Welcome to the Spring 2015 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.

hackNY also operates a successful fellowship program which connects top computer science students with the best startups in the NYC tech community.

Due to high demand, admissions to hackNY are currently closed. If you'd like to be added to our waitlist please email us at info@hackny.org. Watch our opening and closing cermonies live at twitch.tv/mlh.

Code of Conduct

hackNY Hackathons:

hackNY is a community hackathon intended for collaboration and learning in the student community.

We value the participation of each member of the student community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the hackathon.

To make clear what is expected, all attendees and speakers at this hackathon are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.

Code of Conduct:

Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal comments, hacks, or other online activity related to sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, physical appearance, race, religion, sexual images, deliberate intimidation, stalking, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If participants fail to comply they will be asked to leave the event.

Be careful and mindful of the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary comments and hacks can be offensive to those around you.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the hackathon organizers will take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the hackathon.

Incident Reporting

If you see or experience any incidents that violate the hackNY code of conduct or make you feel uncomfortable feel free to reach out to any hackNY volunteer. If you wish to remain anonymous you can text or call +1 866-973-2654 to file an incident report.


12:00 PM Registration [Schapiro Building]
12:00 PM Pizza
1:00 PM NYC startup API presentations and community announcements [Davis Auditorium, Overflow in NW Corner]
3:00 PM Hacking starts
3:30 PM hackNY Novices I - Intro to IOS: Jeremy Rossmann Make School [MUD 644]
4:30 PM hackNY Novices II - Intro to Ardunio: Bonnie Eisenman Codecademy [MUD 633]
5:30 PM hackNY Novices III - How to be a badass hacker: Mike Swift MLH [Davis Auditorium]
6:30 PM Ladies Storm Hackathons Meetup, room 415 CEPSR (aka "Schapiro")
7:30 PM Dinner
11:00 PM Nap rooms open
12:00 AM Midnight surprise
2:00 AM MLH mini event
3:30 AM Late night food
8:30 AM Breakfast
11:30 AM Demo deadline and lunch
12:30 PM Present projects
2:00 PM Judges deliberate
2:15 PM Winners announced and prizes awarded
2:45 PM Cleanup and go home

Campus Directions

NOTE All participants and guests should enter campus from the main gates on 116th & Broadway or 116th & Amsterdam. View campus map with arrows.

Registration for the hackathon starts at 12pm Saturday in the Schapiro Building. All participants must check in at the registration table and show their student ID. Once confirmed, you will receive a hackNY wristband and are ready to hack. Hacking will take place primarly in the MUDD building. Available rooms will have signs placed on them indicating they are hacking spaces.

For maps of avalible spaces, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Food will be served in the lobby of Schapiro, outisde of the main auditorium.

Technical Ambassadors

Ambassador Ambassador Ambassador Skills
Will Blew @willblew Linode Pytdon, Perl, Java, MySQL, Project Management, API consumption
Kunal Batra @kunal732 SendGrid Objective-C, Swift, Pytdon
Ricardo Feliciano @FelicianoTech Linode PHP, JavaScript, Pytdon, UI/UX, documentation and code structure.
Steven Lu @stevenlu Abacus angular, node
Eddie Zaneski @eddiezane SendGrid Ruby, JavaScript/Node, Pytdon, Go, Java, PHP, All tdings servers and web frameworks
Mattdew Madurski   Offerpop Pytdon, Javascript, HTML, CSS, SQL, MongoDB, C#
Lee Morris @LeeAllanMorris Offerpop Inc Pytdon, Flask, Django, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, API Dev, AWS, Linux, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, JQuery, React, ExtJS, Embedded Development, Board Support Packages, Signal Processing,
Robert Lum   Offerpop Front End Development
Andrew Hitti @aahitti Lettuce: heylettuce.com ios dev, android dev, pytdon + flask, mongo, sql, aws, heroku
Gerard O'Neill @grardb Etsy Web development
Randall Hunt @jrhunt Amazon Web Services Pytdon
Robin Johnson @rbin SendGrid Inc. Elixir, Golang, Ruby, Rails
Wolfgang Kulhanek @wkulhanek IBM Cloud, Bluemix, Node, Java
Sandhya Kapoor @sandhyakapoor9 ibm IBM Bluemix
German Attanasio Ruiz @germanatt IBM Node.js, Java, Pytdon
Shreyans Bhansali @5hreyans Socratic Pytdon/Javascript
Sandy Barnabas @codersandy Google Pytdon, javascript, Java, C#, Mac, Linux, Google Cloud Platform, Azure, etc.
Phillip Quiza @pquiza MongoDB MongoDB, Pytdon, Java, Go, JavaScript
Jonatdan Balsano @jrbalsano MongoDB Javascript, HTML, CSS (Web)
Joseph Song @ijoosong Yodle Pytdon, Arduino, Embedded, Matlab
Frank Tisellano @franktisellano Yodle Product Management, Design, Information Architecture, Front-end Development.
William Hoang @sweetiewill Couchbase Inc. Mobile - Android - Database
Jim McVea @mcvea IBM Node.js, Java, IBM Bluemix, Git, Front-end (HTML, JS, CSS)
Joseph Dooley @techwriterjoe Linode Linux, HTML, Hosting, Websites
Daniel Haaser @danielhaaser Make School iOS, Objective-C, Swift, Cocos2d, SpriteBuilder
Dion Larson @dionlarson Make School Objective-C/Swift/iOS Game Dev/iOS apps, Rails/Ruby/HTML/CSS, Pytdon
Claire Treyz @clairetreyz Make School iOS Game Dev/iOS Apps/Objective-C/Swift, Pytdon
Aaron Franco @clickslideCTO Clickslide Full-Stack Development
Lauren St Jean   Yodle Inc Product Support Working witd developers, product managers, and end users.
Nick Moloney   Yodle Software Engineer (Backend Java)
Bobbie Cochrane @bobbiecochrane IBM Database, Bluemix
Tejas Parikh @tejasparikh IBM Java, PHP, Pytdon, RoR, Bluemix, Watson
Peter Zvaleny   Yodle java, spring, html, javascript, sql, nosql
Cassidy Williams @superandomness, @venmodev Venmo Web -> HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, React, Backbone, Django, Rails, Java, Pytdon, C++


Hacking Rooms

Hacking rooms will become available at the end of opening ceremonies.

ENG 253
MUD 227
MUD 327
MUD 337
MUD 627 - MLH Hardware Checkout & Snack Room
MUD 633 - Ardunio Cortex
MUD 644 - IOS Cortex
MUD 825
MUD 833


Digital Ocean

Other Information

If you have any questions our hackNY staff will be wearing Red hackNY shirts with Black Ink. Feel free to ask any of them or reach out to us over twitter (@hackNY) or email (info@hackNY.org.)

We'll be using email, twitter and sms messaging to communicate with all attendees. Be sure to follow us on twitter for the most up to date information!

In case of an emergency reach out to Shy Ruparel or Eric Wu. A staff member will be able to direct you to them.


Rooms highlighted in red are avalible to hack.



All projects must be submitted on Challenge Post by Sunday 11:30 AM, March 8th. Teams can be up to 4 members and all projects must be started at hackNY. All team members must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the time of submission.


Participants should submit a project to be eligible to present. Presentation length will be decided based on how many submissions we recieve.

Projects must be functioning demos. Powerpoints and slides are extremely discouraged.

Judging Referee

Rob Spectre: Dev Evangelist/Referee/Twilio

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,698 in prizes

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

The 8breaker

A prize for not being any of the hacks mentioned in this blog post: http://tessrinearson.com/blog/?p=452

Hardware Hack

Best Command Line

Most APIs

Most Technically Impressive

Funniest Hack

Hack for Silicon Harlem

$500 from Civic Hall's Andrew Rasiej + Mentoring from ChallengePost's Brandon Kessler for the best open source hack that showcases and maps Harlem’s growing tech ecosystem. This is associated with a longer challenge starting 3/8. For details and sample data go to http://harlemtech.challengepost.com/

Best use of MongoDB

Amazon Gift Cards + MongoDB Swag

Best LInode Hosted Hack

Linode - Best project posted on hosted on a Linode server wins Raspberry Pi's for the team members

Best IBM Bluemix Hack (2)

USB Speaker system for the best use of Bluemix

Top Yodle Hacks (3)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

All projects must be submitted on ChallengePost by Sunday 11:30 AM, March 8th. Teams can be up to 4 members and all projects must be started at hackNY. 


Amy Greenwald

Amy Greenwald
CS Professor at Brown University

Naz Erkan

Naz Erkan
Data Scientist/Twitter

Noemie Elhadad

Noemie Elhadad
Professor, Columbia University

Bonnie Eisenman

Bonnie Eisenman
Software Engineer/Code Academy

Judging Criteria

  • Awesomeness
    That's it. No hockey sticks, no market. Just awesomeness. Huge thanks to the s2015 Judging referee who will field any questions: Rob Spectre; Dev Evangelist/Referee/Twilio

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