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
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.
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.
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.
This hackathon is organized by Aquinas. Click here for more info.
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.
General Admission: $15.00 + $1.82 Fee
Students: $5.00 + $1.27 Fee
Yes, until 8AM on Saturday, September 17.
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.
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.
Participants are expected to build tools that are:
- easily accessible to children and parents
- fit into one of our two tracks
- while respecting privacy rights of users
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.
Yes. Please bring anything you’ll need to code (you can share equipment with a teammate), especially your biggest ideas!
Yes. The winners for each track will receive a money prize.
The jury’s composition will be announced closer to the date of the hackathon.
Email firstname.lastname@example.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:
- $300 Uber credit
- $200 Uber credit
Virtual Reality Modelling
Teams able to model some aspect of Stamford and import it into the City Stack could win:
- $300 Uber credit
- $200 Uber credit
Teams who create clever and new applications to best utilize open data and APIs could win:
- $300 cash prize
- $200 cash prize
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