Hackathon 2019


CUNY colleges



students registered


in prizes


students attending


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At the Fall 2019 CUNY Hackathon 426 CUNY students united for three days to participate in workshops and hack with the goal of improving the greatest city in the world.

Prize tracks were for ideas in Finance, Social Impact, the Environment, the Arts and Health.

Congrats to Our Winners!

1st place


Camilla Cheng, Anne Zats, Shafali Gupta 

(Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College)

2nd place


Tanzim Rayhan Ali (City College), Jagnaudh Singh Bhatia (Baruch), Rupakshi Aggarwal (Queensborough), Joey Fong (Hunter), Sk Tania Afrin (NYCCT)

3rd place


Sami Hossain (Hunter), Mahdiur Rahman (Hunter), Tushar Malakar, Bobur Hurramov (Hunter), Aleena Sheikh (Baruch)

& our superlative winners!

Rabeca Mohammed, Melissa Vento, Thin (Chris) Thazin, Matias Gonzalez 


Oscar Chong (City College), Harry Chen (College of Staten Island), Michael Tan (City College)

Amit Charran (Queens College), Jefferson Wong (Queens College)

Jairo Molina (Queens College), Edwin Carbajal (BMCC), Alan Lau (City College), Raymond Sang Feng (BMCC), Ronny Coste (John Jay)

Jazmin Goodwin (Graduate School of Journalism), Sonel Rubinstein (Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College), Bonnie Nguyen (Baruch), Jazmine Freund (Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College)

Jairo Molina (Queens), Edwin Carbajal (BMCC), Alan Lau (City College), Raymond Sang Feng (BMCC), Ronny Coste (John Jay)

Camilla Cheng, Anne Zats, Shafali Gupta

(Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College)

October 18 - 20 2019



DAY 3 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20th – 9AM – 3PM

Baruch College – Newman Library

151 East 25 Street, 6th Floor New York, NY 10001

Workshop Schedule

Workshops & Facilitators

Friday, October 18th

Team Building

Muhammad & Egor

Unsure about what to do at a hackathon or don’t have a team? This workshop will aim to teach you the mechanics of a hackathon and pair you up with a team. Learn about the opportunities available to you and making the most out of your weekend.

React Workshop

Google / Evan Nichols

Learn the fundamentals of React, Facebook’s frontend Javascript framework, in this 45-minute hands-on workshop. We’ll cover what the framework does, how to use it, and walk step by step through a bunch of example components. By the end of this workshop, you should be able to build you own basic, interactive user interfaces.

Intro to Design Thinking

Life3 / Omar Duran

Students will get to learn how to apply design thinking for a customer-centric approach to building software. They will also learn about market research they can conduct as CUNY students through market research subscriptions such as Gartner. They will then get an opportunity to see how this market information and customer experience insight contributes to user requirements to drive application development.

Intro to Python

CUNY / Rucha Gokhale

Python is for the most part a very ‘user-friendly’ programming language. But to get started with Python, an understanding of some of the fundamentals is necessary. This class aims to be a brief introduction to the world of learning and applying Python, specifically for analyzing data.

Computer Vision

Google / Raymond Blum

Computer Vision – Cloud Computing allows large amounts of computing power to be scaled up on demand for short lived compute-intensive tasks: many computing problems that were infeasible are now possible thanks to the flexibility of computing resource quota. The field of Computer Vision is one of the foremost areas that take advantage of Cloud Computing.

NYC Open Data

MODA / Zachary Feder

Learn about what sort of information is (and isn’t posted) on Open Data 

Explore some of the most popular and interesting datasets

Hear stories about how Open Data has been used to identify problems, answer questions, and build businesses

Get advice on datasets you might be able to use for a specific project

Poetry for Programers

Fullstack Academy / Dan Sohval

Students will write a custom program in JavaScript to produce free-verse poetry, by implementing a Markov Chain.

How to Identify Great Problems

IBM / Roger Osorio

Getting to the Root of Your Idea: Finding the Problem We all have ideas, that’s the easy part. The challenge is taking action on those ideas and getting them to the point where you can prove whether they work or not. In order to do this we need to get to the root of the idea – the problem that it solves. In this workshop, you will learn a time-tested framework for breaking your ideas down and surfacing the ideal customer, their goals, and the obstacles standing in the way of achieving their goals. Customers don’t want your products, they want a result that matters to them. They HIRE your product to help them get what they really want. This workshop will teach you how to make sure you are even building the right idea in the first place!

Saturday, October 19th

Intro to Tech Product Managment

Life3 / Omar Duran

Intro to Technical Product Management Students will learn about what a software development lifecycle is and how agile frameworks is applied in order to build out user stories into tasks for developers and designers to execute upon. We will also go over Sprint Planning how SCRUM frameworks are applied to help drive work, in a cross functional team

Intro to Blockchain

CUNY / Abdullah Tansel

Participants are expected to develop an understanding and appreciation of the significance of the blockchain innovation and cryptocurrencies

How to use Git

CUNY / Dr. Chris Vickery

What Role Does Git Play in Software Development?; Brief History and Context; Installation and Access; Terminology and Concepts; GitHub for Remote Repositories

Watson Studio: Machine Learning

IBM / Mofizur Rahman

Machine learning is hard (for me). Watson Studio democratizes machine learning and deep learning to accelerate infusion of AI in your business to drive innovation. Watson Studio provides a suite of tools and a collaborative environment for data scientists, developers and domain experts.Watson studio gives the power of machine learning to everyone. We will see what we can do with it.

Mindfulness for innovators

BK Yoga / Paris Alexandra

Acheiving mediatation status during the hackathon to provide a clear mind.

Pitching 101

Diverse Influencers / Nick Guillen

Students will learn how to effectively use their 3-minute window to present their project. From content to actual presentation, all aspects will be covered to ensure not a second of the presentation is misused.


Will there be workshops?

Yes. The best tech minds from IBM, Google, and other NYC tech companies will run workshops to teach cutting-edge tools, languages and APIs. 

Are hackers allowed to leave?

Yes, while attendance is required all three days, hackers are allowed to leave the facilities to go home. DO NOT remove your wristband. 

Is there a minimum or maximum number of people per team?

Ideally, there should be 3-5 people per team. 

Do i need to have an idea?

No, you can join a team and decide on an idea to work on together. 

Will there be food?


will there be prizes?

Yes! Absolutely. Prizes are announced closer to the event.

I can’t code. Should I still attend?

That’s okay! If you are a beginner coder, come to workshops and talk with mentors who can help guide you. If you’re not a coder, other skill sets (design, marketing) are still welcome and useful for teams. 

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