Multi-disciplinary teams get together to develop solutions to a specified problem or along a specified theme.  Hackathons are typically short, running anywhere from a 8 hours to 1-2 days, and have prizes for participants based on the quality and/or uniqueness of their contributions.  Competitions are more variable, and can range from a Hackathon level event up to a semester long event with multiple round and presentations.


16 to 17
Spring Hackathon

HackRPI is back for spring 2019 with another exciting hackathon! If  you like to code, solve problems, and learn new things in a collaborative and competitive environment then come join us in celebrating entrepreneurship and creativity in the Darrin Communications Center at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute on March  16-17.  This year for our fifth annual hackathon we will have three major themes to focus your hacking efforts on: Environmental Awareness and Sustainability, Data Privacy, and Accessibility in Education. We encourage students to not only find new creative solutions to challenging problems, but to also find ways to make the tools for doing so available to others. We welcome students from all areas of study and no prior coding experience is needed. There will be plenty of mentors available to help you make an amazing hack out of your great ideas.  There’s also free food so come on down and win some cool prizes, showcase your hacking skills, enjoy great company, and overall have a fantastic time!


Saturday (March 16)

10:00 am  Check-in begins

11:00 am Opening Ceremony

12:00 pm Hacking begins

12:30 pm Lunch

06:30 pm Dinner

Sunday (March 17)

12:00 am Midnight Snack

08:00 am Breakfast

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  HackRPI ends


Hacking is from noon on Saturday until noon on Sunday for a continuous

24 hours. The full event is from 10:00am Saturday until 03:30pm Sunday for a total of 29.5 hours.

Darrin Communications Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 10:00 am


15 to 16
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rensselaer Center for Open Source, in partnership with IBM, the UN Human Rights Office, and the International Network of the American Red Cross
East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV), Peoples Drive, Troy, NY 12180 10:00 am
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