Hack Upstate XII
Build, Break, Collaborate
October 6th and 7th, 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.


Thanks to our awesome sponsors for generously contributing the following prizes

Grand Prize

Homebuyer Open House Web App

  • $1000

First Runner Up


  • $500

Best Hardware Hack

Holographic Checkers

  • $100

Best Business Disruptor Idea

Provided by Raymour and Flanigan

Hack My Team

  • $100 & Gift Cards

Best User Experience

Provided by TCGPlayer


  • $100

Best Use of Esri Technology

Provided by Esri

Homebuyer Open House Web App

  • $100

Honorable Mention

Face of the Future

  • $100


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

Matt Checksfield

AJ DeDio

Josh Burdick

Joshua Burdick

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, October 6, 2018

Doors Open 11:00am

Intro and Kickoff 12:00 - 12:45pm

Idea Pitching 12:45 - 1:15pm

Form Teams, Begin Hacking 1:15pm

Lunch - Jimmy John's 2:00pm

Provided by Raymour & Flanigan

Raymour & Flanigan Talk 2:15 - 3:00pm

Why Wearing Shoes in an Interview is Optional

Cornell Talk 3:00 - 3:30pm

Top 5 Hacks to Get Hired for Any Position

Dinner - Pavone's 7:00pm

Provided by TCGPlayer and Cornell

Lots of Coffee 9:00pm

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Breakfast - Cafe Kubal 9:00am

Provided by OBG

Stop hacking, Submit Projects 11:45am

Intro, Welcome judges 12:00 - 12:15pm

Demos 12:15 - 1:45 pm

Judge Deliberation 1:45 - 2:00 pm

Award Ceremony 2:00pm


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

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