Advancing Upstate New York's Technology Community

Hack Upstate’s mission is to unite and facilitate collaboration among the greater Upstate New York technology community. In doing so, we aim to contribute to the growth of Upstate New York’s technology sector and to create a robust network of technologists and regional technology companies.

Hack Upstate organizes weekend hackathons twice a year (i.e., Fall & Spring) where developers, designers, engineers and innovators from across Upstate New York come to Syracuse, NY, to share ideas, form teams, build projects, and win awesome prizes in 24 hours. The event is free to attend for all participants. Join us!

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Eligibility

Anyone can participate! There is no limit on the number of members that you can have on a team.

Judges

Jonathan Parry

Jonathan Parry
Director, Genius NY

Adam Jwaskiewicz

Adam Jwaskiewicz
Vice President of Digital Services, Pinckney Hugo Group

Sheila Herbert

Sheila Herbert
Product Innovation Lead, ITX Corp

Tierney Cyren

Tierney Cyren
Developer Advocate, NodeSource

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    We celebrate ingenuity and creativity! Have an idea for a project that sounds crazy to tackle (especially in a 24 hour period)? Perfect.
  • WOW FACTOR
    Subjective and buzz-wordy, huh? That's what makes it fun :) We know you have something up your sleeve that's going to knock our socks off!
  • EXECUTION
    To what extent did your team successfully execute upon your project concept over the course of 24 hours?
  • INFORMATIVE DEMO
    You'll have 2-3 minutes for a demo to tell the judges about your project, followed by a Q/A. We're interested in the problems you solved, API's you leveraged, technologies used, and lessons learned. We recommend a quick powerpoint.
  • MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROJECT
    We encourage and applaud interdisciplinary projects fueled by eclectic teams with diverse backgrounds.