Hack Rochester
Hosted by Hack Upstate
Rescheduled for October 24-25, 2020
Doors open at 11am on Saturday
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What to expect

Here is what to expect for the duration of the event.

Share Ideas

Bring an idea that you have and the skills you are looking for. You'll be able to pitch your idea to everyone at the event kickoff around 12:30 on Saturday.

Form Teams

Teams tend to form organically around the pitched ideas. You can also go solo if you'd like. There is no limit to members on a team!

Build Projects

Hack away! All types of projects are encouraged.

Win Prizes

After 24 hours of hard work, you'll present your projects to everyone. Judges will then select some winners to take home some awesome prizes.


Here is what you can expect over the span of 24 hours.

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

Doors Open 11:00am

Intro and Kickoff 12:00 - 12:45pm

Idea Pitching 12:45 - 1:15pm

Form Teams, Begin Hacking 1:15pm

Lunch 2:00pm

Provided by TBD

Dinner 7:00pm

Provided by TBD

Lots of Coffee Brewed 9:00pm

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

Breakfast Pizzas & Breakfast Sandwiches 9:00am

Provided by TBD

Stop hacking, Submit Projects 11:45am

Intro, Welcome judges 12:00 - 12:15pm

Demos 12:15 - 1:45 pm

Judge Deliberation 1:45 - 2:00 pm

Award Ceremony 2:00pm


We're fortunate to have a tremendous group of sponsors who are instrumental to our mission.


Thanks to our awesome sponsors for generously contributing the following prizes

Grand Prize

Team TBD

  • $500

First Runner Up

Team TBD

  • $300

Honorable Mention


  • $100

Best Use of Open Data


  • $100

Best Social Good Hack


  • $100


We're fortunate to have an awesome panel of judges!

Vincent Esposito

Name TBD

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Judging Criteria

Here's how we decide upon the winners

20% - Originality & Creativity & Novelty

Is the project new and something that hasn't been attempted before? How does this approach a unique solution to a problem?

20% - Wow Factor

Subjective and buzz-wordy, huh? That's what makes it fun :) We know you have something up your sleeve that's going to knock our socks off!

20% - Polish / Design / Execution

Did your team successfully execute your project concept? Is it usable? Does it work? Is it well designed? Is the user experience smooth?

20% - Demo / Presentation

You'll have 2-3 minutes for a demo to tell the judges about your project, followed by a Q/A. We're interested in the problems you solved, API's you leveraged, technologies used, and lessons learned. We recommend a quick powerpoint.

20% - Multidisciplinary project (20%)

We encourage and applaud interdisciplinary projects fueled by eclectic teams with diverse backgrounds.


Questions? We have answers. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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