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

Welcome to the Fall 2015 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.

hackNY also operates a successful fellowship program which connects top computer science students with the best startups in the NYC tech community. Applications open September 26th at http://apply.hackny.org.

Watch our opening and closing cermonies live -- link TBA.

Please see the Rules tab for our Code of Conduct. 

See all our sponsors here!

Don't forget to join hackny-f2015 on Slack for announcements! 



12:00pm - Doors Open to Attendees; Lunch is Served (main hallway, outside Auditorium) 

01:00pm - Opening Ceremonies, & NYC Startup API Presentations 

03:00pm - Hacking Begins (see below for room list on Saturday) 

03:30pm - Workshop: Hacker Orientation with Shy Ruparel, Major League Hacking (Room 312, see below for description) 

04:30pm - Workshop: Introduction to Node.js with Justin Woo (Room 317, see below for description) 

05:30pm - Workshop: Introduction to ReactJS with Sam Agnew (Room 312, see below for description) 

06:00pm Ladies Storm Hackathons Meetup (Room 101) 

07:30pm Dinner is Served (13th Floor Lounge) 


12:00am Midnight Surprise (13th Floor Lounge) 

02:00am Late Night Snack (13th Floor Lounge) 

07:30am Breakfast is Served (13th Floor Lounge) 

11:00am Devpost Submissions Due! 

11:30pm Lunch is Served (Main hallway, outside auditorium) 

12:00pm Demos Begin

02:30pm Judges Deliberate; hackNY Fellows Panel; Community Announcements; Winners Are Announced!

 This page will be updated as information becomes available, check back often! 


Hackathon Rooms 

101 Open for Hacking (Ladies Storm Hackathons Meetup Saturday 6:00pm-7:00pm)
102 Springboard Projects, Hardware Lab, and Arduino Cortex
109 Auditorium (Opening and Closing Ceremonies)
201 iOS Cortex
202 Android Cortex
312 Open for Hacking (Workshops Saturday 3:30-4:30pm, 5:30-6:30pm)
317 Open for Hacking (Workshop Saturday 4:30-5:30pm)
412 Open for Hacking
505 Open for Hacking
512 Nap Room (Men)
517 Nap Room (Women)
524 Open for Hacking
605 Open for Hacking
705 Open for Hacking
805 Open for Hacking
905 Open for Hacking
1302 hackNY Staff Only
13th Floor Lounge Meals and Snacks


Hacker Orientation with Shy Ruparel, Major League Hacking (3:30-4:30pm) Room 312
Hackathons are amazing, and you’re amazing for attending. In this workshop Shy Ruparel of Major League Hacking, will walk you through how to get the most out of your first hackathon and how to take advantage of all the opportunities of the hacker community.

Introduction to Node.js with Justin Woo, Paypal (4:30-5:30pm) Room 317
Have you ever wanted to get started with Node.js? Come to this workshop while I’ll walk you through the basics and help you get setup with a simple server. This is a hands on workshop and expect to download code and run it on your computer. Expect to be live coding, hacking/breaking/creating and most importantly having fun!

Introduction to ReactJS with Sam Agnew (5:30-6:30pm) Room 312
Having trouble seeing how everything fits together when you’re building something at a hackathon? Swing by this workshop and we will build an entire project on the spot from front end to back end and in between. This workshop will get you started using Express on the server side as your NodeJS app, React on the client side for displaying your data and Socket.io for syncing your data between the client and server in real time. We will go over all of the pieces you need to build a fully functioning hackathon project. Check it out if you want to learn about any of these technologies and see how to get them working together. This will be easy to follow for beginners, but also interesting for veteran JavaScript developers because we will delve into newer ES6 features.

API Presenters  

Buzzfeed: Buzzfeed is the social news and entertainment company. BuzzFeed is redefining online advertising with its social, content-driven publishing technology. About the API: Endpoints to consume comments, articles and several metrics around our posts. Ping @ta-walter or @ta-greg on Slack, #buzzfeed http://buzzfeed.com/hackathon

Clarifai: Clarifai provides deep learningand advanced image recognition systems for customers to detect near- duplicates and visual searches. About the API: We have an API that lets your computer see and understand images and videos. You can use our tagging endpoint to get tags for whatever photo or video you add, you can custom train your own concepts, and you can provide feedback to the machine to help it learn better. More info at https://github.com/clarifai/hackathon. Ping @cassidoo on Slack, #clarifai

Etsy: Etsy is an e-commerce site and a smartphone application for buying and selling handmade and vintage items. About the API: The Etsy API provides a simple RESTful interface with lightweight JSON-formatted responses to use many of Etsy’s website features, including public profiles, shops, listings, tags, favorites, and sales data. Ping @ta-grardb on Slack, #etsy

Presto: Presto makes it easy to build gesture-powered apps. About the API: We use the sensors in an Android Wear smartwatch to detect when a user snaps, flicks or moves their hand, then we pass these events to your app. We have clear documentation and a reference implementation that you can use to get off the ground quickly. You can check out hardware at the MLH Hardware Lab in Room 101. Ping @sumeet-hackny-15 on Slack, #presto-watch

MongoDB: MongoDB is the next-generation database that helps businesses transform their industries by harnessing the power of data. The world’s most sophisticated organizations, from cutting-edge startups to the largest companies, use MongoDB to create applications never before possible at a fraction of the cost of legacy databases. MongoDB is the fastest-growing database ecosystem, with over 10 million downloads, thousands of customers, and over 1,000 technology and service partners. About the API: Does your hack need to handle or store data? We can help with that. MongoDB is an open-source, document database designed for ease of development and scaling.

JW Player: If you've watched video on the web, you already know us. We're the New York-based startup that brought online video to more people in the world than anyone else. Our flagship product, JW Player, is live on more than 2 million sites and streams billions of videos each month, across all devices — phones, tablets and desktops. JW Player powers online publishing for clients ranging from Fortune 500s to indie bloggers. Our services such as video hosting and streaming, advertising, and analytics help companies optimize their video workflows and monetize smartly. Now, we're busy innovating for the future. We're imagining what comes next for the millions of businesses, users and viewers we serve worldwide. The JW Platform API (http://apidocs.jwplayer.com/) allows users to upload videos, manage transcoding profiles, create cloud-based video players and more. I will present a brief demonstration of uploading a video and creating a simple video player. Ping @pablo on Slack, #jwplayer-help

NYC Open Data: The city of New York has over 1,300 open data sets available for you. You can find these at https://nycopendata.socrata.com/. For more information about the Open Data portal APIs, you can get started here: http://dev.socrata.com/consumers/getting-started.html

- Ping Lindsay Mollineaux on the hackathon Slack: @lmollineaux

-  If you’d like to see the full list of available datasets (as well as those that are planned to be released soon):https://nycopendata.socrata.com/dashboard

- Information about the most popular datasets, keyword searches, and embeds are at:https://nycopendata.socrata.com/analytics

-  The City’s Tumblr with great uses and examples of Open Data in action is at: http://nycopendata.tumblr.com/

Technical Ambassadors 

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 wearing red beanies. They are ready to answer your questions, debug with you, and help your hack succeed.

Springboard Projects 

We are excited to feature Springboard Projects provided by Unhackathon. If you’re a beginner, or interested in learning a new skill or technology, choose from one of our projects designed to get you learning by building something real like a hat with an LCD screen that displays info via your phone, a webcrawler, or an Android app. These aren’t tutorials like you’ve seen them online. Instead, you’ll work on a project for 3-4 hours that teaches you the basics of some new skills you’ll want to use again in the real world. Then, you’ll spring off in your own direction for the rest of the hacking.

Visit the Springboard Projects table in room 102 for wearables kits and more information!

Hardware Lab

MLH's hardware lab, in room 102, features Arduino, Fire Phone, Leap, Muse, Oculus, Pebble, Sparkcore, Myo, and more.  You can also pick up free AWS credits to use for your hack. You can also check out Android watches from Presto, and extra extension cables and power strips. And that broken Keurig machine :)

View full rules


All projects must be submitted on DevPost by Sunday 11:00 AM, September 27th. 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 should submit a project to be eligible to present. Presentation length (typically 2 minutes) will be decided based on how many submissions we recieve 

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 27th. 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.


Minerva Tantoco

Minerva Tantoco
Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York

Samantha John

Samantha John
CTO, Hopscotch

Christina Wallace

Christina Wallace
Founder, BridgeUp: STEM @ AMNH

Catt Small

Catt Small
Product Designer at SoundCloud and Independent Game Designer

Whitney Green

Whitney Green
Assistant Director, Director of Science Recruitment, Columbia University

Yael Elmatad

Yael Elmatad
Data Scientist, Tapad

Judging Criteria

  • Awesomeness
    That's it. No hockey sticks, no market. Just awesomeness.