About the challenge

Are you ready to shape and amplify the impact of AI in the humanities? Want to win Apple laptops and iPads for you and your team? Are you eager for exclusive mentorship from subject matter professionals exploring the frontiers of AI? Do you love a free lunch? If you answered yes, we invite you to join us Oct. 13-14 at the Prompt Engineering Hackathon for Humanities, where you'll leverage prompt engineering as a dynamic writing technique to unravel the mechanics of generative AI tools. Through hands-on engagement, you'll explore the capabilities and limitations of these systems, resulting in a deeper understanding of how to wield AI as a tool and establish ethical guidelines for collaborative AI use in the humanities. No experience with AI required! 

Explore AI's Creative Power: Craft compelling narratives, unravel the inner workings of GPT systems, and challenge the boundaries of these systems to unlock unparalleled creative potential.

Test AI Boundaries: Develop a rock-solid AI literacy foundation that empowers you to harness AI as your ultimate creative ally.

Explore Human-Machine Synergy: Blend your imagination with data-powered AI to explore the fusion of human ingenuity and technological innovation.

Champion Ethical AI: Be the advocate for AI-powered solutions that uplift, empower, and inspire, ensuring a harmonious coexistence between humanity and technology.


Apple products for winning team:

  • 9th Generation iPad, 256 GB with Wi-Fi capability
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 8GB memory, 256GB SSD)

Get started

After registration, you will be manually added to a Canvas course offering a high-level introduction to prompt engineering. Learners will examine key strategies for writing effective prompts and gain hands-on practice iteratively revising and testing prompts using real language models.


Friday, October 13 | 5-8:45pm

  • Welcome
  • Intro to materials
  • Prompt exercises
  • Teaming
  • Intro to challenge
  • Work time

Saturday, October 14 | 10am-4pm

  • Work time
  • Pitch competition
  • Judging 
  • Awards!



This is a low code/no code hackathon; no previous experience with AI required.

This hackathon is open to ASU Humanities majors, minors, or anyone interested in Humanities perspectives and methods. 

What to Build

At the Prompt Engineering Hackathon for Humanities, we want you to embody your persona as a Humanities major - writer, linguist, philosopher, etc - and explore ways in which AI is both advantageous and disadvantageous as a collaborator. You’ll work together with teammates to create a persona playbook expressing discoveries, as well as the boundaries and affordances of AI, and how these discoveries create space for innovative collaboration between human and machine.

Project and Submission Requirements

A slide deck and any supporting materials developed at the hackathon.

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,079 in prizes

Apple iPad (9th Gen), 256GB, 10.2"

Macbook Air, 256GB SSD, 13"

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jacob Greene

Jacob Greene
Asst Professor, Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies

Elizabeth Grumbach

Elizabeth Grumbach
Director of Digital Humanities and Research, Lincoln Center Applied Ethics

Kyle Jensen

Kyle Jensen
Director of Writing Programs, Professor, English

Deepak Raj

Deepak Raj
Cofounder, Neolight LLC

Andrew Maynard

Andrew Maynard
Senior Global Futures Scholar, Global Futures Scientists and Scholars

Elizabeth Reilley

Elizabeth Reilley
Executive Director, AI Acceleration, Enterprise Technology

Judging Criteria

  • Judging Criteria
    On Day 2, participating teams will present their discoveries with a pitch deck to a panel of ASU faculty and staff evaluators. Presentations will be evaluated based on clarity, engagement, technical level, and quality of argument.

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