About the Stamford Hackathon

For our third outing, we’re bringing together amazing partners like IBM, Pitney Bowes, Uber, Indeed and more, to give you the best data & APIs around.

The coding challenges will be focused on Smart Cities, specifically transportation, and you’ll have access to city models, datasets and the best VR gear.

All three days will be completely open to the public, with speakers, robots, virtual reality and other technology on display for attendees. We have specially designated areas for hackathon participants to ensure freedom to work and build the next great breakthrough!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where computer programmers and software developers get together and awesome software projects in a short time. Our hackathons occur over a 48-hour weekend.

OMG hacking?

Please note that our hackathon is aimed at getting the input of hackers as a positive force, not in the sense of a security threat.

Who’s sponsoring this hackathon?

This year’s sponsors include IBM, Uber, Amtrak, Pitney Bowes, Stamford Innovation Center, Sacred Heart, UConn, WestFair Communications and more! We also thank the many other organizations and individuals have supported this project by donating funds, creating the buzz, suggesting improvements, etc.

Who is the organizer of this hackathon?

This hackathon is organized by Aquinas. Click here for more info.

Do I have to develop something all by myself or can I be part of a team?

Whichever works best for you! You can work on your own, but building a great team (with a back-end developer, a database whiz and a front-end designer) allows you to divide responsibilities and spend more time on your strongest areas. We would definitely recommend having a developer / designer combination. You must build a great solution, and if your project is also visually appealing, you maximize your chances of getting noticed.

How do I register for the hackathon?

You can register for the hackathon on our home page or at Eventbrite.

What are the costs?

General Admission: $15.00 + $1.82 Fee

Students: $5.00 + $1.27 Fee

Is the ticket cost refundable?

Yes, until 8AM on Saturday, September 17.

What are the tracks?

Smart Cities Challenges

A smart city is a vision to integrate multiple Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to manage a city’s assets, like transportation systems. ICT allows interactions with the community and city infrastructure, to monitor the city and enable a better quality of life. The information and knowledge gathered are keys to tackling problems and creating solutions. The winning team will create the best solution for real people living in Stamford’s community.

Virtual Reality

The demand for developing virtual reality experiences has increased with the rise of consumer devices. The winning team will create the most value-added service and interface in this new medium.

What deliverables are expected for each of the tracks?

Participants are expected to build tools that are:

  • innovative
  • user-friendly
  • multi-platform
  • easily accessible to children and parents
  • fit into one of our two tracks
  • while respecting privacy rights of users

I can’t stay whole 48 hours, can I still participate?

Of course! We realize that 48 hours is a long time, and that some people might have other commitments or even want to shower or sleep. We do strongly encourage you to be present for the initial few hours during the startup demos, and for the final few hours for the presentations and judging.

Will there be free Wi-Fi?


Do I have to bring my own laptop?

Yes. Please bring anything you’ll need to code (you can share equipment with a teammate), especially your biggest ideas!

Will there be prizes?

Yes. The winners for each track will receive a money prize.

Will there be free food?


What if I create something that rocks? Who owns it?

Participants retain their copyright, but need to agree that their projects will be made available online for free to the community under a GPLv3 or Apache v2.0 license – as these licenses/versions have explicit patent releases built in.

Who is on the Jury?

The jury’s composition will be announced closer to the date of the hackathon.

More questions?

Email info@stamfordhackathon.org, if you have any more questions!

The Stamford Hackathon will feature 3 unique tracks and challenges for teams to pursue, each with their own winners and rewards.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Teams who build the best app or experience that integrates VR and/or AR could win:

  1. $300 Uber credit
  2. $200 Uber credit
Virtual Reality Modelling

Teams able to model some aspect of Stamford and import it into the City Stack could win:

  1. $300 Uber credit
  2. $200 Uber credit
Smart Cities

Teams who create clever and new applications to best utilize open data and APIs could win:

  1. $300 cash prize
  2. $200 cash prize

Register for the Stamford Hackathon Now!

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