NYU's global hackathon made possible in NYU Shanghai!

HackNYU is NYU's annual student-run hackathon, where people of all disciplines come together to create a project that addresses one of several social initiatives, or “tracks”. It takes place simultaneously in New York, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai over 48 hours, with this devpost specifically designed for NYUSH. This year, HackNYU will be from February 15th to 17th. HackNYU is free, and made possible thanks to our wonderful sponsors and volunteers.

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$200 in prizes

Financial Empowerment

This track is meant to yield projects that are interdisciplinary in nature. Teams will draw from end-user insights and needs, as well as the domains of occupational therapy, medicine, and engineering. This track is suitable for teams dedicated to the development of adaptive and assistive tech to increase accessibility for people with a diverse set of challenges. Teams should look into creating inclusive systems, designing human-centered projects, and furthering intellectual and applied practices in the area of access and ability.

Educational Technology

This track brings together the brightest minds in students, app developers, educators, and academic leaders to exchange ideas and build connections between the education sector and emerging technologies at NYU and its partners. This track is suitable for teams working on solving real problems and challenges in the classroom, creating apps that have a substantial impact on fostering a more effective and stimulating learning environment, or looking to connect with people from the worlds of education, technology, and the fusion of the two.

Heath and Well-Being

This track is an intersection of finding creative solutions, building empathy, and developing transformative technologies that enable universal health for millions around the world. With the goal of bringing impactful change to practice and distribution of medicine, this track focuses on making healthcare both accessible and preventative. This track is suitable for teams dedicated to improving technologies in illness diagnosis, global health literacy, patient compliance, and information storage.

Sustainability & Social Impact

This track is for hacks that promote social or environmental good. This can be anything from a hack that helps determine water usage through audio analysis or a website that can help find eco friendly clothing. What’s important is that the hack actively help people, whether as a community or as a whole. Example problems include: How can we track emission data within cities? Are there ways to make it more relevant to daily life? Is there a way to explain the effects of global warming in a more clear, comprehensible and nuanced way to the general public.

Best Hack Award

Winners who show the most development from once they started hacking on Friday will be given a large trophy and prize. The details for Best hack involve the judge's discretion on all the criteria being exceedingly fulfilled.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


You must opt in to one and only one track, but you may opt in to as many sponsor prizes as you are eligible for.


Submit everything by Sunday, February 17th, at 1:00 PM CST to be eligible for main prizes. Only projects developed over the course of the beginning of the semester will be eligible. If you are using projects that were built in the far past and are building something new on top of it, you may still be eligible but please let us know ahead of time. We will evaluate only the parts which you made over the weekend.

How to enter

Projects must be submitted to Devpost to be judged. You can pick one track prize to submit for (http://hacknyu.org/tracks), and any number of sponsor prizes, which are judged separately by our sponsors.


Keith Ross

Keith Ross
Dean of Engineering and Computer Science, Affiliated Professor of Engineering and Computer Science, NYU Shanghai; Professor of Computer Science, Tandon School of Engineering, NYU

Gus Xia

Gus Xia
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU

Olivier Marin

Olivier Marin
Professor of Practice in Computer Science

Judging Criteria

  • Innovativeness/Creativity
    Is the project original? Have you never seen an idea like this before? Does the project go beyond traditional rules, patterns, and/or definitions? Does the project demonstrate progressiveness and imagination? Is the new idea meaningful?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the project an integration of different + unique parts? Does the project require high technical skill to assemble? Is it mostly assembled? Did the participants learn + explore new concepts to complete the project? Were devices/APIs used meaningfully?
  • Usability
    Is this project something you or someone you know would want to use? How close is the project to being usable or the final project? Is the project easily usable and accessible for many (different) people? How complete is the project?
  • Relevance and Impact
    How applicable is this project to the challenge? Does it fully address the problem its trying to solve? Does it consider the broader context of the problem? Does it offer significant + impactful change? Could it have positive impact on the world?
  • Design and Quality
    How aesthetically pleasing is the project? Does the project’s design show sympathy for the user? Does it combine quality design w/ quantitative complexity? Is the user interface fun, captivating, and dynamic? Is there a quality experience for users?
  • Applicability to NYUSH
    Does the project attempt to address a problem that members of the University community may have? Does the project use APIs provided by NYUSH or other publicly available APIs? Can the project be used by any specific NYUSH department or school?