hackNY aims to federate the next generation of hackers for the New York innovation community.

Welcome to the Fall 2018 hackNY Student Hackathon! hackNY organizes once-a-semester student hackathons at which NYC startups present their technologies and students build original applications based on them. Winning teams have presented at the New York Tech Meetup. Check back here for info, signup for our newsletter or follow us @hackNY for additional details.




Doors open, check in begins!


Lunch: Dig Inn


Welcome Ceremony


Team formation


Workshops/Meetups begin

(see #workshops)


Dinner: Arrogant Swine


~super secret surprise~


Late night meal


Breakfast: King’s Kolache


Submission time




Surprise Lunch


Closing ceremonies, winners announced!




  • Every hour on the hour we will be bringing snacks to the food room
  • Volunteers will be coming around to rooms frequently to check in on how people are doing
  • Any sort of mentorship or guidance can be found in the #mentors slack channel





  • Are there travel reimbursements?
    • Unfortunately, we are unable to provide travel reimbursements. We wish we could help out those who are coming from around the world, but we cannot.
  • Are high school students allowed to attend?
    • We love the high school hacker spirit, but we are unable to have high school students in attendance.
  • How does registration work?
    • Registration is from 10:30am-12:30pm in the lobby of the Courant building., We function on a first come basis, so please be there when registration opens to ensure your spot. A volunteer will be there to check you in.
  • Applications for the fellowship?
    • Applications for the 2019 hackNY fellowship are not open yet, but we are happy to answer any questions you may have about the fellowship! We will have an alumNY panel in between demos and judging
  • How will presentations work?
    • Each team will get 90 seconds to demo their project live on stage. We are trying to allow every team to demo if they’d like, so please do not go over. Our volunteers be on hand to to make sure we keep to our schedule.
  • Who should I reach out to if I have any questions or run into any problems?
    • The best email address is info@haskny.org
    • We will be available on slack 24/7 during the hackathon!



Technical Ambassadors are members of the NYC tech community who visit during the hacking hours to help hackers form teams, refine ideas, work through technical challenges, and stay motivated. You can find them on Slack, and around the event. They are ready to answer your questions, debug with you, and help your hack succeed.


MLH's hardware lab, features Arduino, Intel Edison, Amazon Echo, Fire Phone, Leap, Muse, Oculus, Pebble, Sparkcore, Myo, and more to check out for the weekend.  You can also pick up free AWS credits to use for your hack. You can also check out extra extension cables and power strips.


The hackNY Fellowship is a 10-week summer program that pairs talented technology students with inspiring NYC startups for internships. Each Fellow is mentored by a technologist at their startup and a member of the hackNY AlumNY. The hackNY Fellows live together in housing provided by hackNY, take part in group activities, and engage in activities for social good. One of the highlights of the program is the Speaker Series, a twice weekly series of dinner talks by influential startup founders, engineers, VCs, journalists, and legal experts. Applications for the Class of 2018 hackNY Fellows are now open! Learn more about the hackNY Fellows Program at apply.hackNY.org.


hackNY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2010 with a mission to connect talented computer science students with New York’s vibrant startup ecosystem. In addition to the Spring and Fall hackNY Student Hackathons, we organize our annual hackNY Fellows Program and other tech talks and events around the city. Through our hackathons and Fellows Program, we aim to create and empower a community of student-technologists.

Many of our volunteers and Technical Ambassadors are AlumNY of the hackNY Fellows Program. Feel free to ask them about any of hackNY’s initiatives. For more information, visit hackNY.org.  


View full rules


All projects must be submitted on DevPost by Sunday 11:00 AM, September 30th. There is no team size limit, but ll team members must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the time of submission.

All participants are subject to the Code of Conduct signed upon registration to the hackathon.

All team members must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the time of submission.


Participants must submit a project to be eligible to present. Presentation length will be 90 seconds and strictly enforced.

Projects must be functioning demos. Powerpoints and slides are extremely discouraged.

How to enter

All projects must be submitted on DevPost by Sunday 11:00 AM, September 30th. There is no team size limit, but all team members must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the time of submission.


Alex Qin

Alex Qin
Founder @ Code Cooperative

Lucy Wang

Lucy Wang
Staff Data Scientist @ Buzzfeed

Lydia Chilton

Lydia Chilton
Assistant Professor, Columbia University

Anna Coenen

Anna Coenen
Data Scientist, The New York Times

Mo Johnson

Mo Johnson
Community Engagement Manager, Data For Democracy

Judging Criteria

  • Awesomeness
    That's it. No hockey sticks, no market. Just awesomeness. See each prize's description for more information!