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

Welcome to the Spring 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.

*NOTE* Registration on this Devpost does not equal registration to the event. You must have registered through the official typeform and received an email confirmation in order to attend this hackathon.



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

01:00pm Opening Ceremonies, & NYC and sponsor API presentations 

02:00pm Hacking Begins (see below for room list)

02:00pm Environment Setup Party - Get on-hands help from mentors to set up your programming environment! (Auditorium)

04:00pm Workshop 2 - Intro to Solidity: Get started with development on the Ethereum Blockchain (Room 101)

05:00pm Workshop 1 - APIs 101 (Auditorium)

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

08:30pm Ladies Storm Hackathons Meetup (Room 312) 

09:30pm MLH Event - Slideshare Karaoke (Auditorium)



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

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

08:00am Breakfast is Served (13th Floor Lounge) 

11:00am Devpost Submissions Due! 

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

12:00pm Demos Begin

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

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


If you will be working on an Android or iOS hack, we encourage you to work at the cortex corresponding to that technology. Cortexes are spaces for hackers working with the same technologies to work together, solve technical challenges, and debug. 

Please note that some rooms will have special events in them at different times during the hackathon and will have to be cleared during those events. Rooms with special events have been marked.

101 Open for Hacking
102 MLH Hardware Lab
109 Auditorium (Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Mentorship space)
201 iOS Cortex
202 Android Cortex 
312 Open for Hacking (This room must be cleared for Ladies Storm Hackathons meetup 8:30pm Saturday) 
317 Open for Hacking
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 


APIs 101  by Sam Agnew and Team Twilio. 3pm, Auditorium

Intro to Solidity: Get started with development on the Ethereum Blockchain - by Calvin Chan 4pm, Auditorium

Learn the basics of Solidity and how to write your first (hello world) smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain. This workshop will cover helpful developer tools and processes to help you get your first smart contract written and deployed onto the Ethereum Rinkeby (testnet) network. We'll learn how to write a Solidity program, compile it, deploy it, and test it. Basic programming experience will help, but not necessary! 


The following NYC and sponsor APIs will be demoed at our Opening Ceremonies. Technical Ambassadors representing each API will be around or online to help if you get stuck. For help with a specific API, see its channel on Slack. You may use any API you like, 

Clarifai | #clarifai-help | @clarifai 

Build smarter apps faster with Clarifai's powerful visual recognition technology. The Clarifai API lets your computer see and understand images and videos. Clarifai can automatically tag all of your photos or videos so you can quickly organize, manage, and search through your content. You can also train your own model to recognize new concepts using only a handful of data examples.  Using our search functionality you can find visually similar content, filter through using keyword tags, or any other combination of custom data points.

Come learn more about the API over at clarifai.com/developer.

GIPHY | #giphy-help | @GIPHYEng

GIPHY allows users to search, share, create, and discover all the best GIFs. The best GIF APIs on the planet, GIPHY has a fully rated catalog, leverages machine learning algorithms and can handle super high volume requests. The GIPHY API provides endpoints that can be used to implement GIF Search, Translate, Random, and Trending. You can find documentation to natively embed all the best features of GIPHY into your app at https://developers.giphy.com/
To learn more about GIPHY Engineering visit engineering.giphy.com and follow us on Twitter @GIPHYEng.

Twilio #twilio-help | @Twilio 

Twilio is a cloud communications platform that gives you the building blocks to add messaging, voice, and video in your web and mobile applications.

Learn about the API with the documentation here: https://www.twilio.com/docs/

Sign up for a free account at https://www.twilio.com/try-twilio

For free Twilio credits, use code: HACKNYSPRING2018 Twilio Docs: API Reference, Tutorials, and Integration
Collection of API reference documentation for Twilio APIs. Guides and quickstarts for integrating Twilio products and services into your web or mobile app. SDKs for popular web languages. Code snippets, tutorials, and sample apps for common use cases and communications solutions.


1. Getting started guide: https://developer.foursquare.com/docs/api/getting-started
2. Available endpoints at a glance, with links to detailed descriptions: https://developer.foursquare.com/docs/api/endpoints
3. API "explorer" where you can play with the API very easily (need to be logged in): https://foursquare.com/dev/docs/explore  

MongoDB #mongodb-help | @MongoDB
MongoDB, Inc. is the company behind the database for giant ideas. We build MongoDB and the drivers, and sell software and services to make your life easier. By offering the best of traditional databases as well as the flexibility, scale, and performance required by today’s applications, MongoDB lets innovators deploy apps as big as they can possibly dream. From startups to enterprises, for the modern and the mission-critical, MongoDB is the database for giant ideas.

Download MongoDB here: https://www.mongodb.com/download-center?jmp=nav#community

Documentation and Resources:

We are hiring! We are seeking students who have a solid foundation in computer science theory, with strong competencies in data structures, algorithms, and software design. Common languages we include: C++, Go, Ruby, Python, Java, Javascript, Node.js



The city of New York has over 1,300 open data sets available for you. You can find these athttps://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

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/

MTA Real-time Data feeds are now available - http://datamine.mta.info/


MLH Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct



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.  


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All projects must be submitted on DevPost by Sunday 11:00 AM, April 8th. 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.

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.


All projects must be submitted on DevPost by Sunday 11:00 AM, April 8th. 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.

How to enter

All projects must be submitted on DevPost by Sunday 11:00 AM, April 8th. 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.


Lauren Ashpole

Lauren Ashpole
Software Developer at Hearst

Ke Cheng

Ke Cheng
Founder and CEO at HistoWiz

Kamille Johnson

Kamille Johnson
Software Engineer at Elucd

Lisha Li

Lisha Li
Principal at Amplify Partners

Katie Notopoulos

Katie Notopoulos
Sr. Editor / Sr. Technology Reporter at Buzzfeed

Sisi Wei

Sisi Wei
Deputy News Applications Editor at ProPublica

Judging Criteria

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