Organized by CUNY Startups, Macaulay Honors College and students from various CUNY schools, the CUNY Hackathon unites students from 25 CUNY schools to work on innovative solutions in Health, Finance, the Arts, Social Impact, and the Environment. It will be an incredible 3 days of hacking. Work together on a team to build something cool.          

Prizes for ALL categories will be announced on Sunday October 20th around 2:55pm. Even if you’re not in the top 10 stick around, you can still win great prizes.


Day 1 - Friday, October 18 - 4pm-midnight


Day 2 - Saturday, October 19 - 9am -midnight


Day 3 - Sunday, October 20 - 9am - 3pm



Hack challenges in 5 themes: Health, Finance, Social Good, Arts, and the Environment.

29-hour sprint of ideas & coding.


  1. A team must have a minimum of 2 - 5 people.
  2. All members of a team must be current CUNY students (CUNY student IDs are required at check-in).
  3. All team members have to attend all 3 days of the Hackathon.
  4. Project must be relevant to the theme.

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$5,525 in prizes

1st Place - Oculus Go VR Headsets

2nd Place - Apple Air Pods

3rd Place - Polaroid Camera

Arts Track - 3D Doodler

Finance Track - Bitcoin Hardware Wallet

Health Track - Smart Watch

Environment Track - RAVPower Solar Charger

Social Impact Track - Monthly Metrocards

SoundSOUL Bluetooth Dancing Water Speakers

Sengled Smart LED Multicolor A19 Bulb

Tile Pro

Micro Quad Copter

Jelly Comb folding Bluetooth keyboard (2)

Amazon Gift Cards (4)

Starbucks Gift Cards (5)

Bluetooth Beanie Hat

R2D2 Limited Edition 4 Cup French Press

Bootcamp Prep Classes

1 year of LinkedIn Premium

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Austin Long

Austin Long
Project Manager / Kitamba

Mofi Rahman

Mofi Rahman
Software Developer and Developer Advocate / IBM

Angie Kamath

Angie Kamath
University Dean for Continuing Education and Workforce Development / CUNY

Raymond Blum

Raymond Blum
DevOps Tech Lead Manager / Google

Surprise Judge

Surprise Judge

Judging Criteria

  • Judging Criteria
    1st stage: Judges will review your work & you have 3 min to present, 3 min for Q&A. The top 10 projects will move on. 2nd stage: The top ten projects present for a new set of judges. If you’re in the top 10, you’ll have 4 min to present & 3 min for Q&A
  • When presenting for any stage your idea you must cover:
    - What’s your idea and/or what problem are you solving - What’s the most valuable thing you've learned at the Hackathon - Demo the product (no sign-in screen)

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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