Welcome to TechTogether New York's 2023 Hackathon! We are excited to welcome you in person from May 27 - 28th, 2023. At TechTogether New York, our mission is to empower all people of marginalized genders by providing opportunities to gain valuable skills and explore tech in an inclusive, inspiring, and engaging environment.

The event will take place in the fourth-floor ballroom of the D'Angelo Center at St. John's University. To partake in this event, you must register here. Please refer to our Gender Inclusivity Policy before registering to make sure you are eligible. 

Join us for two full days of skill-building and professional development workshops, networking with recruiters, and fun activities like face masks. Each participant can work with a team to build a project like a website or mobile application with the support of our mentors. Whether it's your first hackathon or your 100th, everyone has something to learn and contribute at this event!

Please register to join us for this hackathon!

TechTogether's hackathon season is brought to you by MicrosoftCapital One, and Balsamiq.

Requirements

You will have 2 minutes to present your project to each batch of judges, and an additional 2-3 minutes to answer any follow-up questions. Judging will be science fair style. We recommend doing a live demo of your project for your presentation. If your project is not functional, we recommend creating a short PowerPoint describing your project for the judges.

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Prizes

$2,610 in prizes

Best Use of Microsoft Cloud for Your Community

Bring your idea to life using the Microsoft Cloud - automatically build and deploy a full stack web app from a code repository, create and train a Machine Learning model, develop business applications with little to no code using Power Platform, and more! View our recommended popular solutions in the Education Hub at https://aka.ms/startedu. Build your hackathon project with the Microsoft Cloud that tackles a social impact issue of your choice, and have a chance to win a LinkedIn Premium 12-Month subscription and an XBox Ultimate 3-Month Game Pass.

Best Financial Hack with Capital One

Capital One would like to challenge everyone this weekend to create the best financial hack. Each member of the winning team will be awarded $250 Amazon gift cards.
While it’s not necessary to use, Capital One also has an awesome API you can utilize for your hack this weekend!
http://api.nessieisreal.com/

Microsoft Passport Challenge

Are you ready to travel around the Microsoft universe? Complete the following three (3) activities to receive a TechTogether sticker pack and digital certificate! Submit your entry here once you're done with all the activities: https://hackp.ac/microsoft-challenge-submit

Stop 1: Sign up for Azure for Students! Navigate to the link above and sign up for Azure for Students. Students, get Azure for free courtesy of Microsoft Azure. Full-time college students are eligible for a free Azure account with $100 in credits.
How-To Tutorial: https://youtu.be/1blgs6KeA_A Sign Up Link: https://hackp.ac/MSFT-Stop1
Take a photo of your dashboard once you've completed this step.

Stop 2: Create a GitHub repository! Navigate to GitHub and create a GitHub Repository.
How-To Tutorial: https://youtu.be/mK6Uo2qxUUM Navigate to GitHub https://hackp.ac/MSFT-Stop2
Save the link to your repo once you've completed this step.

Stop 3: Deploy a Service to Azure! Using your Azure for Students subscription, deploy any Azure service. It’s incredibly easy to get started, with Quickstart Templates and user guides on Microsoft Docs. You can deploy any code you have from your Github repo directly into Azure as well.
How-To Tutorial: https://youtu.be/BEYLnr5r1p4
Microsoft Tutorial: https://hackp.ac/MSFT-AzureDocs Navigate to Azure: https://hackp.ac/MSFT-Stop3
Take a photo of your deployment once you've completed this step.

Most Creative Use of GitHub

GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Most Creative Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment! Each member of the winning team will get a GitHub Octocat Puzzle and Sticker Bundle

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded prize for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Best Safety/Security

This security challenge invites you to develop a hack that aims to address any of a range of issues related to security, data protection, and privacy, such as protecting personal and sensitive data, securing online transactions, preventing cyber attacks, and tackling issues around safety for users – online and offline.

Each member of the winning team will get a TechTogether Bucket Hat and Heated Mug!

Best AI Hack

This challenge invites you to develop an AI, or use an existing AI in your project. Be clear in your submission on what you created vs public tools you utilized in your project. Each member of the winning team will get a TechTogether Water Bottle and a Moon Lamp!

Best Hack for the Future

This challenge invites you to create a project that looks towards the future. Each member of the winning team will get a TechTogether Bucket Hat and a Mechanical Keyboard!

Best Sustainability

This sustainability challenge invites you to develop a hack that provides an innovative and practical solution that promote sustainable development.
Each member of the winning team will get a TechTogether Water Bottle and Solar Charger!

Best Design

This design challenge invites you to develop a hack with innovative and visually appealing user interfaces (UI) and user experiences (UX). Each member of the winning team will get a TechTogether Bucket Hat and a Drawing Tablet!

Best First Time Hackers

This best first time hacker challenge is made to welcome new hackers (and those who work with beginners)! You are eligible for this category if at least half of your team is made of 1st time hackers. Each member of the winning team will get a TechTogether Water Bottle and a Rocketbook!

Best Engagement

This challenge invites you to develop in-person connections through fun activities and active participation. Attend workshops, take a picture at the photobooth, draw your own Byte, and more to collect secret codes for this challenge. Ask an organizer once you have completed an activity to get each code and submit at this link: https://hackp.ac/TTNYChallenge !
Each winner will get a TechTogether Water Bottle and a Portable Speaker!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

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Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Execution
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well-designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?

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