NYU hosts its 5th annual global, university-wide 48-hour marathon hackathon bringing together creators and innovators from all over the world
HackNYU, New York University’s largest global hackathon, will kick off its fifth anniversary event this year on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The hackathon, which will last for exactly 48 hours, is a collaborative competition where creators and developers from across the world are invited to team up to invent, innovate, and inspire.
Each team aims to find and create a technological solution to real-world problems from one of the four themed tracks—Assistive Technology, Healthcare, Education Technology, and Sustainability and Social Impact. This dynamic creative process requires the intersection of a myriad of disciplines. Many students and professionals from outside of the engineering and programming fields come armed with ideas, looking for teammates who can help them build these ideas into reality.
Reporters interesting in covering the event can email Christopher James or Eric Kwok for additional information. Interested individuals can follow the HackNYU marathon in real time through Twitter Snapchat Instagram and Facebook
Since its inception in 2013, HackNYU has grown exponentially. Starting with a small organizing team of less than five people, the first university hackathon yielded 75 student participants who only tackled challenges related to the local NYU community.
Fast forward two years, and HackNYU was now international, extending its participants globally to its portal campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. This year, the hackathon peaks with an organizing team of 30 students and over 1,500 participant sign-ups, more than 650 of which came in within 72 hours of registration opening.
“HackNYU is the one university event that unites all of NYU’s campuses across the world,” said Ana Bolsoni, who was also part of last year’s organizing team and is now HackNYU 2017’s Chair. “It brings creatives from every field of study imaginable together just to be inspired.”
Last year HackNYU inspired 41 total project submissions by the end of the weekend, resulting in 13 unbelievable winning teams producing apps that helped users learn a new language one word at a time, made healthcare more accessible by crowdsourcing information from local dental clinics, put thoughts into words by using a thought recognition system, and many more.
Jon Chin, one of the winners of last year’s Education Technology track, is now the lead developer of Sharemeals, a winning project of the Sustainability and Social Impact track in the same year.
“Sharemeals aims to solve the problem of hunger in university campuses through creating a platform for students to donate extra meals for those in need,” remarks Chin. “It also provides students with information on events happening around campus which offer free food with a real time, location based map.”
The Sharemeals team has greatly expanded their project since the hackathon, and they are now in conversation with a dozen different universities, including ones outside of the United States. Chin will be returning to HackNYU this year as the new head of the Sustainability and Social Impact track.
For more information about HackNYU, please visit hacknyu.org, and download their new app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices.
About the NYU Tandon School of Engineering
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within the country’s largest private research university and is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program. For more information, visit engineering.nyu.edu.