At the start of the new year in 2021, students will unite to participate in the first ever virtually held CUNY Hackathon for non CUNY and CUNY students from all 25 schools within the City University of New York system.

The virtual two-day hackathon will attract over 1400 students and bring together students and professionals in creative fields, software development, marketing, and entrepreneurship to build solutions to problems unique to the New York City community. Students will also have the opportunity to learn during workshops or activities hosted during the Hackathon, all with the goal of improving our great city.

THEMES: Hack challenges in 5 themes:

1. Environment

2. Health

3. Finance

4. Entertainment

5. Social Impact

6. Wild Card


Event Dates/Times: January 23 - January 24

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Current college students are able to participate in this hackathon. Participants are encouraged to work in teams of up to 4 on a maximum of one project. Registration for CUNY Hackathon constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions (and any amendments to them) which are final and binding in all respects. All individuals and teams that apply to CUNY Hackathon must be accepted by the organizers in order to be eligible to participate.

The Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any participant and/or team from CUNY Hackathon  2021 if, in their sole discretion, the participant and/or team has not complied with these terms and conditions, has tampered with the operation of CUNY Hackathon  2021, or has engaged in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to the Organizers, CUNY Hackathon  2021, or any other participant and/or team. This determination is at the sole discretion of the Organizers.


  • A 1-3 minute video presentation of your project A.K.A. a demo

In addition to the video, please include a project description that discusses:

  • What inspired you to create this project?
  • Who created the project?
  • What does your project actually do?
  • How did you build your project?
  • Tag the technologies you used throughout your project.
  • What challenges did you face?
  • What accomplishments are you proud of?
  • What did you learn?
  • What is next for your project?

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,539 in prizes

First Place

Nintendo Switch

Second Place


Third Place

Foot Massager

Most Likely to Become a Startup (Sponsored by OpenScout)


Best Team Work

Smart Lightbulb

Best Designs (4)


Best Presentation (2)


Most Creative

"Creepy Hand Mold"

Best Beginner Hack (3)

Picnic Blanket

Best Once and Future Normal Hack

Ring Light

Best Environment Project

Solar Power Charger

Best Health Project

Smart Watch

Best Social Impact

3 Packs of Coffee

Best Wild Card

This Prize is a Mystery!

Bloomberg Sponsored Prize for Best Finance

Qoom Sponsored Prize

CHALLENGE: Build the best web app using the Qoom platform!

1. 1-year free Pro subscription with a domain registration (one per team)
2. Opportunity to be invited to Qoom Creator Group, a unique opportunity for high school and college students to work on real coding projects that impact Qoom products and community with mentorship from Qoom founders
3. Selected projects will be featured on our Project Gallery page

MUST use the Qoom platform to be eligible for a prize

Best Use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: Each winning team member will receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with embedded Arduino compatible board. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Best Domain Name from

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using during the weekend. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Backpack.


After-Quarantine Poster

People's Choice

Cup Warmer

Best Entertainment

This prize is a mystery!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Angie Kamath

Angie Kamath
University Dean, CUNY Central

Caridad Munoz

Caridad Munoz
Digital Content Creator, CUNY

Larry Ganzman

Larry Ganzman
Project Manager, Accenture

Rashi Arora

Rashi Arora
Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sahil Rahman

Sahil Rahman
eMoment India Pvt LTD

Livia Keseman

Livia Keseman
Strategic Projects Manager, Twentyeight Health

John Wong

John Wong
Production Engineer, Facebook

Rishab Mangla

Rishab Mangla
Software Engineer, Facebook

Burak Kanber

Burak Kanber
CTO, Tidal Labs

Jesus del Valle

Jesus del Valle
Head, R&D Open Innovation Stranger Things

Craig Calderone

Craig Calderone
Cofounder & Chief Product Officer, Within Health

Hans Castaneda

Hans Castaneda
Senior Application Developer, DRA Advisors

Chris Leon
Eng Manager, Google

Alvin Lin

Alvin Lin
Software Engineer, Google

Laura Chevalier

Laura Chevalier
Developer Relations Engineer, Google

Rachel Lederer

Rachel Lederer
Software Engineer, The New York Times

Kadu	Rodrigues

Kadu Rodrigues
Software Engineering Team Lead, Bloomberg

Sudharani Yerravelli

Sudharani Yerravelli
Senior QA Engineer, Bloomberg

Kasie Okpala

Kasie Okpala
Software Engineer, Bloomberg

Egor Semeniak

Egor Semeniak
Information Security Administrator, NVPS

Shobandeep Singh
Software Engineer, Wander Travel


Tinkoff Bank, Tinkoff Fintech

Samuel Wolnerman
Research Assistant/ML TA

Judging Criteria

  • Criteria
    Ambition, innovation, design, completeness, technologies, and presentation

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