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Last weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting nearly 200 students at the NYU Courant Institute for hackNY’s 2016 Fall Hackathon! For 24 hours, hackers teamed up to build apps, games, and data analytics platforms – many for their first hackathon! They integrated technologies such as image recognition, texting APIs along, databases, and hosting services, thanks to the help of mentors from NYC startups MongoDB, Buzzfeed, Twilio, and Clarifai. Hacks ranged from a VR game defending the hackerspace to a web platform allowing users to visualize how Twitter users feel about the current election.


Presenters from NY Tech Companies

Presenters from NY Tech Companies




After snapping some cool shots at the MLH photobooth, hackers could attend Saturday’s workshop on Data Visualization in Python – or attend MLH’s Capture the Flag game to learn the basics of cybersecurity. Some 25 of our women hackers attended the traditional Ladies Storm Hackathons meetup where they bonded over common interests and decorated cupcakes.


We enjoyed food from New York favorites such as Sophie’s Cuban, Veselka’s Ukrainian Diner, Schnitz, and the Kati Roll Company. Insomnia Cookies and Matchabar Tea donated their products for our midnight surprise to power hackers through the night and our friends at Kings Kolaches joined us in the early morning to heat up their delicious stuffed kolaches for breakfast!


Keeping our hackers fed

Keeping our hackers fed


hackNY also opened up applications for its 2017 Fellowship Program during the hackathon! Apply for the best summer of your life, where you will be paired with a NY startup, attend varied talks about all facets of the tech world, and share housing with the other awesome fellows and mentors!


hackNY 2016 fellows

hackNY 2016 fellows


Teams demoed their projects to our awesome panel of judges covered in our last blog post. Thank you to our judges, mentors, and volunteers who truly made our event possible. Thank you also to our sponsors: Quotidian Ventures, MongoDB, Buzzfeed, a16z, Twilio, Flybridge Capital, and Ultrapress!


All of our submissions and winners are listed on our Devpost. Don’t forget to check out our photos on Flickr!

1st place - Funsquare

1st placeFunsquare
Showing you which venues are trending on Foursquare through a phone camera and live AR markers.



2nd place - Defending hackerspace

2nd placeDefending hackerspace
Wreck some hackers and be the best defender in Virtual Reality



3rd place - Soundscape VR

3rd placeSoundscape VR
Build an immersive virtual-reality world out of a song with interactive elements that react uniquely to it.




Our top three hacks will present at the New York Tech Meetup!


Most Self-ReliantDynamo
Web app designed to organize a queue of major tasks by set priority.


Most TopicalClownspotter


Best Hack DesigniScavengerHunt
Scavenger hunt app used to help automate some of the annoying clerical parts of scavenger hunts.


Best Hack Using A Presented APIText2Song
Everyone is the DJ at your party


Best Hardware HackKeyboard Keyboard
Efficient and cool alternative input and output method


Best First Hackok emoji dot com
Visual and anonymous emoji based sentiment analysis


Best Use of MongoDB(sponsored by MongoDB)DnD Monster Lookup


Best Use of Twilio(sponsored by Twilio)Text2Song


Best Use of Amazon Web Services(sponsored by AWS)Ordr-In


Best Device Privacy Hack(sponsored by Watch Dogs® 2)Stegochat


#HackHarassment(sponsored by MLH)Clownspotter


Best Domain Name (sponsored by domain.com)ok emoji dot com

Our awesome panel of judges

Thanks again to our awesome panel of judges


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