Students from across all 24 CUNY schools get together for an incredible 3 days of hacking. Work together on a team to build something cool.


Choose an idea or a problem to solve that a tech company in NYC would be impressed by. Create a project you are proud of to add to your resume. Design a new product or service for Etsy? Build an app for eBay? The sky is the limit. It can be anything you want to build that they would find impressive.

21-hour sprint of ideas & coding. Prizes. Free food. Free swag. Bragging rights. Friends. Fun.

Ask the 200+ students who did the CUNY Hackathon in October 2016 - it was intense, productive and fun! Photos here:


  • You must be a current CUNY student to participate

  • You need to hack on all three days

  • Form a team of 2-5 people


You have 3 minutes to pitch.

You must cover the following:

- What is your idea and/or what problem are you solving

- Why would this impress a tech company

- What is the most valuable thing you've learned during the Hackathon

- Demo the product (no sign-in screen)

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,480 in prizes

Ricoh Theta 360 cameras

One camera per team member, up to 5 cameras.

BB8 App-Enabled Droid

One droid per team member, up to 5 droids.

$2,000 Scholarship to Make School Summer Academy

Best iOS hack OR Best beginner hack wins $2,000 scholarships for the winning team members to attend Make School's Summer Academy.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Liz Vilchis

Liz Vilchis

Remko de Knikker

Remko de Knikker
IBM Cloud

Olga Bartnicki

Olga Bartnicki
CUNY Startups

Pete Harrison

Pete Harrison

Raymond Blum

Raymond Blum

William Wu

William Wu
Make School

Judging Criteria

  • How compelling is the user story
  • How original is the idea
  • Look and feel of the product
  • Is the problem/solution clear
  • How far completed

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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