48 hours to make your community better. Join coders, designers, and thinkers at the HackNYU Global Hackathon. Help us create new apps, websites, hardware, and data visualizations that improve the NYU community. There will be prizes, raffles, and mentors, all waiting for you to have an impact and leave your legacy - February 17th-19th at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, NYU Shanghai, and NYU Abu Dhabi.


You must opt in to one and only one track, but you may opt in to as many sponsor prizes as you are eligible for.

Submit everything by 1pm to be eligible for main prizes. Only projects developed over the course of this weekend will be eligible. If you are using projects that were built in the past and are building something new on top of it, you may still be eligible but please let us know ahead of time. We will evaluate only the parts which you made over the weekend.

No slide decks during final presentation! We want to see your app/site/demo work, and if it doesn't work, let us know why and what you learned over the weekend.


Submit a link to your project as a working demo and/or a GitHub repository and/or upload a zip file.

If you have not gotten your QR code on your ticket digitally scanned by an organizer or volunteer yet, please upload a screenshot to this folder as a formal check-in. Thank you, and good luck!

Hackathon Sponsors


$500 in prizes

Assistive Technology (3)

Educational Technology (3)

Healthcare (3)

Sustainability & Social Impact (3)

Viacom Prize (2)

2 VIP Tickets to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Best hack which teaches people technical skills (ex: learning how to code, job training for engineers, etc.)

Verizon Prize

Best creation/project
for venue/live events
**Assistive Tech only**


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags.

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

1TB Hard Drives

Make School Prize - Best iOS App

Make School Prize - Best Beginner Hack (2)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


[Healthcare] Osamah Chowdhury

[Healthcare] Osamah Chowdhury
Neurologist, NYU Langone and Co-Founder, MediVis

[Healthcare] Huzefa Talib

[Healthcare] Huzefa Talib
Director, Programs for International Dentists in Oral Surgery / RCSI

[Healthcare] Jeffrey Cannon

[Healthcare] Jeffrey Cannon
Associate Software Engineer, Viacom

[Healthcare] Dorian Fernandez

[Healthcare] Dorian Fernandez
Product Design Engineer, Tomorrow Lab

[Sustainability] Dianne Anderson

[Sustainability] Dianne Anderson
Director, NYU Office of Sustainability

[Sustainability] Catherine Dammer Jones

[Sustainability] Catherine Dammer Jones
Green Grant Director, NYU Office of Sustainability

[Sustainability] Christopher James

[Sustainability] Christopher James
Media Relations Specialist, NYU Office of Sustainability

[Sustainability] Matt Sisu

[Sustainability] Matt Sisu
Sisu Consulting

[Assistive Technology] Anita Perr

[Assistive Technology] Anita Perr
Clinical Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, NYU

[Assistive Technology] Marianne Petit

[Assistive Technology] Marianne Petit
Founding Director of the Interactive Media Arts Program, NYU Shanghai

[Assistive Technology] Gus Chalkias

[Assistive Technology] Gus Chalkias
Assistive Tech Specialist, Helen Keller Services for the Blind

[Assistive Technology] Kim Selway

[Assistive Technology] Kim Selway
Senior Associate, New York Life Insurance

[Educational Technology] Andrew Geene

[Educational Technology] Andrew Geene
Educational Technologist, NYU CAS

[Educational Technology]  Susie Kavanaugh

[Educational Technology] Susie Kavanaugh
Director of Education, Connected Sparks

[Educational Technology]  Mina Salib

[Educational Technology] Mina Salib
Program Manager, NYU Future Labs

[Educational Technology] Amanda Gallagher

[Educational Technology] Amanda Gallagher
Corporate Vice President - Innovation, New York Life Insurance

[Educational Technology]  Jeremie Fredj

[Educational Technology] Jeremie Fredj
Director - IT Portfolio Management, New York Life Investments

Judging Criteria

  • Innovativeness/Creativity
    - Is it something new? Have you never seen an idea like this before? If not, how is it better? - Does the project go beyond traditional rules, patterns, and/or definitions? - Does the project demonstrate progressiveness and imagination?
  • Form and Function
    - Is this project something you or someone you know would want to use? - What is the aesthetic, and will people actually be interested in using the product? - Is the project usable for many (different) people? - Is the project easy to use?
  • Technical Difficulty of Demo
    - Is the project composed of many different parts? - Does the project require skill to assemble (and is mostly assembled)? - Did the participants learn and explore significantly to complete the project?
  • Function/Usability
    - Is this project something you or someone you know would want to use? - Is the project usable for many (different) people? - How well does it address the issue/need? - Is the project easy to use? - How complete is the project?
  • Impact
    - Would this project have a significant impact on someone’s life? - Would this help improve quality of life? - Is this something the participants are interested in pursuing further? - Does the project consider a broader world view?
  • Design
    - How aesthetically pleasing is the project? - Did thought go into project design? - Does the project combine quality design with quantitative complexity? - Does the design contribute to user experience?
  • NYU and Community Impact
    - How does the product impact the target community? - How might it affect NYU’s standing within that community and with other communities? - Does the project attempt to address or solve a problem that the NYU and other communities may have?
  • Assistive Tech: User-Testing Research
    Did they actually talk to people within their target population? Is this just a “good idea” that one of them had? Did they determine that there is a need for this product?
  • Educational Tech: Applicability to NYU and Community
    Does the project attempt to address or solve a problem that students, faculty, and staff may have during their time at NYU? Does the project use APIs provided by NYU or its partners? Can the project be used by any specific NYU department or school?
  • Sustainability & Social Impact: Effective Use of Limited Resources
    Is it well informed about the current needs and constraints? Does this project address a pressing or important problem space?

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