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!


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

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,940 in prizes

[$1000] Grand Prize

[$500] First Runner Up

Best Hardware Hack - Arduino starter kits (3x)

Huge thank you to Thimble (thimble.io) and Arrow for providing these!

[$100 + Udemy Credits] Best UX - Provided by ITX Corp

PUBG Madglory API Prize

Hats, t-shirts, Mousepads, Game Codes (Steam and Xbox)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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.
    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!
    To what extent did your team successfully execute upon your project concept over the course of 24 hours?
    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.
    We encourage and applaud interdisciplinary projects fueled by eclectic teams with diverse backgrounds.

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