Hack Upstate XI
Build, Break, Collaborate
April 14 and 15th, 2018
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What to expect

Here is what to expect for the duration of the event.

Share Ideas

Bring an idea that you have and the skills you are looking for. You'll be able to pitch your idea to everyone at the event kickoff around 12:30 on Saturday.

Form Teams

Teams tend to form organically around the pitched ideas. You can also go solo if you'd like. There is no limit to members on a team!

Build Projects

Hack away! All types of projects are encouraged.

Win Prizes

After 24 hours of hard work, you'll present your projects to everyone. Judges will then select some winners to take home some awesome prizes.


We're fortunate to have a tremendous group of sponsors who are instrumental to our mission (more coming soon!).


Thanks to our awesome sponsors for generously contributing the following prizes

Grand Prize

Team Name TBD

  • $1000

First Runner Up

Team Name TBD

  • $500

Buffalo Civic Innovation Challenge

Buffalo Innovates Website

Team Name TBD

  • $100
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Best UI / UX

Provided by ITX Corp

Team Name TBD

  • $100

Best Hardware Hack

Provided by Thimble.io

Team Name TBD

  • Arduino starter kits (3x)


We're fortunate to have an awesome panel of judges!

Jon Parry

Jonathan Parry

Adam Jwaskiewicz

Sheila Herbert

Tierney Cyren

Judging Criteria

Here's how we decide upon the winners

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 (20%)

We encourage and applaud interdisciplinary projects fueled by eclectic teams with diverse backgrounds.


Here is what you can expect over the span of 24 hours.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Doors Open 11:00 AM

Intro and Kickoff 12:00 - 12:45 PM

Kickoff Ends, Idea Pitching 12:45 - 1:15 PM

Form Teams, Begin Hacking 1:15 PM

Lunch 2:00 PM

Dinner 7:00 PM

Lots of Coffee Arrives 9:00 PM

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Breakfast + Coffee 9:00 AM

Stop hacking, Submit Projects 11:45 AM

Demo Intro, Welcome Judges 12:00 PM

Project Presentations 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Judge Deliberation 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Award Ceremony 1:45 PM


Questions? We have answers. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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