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The Upstate New York Developer Community


Hack Upstate is a weekend hackathon that happens twice a year (i.e. Fall & Spring) where developers, innovators and designers from Upstate New York come together in Syracuse, NY, share ideas, form teams and build awesome products!


Open Hackathon i.e. people can build whatever they want using whatever tools they'd like.


The Technology Garden
235 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Note: Teams are allowed to participate virtually, however they will not be able to demo their products; consequently will not be eligible to win prizes.


Hack Upstate intends to unite and facilitate collaboration among the greater Upstate New York hacker community. In doing so, we aim to contribute to the growth of Upstate New York's technology sector, and to create a robust network of technologists and regional technology companies.


Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th


Saturday October 12th

  • 11am: Doors open
  • 12pm: Idea pitching and team formation
  • 12:30pm: Commence hacking

Sunday October 13th

  • 11:59am: Cease hacking
  • 12pm: Guest speaker TBD
  • 12:30pm: Demos, pitches and presentations
  • 1:30pm: Awards ceremony


No code can be written until 12:30pm Saturday October 12th


  • Rain Agency
  • Centerstate CEO
  • Rounded
  • Z80 Labs
  • Madglory
  • Syracuse University iSchool
  • Eric Mower and Associates
  • Dwolla
  • Doolli
  • Iron.io
  • Lob


Jim Henderson

Senior Partner, Technical Director at Eric Mower & Associates

Jim is a doer who is passionate about identifying challenging problems and adeptly leveraging technology to address them. As Senior Partner, Director of Interactive Services, Jim is EMA's first-class technical guru responsible for strategic software implementation, architecture design and systems engineering training

Kishor Bagul

Chief Technology Officer, New York State

Kishor was recently appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the NYS Information Technology Services (ITS) where he acts as the principal technology advisor to the NYS CIO and chairs the Technology Governance Board on matters pertaining to enterprise architecture. In this capacity, Kishor aligns the State's technology vision and architecture with business strategy, leads all aspects of developing and implementing a State enterprise architecture and technology standards in support of the State's technology and business related needs.

Gordon Zheng

Developer Evangelist, Dwolla

Gordon Zheng is a Developer Evangelist at Dwolla. He is a lifelong hacker, engineer, and tinkerer. He's passionate about building things with a meaningful impact and enjoys writing about himself in third person.


Grand Prize

  • Google Nexus 7 Tablets

Second Place:

  • Syracuse Startup Weekend Tickets
  • Chromecasts

Dwolla Prize

  • Raspberry Pi Complete Starter Kits

The Syracuse iSchool's iHacker Award

  • Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Rounded's Density Prize

  • Density Device

Iron.io Prize

  • Arduino Uno R3 Starter Pack

Free Swag:

  • Hack Upstate T-Shirts
  • Dwolla Swag
  • Iron.io Swag
  • $20 Lob Credits

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity / Novelty (20%)
  • Wow factor (20%)
  • Execution (20%)
  • Polished Demo (20%)
  • Multidisciplinary product (20%)

Other Details:

  • Food and beverages will be provided to participants throughout the entire event (i.e. lunch, dinner, snacks, beer, soda, etc)

Organizer POCs:

Mitchell Paterson (mpatterson@centerstateceo.com)
Doug Crescenzi (doug@douglascrescenzi.com)

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or suggestions.