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!
$2,300 in prizes
Grand Prize [$1000]
First Runner-up [$500]
Best Hardware Hack [$100]
Best Effort Hack [$100]
Best Use of Collectible Gaming Data [Amazon Gift Cards]
Best Use of Stae’s API using a Syracuse Dataset [$200]
AIS Prize [Amazon Gift Cards]
Anyone can participate! If you're under 18, please complete our waiver here.
How to enter
Simply sign up here.
We celebrate ingenuity and creativity! Have an idea for a project that sounds crazy to tackle (especially in a 24 hour period)? Perfect.
[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!
To what extent did your team successfully execute upon your project concept over the course of 24 hours?
[20%] 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.
[20%] MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROJECT
We encourage and applaud interdisciplinary projects fueled by eclectic teams with diverse backgrounds.