produced during this hackathon will help Salva Vita Foundation provide a more inclusive online assessment for the broader community. Hence, it is important that the website is accessible to a diverse group of users with different support requirements. You may wish to research the latest accessibility web standards.

Forming a Team

To be a Code to Give participant, you must register on Morgan Stanley’s event platform. After successful registration, you will be asked to form a team with three to six confirmed participants in total by 25 September, 2022, at 11:59 PM CET

Teams will compete against each other to pitch the best solution for Salva Vita. Each team will be assigned a Morgan Stanley mentor to guide them throughout the hackathon journey.

Competition Language(s)

The competition is going to be in Hungarian and English. Participants are welcome to ideate in Hungarian, but they will be required to submit all solutions in English. For this reason, we recommend excellent communication skills in English (both written and spoken) for all team members.


In addition to helping a non-profit address a technical challenge, participants will be eligible to win the following prizes: 

  • 1st prize: Tech gift voucher in the value of 150,000 HUF per team member and Morgan Stanley branded gifts
  • 2nd prize: Tech gift voucher in the value of 100,000 HUF per team member and Morgan Stanley branded gifts

*subject to local tax regulations and the Code to Give Terms & Conditions

Participants of the hackathon will also have the chance to learn about Morgan Stanley internships or full-time roles in our Budapest offices! 

Hackathon Timeline

  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, 25 September, 2022, 11:59 PM CET
  • Team Formation Deadline: Sunday, 25 September, 2022, 11:59 PM CET
  • In-person Hackathon Kick-off: Thursday, 29 September, 2022, 5:30 – 7:00 PM CET
  • Virtual Hackathon Days: 30 September – 5 October, 2022
  • Team Project Submission Deadline: Thursday, 6 October, 2022, 11:00 AM CET – student teams submit their tech solutions on the event platform
  • In-person Pitch & Demo Day: Thursday, 6 October, 2022, 5:00 – 7:00 PM CET


Please read and agree to the Terms & Conditions in order to enter the competition.