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March 16-17, 2019 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Troy, NY.

The Event

Looking to inspire and challenge innovators, developers, creators, and entrepreneurs in New York's Tech Valley and beyond, HackRPI’s 5th annual 24-hour hackathon will help attendees develop their skills, explore new technologies, and turn their curiosities and visions into opportunities.

But wait, there's more!

  • Food - Don't worry, it's on us! The HackRPI team will provide the endless sustenance to fuel your ideas. 🍕
  • Sponsors - You've got support! 💪 Professionals from the industry will be there with swag and mentorship. They're excited to see what you create.
  • Prizes - Oh yeah, we got 'em! Compete for awesome prizes, hand-picked by the HackRPI team and sponsors. 🏆
  • Hacks - Build an awesome project from scratch with the help of engineers and mentors. Build your resume and bring your idea to life! 🔨

This Year's Themes

Staying true to our mantra "why not change the world?", we're excited to introduce special tracks in Environmental Awareness and Sustainability, Data Privacy, and Accessibility in Education to tackle current problems in tech facing our world today.

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Environmental Awareness and Sustainability
Create an idea that tackles the drastically changing climate due to factors such as global warming. They can create a project that advocates for protection and sustainability to the world. This can also include the use of data and data visualization.

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Data Privacy
Create an innovative privacy solution that improves the privacy of the user or raises awareness and helps users understand the privacy implications of actions while using technology.

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Accessibility in Education
Create an idea that improves the way education is accessed in some way. Recognizing the moral obligation to build a more conducive and inclusive education system will, in turn, create an ecosystem of a well-educated, skilled workforce that can build and grow companies and contribute to a better tech future.


Saturday (March 16)

07:00 am Bus pickup at Penn Station, NYC
10:00 am Check-in begins
11:00 am Opening Ceremony
12:00 pm
Hacking begins
12:30 pm
01:30 pm
Workshop: Intro to Git
02:00 pm
Workshop: Google TensorFlow
03:00 pm
Pitch Competition
04:00 pm
Workshop: Google Cloud Platform
05:00 pm
Workshop: Bug-free Coding with SPARK Ada
06:30 pm
08:00 pm
Workshop: Embedded Hardware Club
09:00 pm
MLH Mini Event: Werewolf

Sunday (March 17)

12:00 am
Midnight Snack
08:00 am
10:00 am
Submissions opens
12:00 pm
Submissions end, Lunch
01:00 pm
Showcase and Judging
02:30 pm
Closing Ceremony
03:30 pm
Bus to Penn Station departs
03:30 pm
HackRPI ends


Darrin Communication Center @ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Troy, NY


Q. What if I have no experience?

A. You're in luck! Hackathons are the perfect place to learn and develop your skills. Whatever you're trying to accomplish, there will be tons of support, from workshops to mentors, all there to help make your HackRPI experience awesome.

Q. How do teams work at hackathons?

A. Working together with a team up to 4 members is highly encouraged. Of course you can hack solo, but there will be time after registration to join a team or create one.

Q. What should I bring?

A. Bring a valid ID (your student ID will be fine!), your laptop and charger, and enthusiasm! Make sure you bring some comfortable clothes and anything else you might need... and a toothbrush wouldn't be a bad idea. 😁

Q. How much does it cost to attend?

A. Nothing! Thank our sponsors for helping make this possible.

Q. Who's allowed to come?

A. If you're at least 18 or in college, please come through! If you'd like to volunteer to help out, please sign up here. If you are under 18 and not a college student, you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or stay the night in a hotel. If you are unable to do this but are still interested in attending a hackathon on RPI's campus, please check out Coding and Community Hackathon

Q. What can I win?

A. We strongly believe the goal of hackathons shouldn't be to win but to try out new technologies you haven't had the time to, or make connections with new people! However, yes, there will be awesome prizes. Check out past prizes here.

Q. Are there any rules and regulations?

A. Yes, we follow MLH's Code of Conduct which can be found here.

Q. Will any transportation be provided?

A. There will be a bus to transport participants between NYC and RPI. On Saturday, March 16, the bus will pick up people from 7:00am to 7:30am at Penn Station and will arrive at RPI between 9:30am and 10:00am. On Sunday, March 17th, the bus will pick up people at 3:30pm at RPI and will arrive at Penn Station around 6:00pm


Trip Advisor
WB Games New York
PUBG Madglory
Ernst & Young
Sticker Mule

Tech Domains
Wolfram Language
NY Tech Loop
Troy Web Consulting
Innovate 518
Tensor Flow


Major League Hacking
RPI Servino Center
RPI Embedded Hardware Club

Personal Donations

窗 雪 Andy K.

Major League Hacking 2019 Hackathon Season