Advancing Upstate NY'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!
$2,000 in prizes
Grant Prize ($1000)
First Runner Up ($500)
Best Effort Hack ($100)
Best Hardware Hack ($100)
TCGplayer API Prize ($200 amazon gift cards)
Provided by TCGplayer
Best Use of Open Data ($100)
Provided by Syracuse iSchool
Anyone can participate! If you're under 18, please complete our waiver here.
Developer Evangelist, TCGplayer
CEO, Grit Seed
Web Developer, Syracuse University
20% - Originality & Creativity & Novelty
Is the project new and something that hasn't been attempted before? How does this approach a unique solution to a problem?
20% - 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!
20% - Polish / Design / Execution
Did your team successfully execute your project concept? Is it usable? Does it work? Is it well designed? Is the user experience smooth?
20% - Demo / Presentation
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.
20% - Multidisciplinary project
We encourage and applaud interdisciplinary projects fueled by eclectic teams with diverse backgrounds.