The America East hackathon, Hack AE, is a 24-hour civic hackathon organized by the America East Academic Consortium, the academic initiative of the America East Conference. Hack AE is designed to provide undergraduate developers and designers who are enrolled at America East Conference member universities with a unique opportunity to build software and hardware projects that encourage civic engagement and/or address the real-world challenges facing our cities, states, and country. 


Registered attendees are encouraged to view the event schedule below:


Saturday, November 5

11:00 am | Event check-in

12:00 pm | Lunch

12:30 pm | Opening Ceremony

1:30 pm | Hacking begins!

6:00 pm | Dinner

10:00 pm | Late-night snack


Sunday, November 6

8:00 am | Breakfast

1:30 pm | Hacking ends!

1:30 pm | Lunch

2:00 pm | Judging, awards, and closing ceremony


Undergraduate students who are enrolled at an America East Conference member university may register to attend. America East Conference member universities are as follows:

  • University at Albany
  • Binghamton University
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Maine
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Vermont


Hackers may build anything (e.g., web applications, desktop applications, mobile applications, hardware) provided the project: (1) strives to foster civic engagement; or (2) seeks to address an issue of considerable importance to our society. 

Projects may not contain anything that is or may be construed as: (1) threatening, harassing, degrading or hateful; (2) defamatory; (3) fraudulent; or (4) obsence, indecent, or otherwise objectionable. Further, projects may not contain any material that may encourage conduct constituting a criminal offense.

Hackathon Sponsors


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment. Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Win a HackHarassment Swag Bag.

Watch Dogs® 2 Best Device Privacy Hack

Everything is part of the internet of things now - from your phone to your fitness band to your thermostat. Build a hack that utilizes private data being collected from your devices, and show how you can turn potential vulnerabilities into something constructive. Prize: Collector's Edition of Watch Dogs 2

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

1 TB Hard Drives

Best Domain Name from Swag Bags

Best Beginner Hack

Best hack by a first-time hacker

Most Technically Sophisticated Hack

Hack that requires most technical insight and problem-solving knowledge

Best Education Hack

Hack with greatest educational impact

Best Environmental Hack

Hack with greatest environmental impact

Best Health and Wellness Hack

Hack with greatest impact in the area of health and wellness

Funniest Hack

Hack with greatest comedic impact

Most Innovative Hack (GE)

Hack that solves a problem in an unconventional way

Best Media Hack (Viacom)

Hack that makes best use of digital media (video, pictures, games, ect.)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Interested students must register to attend no later than October 24, 2016 via the Hack AE website.


Robin Alpaugh

Robin Alpaugh
United Way of Broome County

Sean Britton

Sean Britton
Broome County Health Department

Scott Craver

Scott Craver
Binghamton University

Carl Domingo

Carl Domingo
Major League Hacking

Juliette Kenny

Juliette Kenny
America East Academic Consortium

Patrick Madden

Patrick Madden
Binghamton University

Terry McDonald

Terry McDonald
Roberson Museum and Science Center

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller
Salvation Army

Pamela Mischen

Pamela Mischen
Binghamton University

Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy
City of Binghamton

Aravind Prakash

Aravind Prakash
Binghamton University

Adam Smallcomb

Adam Smallcomb
Binghamton University

George Weinshenk

George Weinshenk
Binghamton University

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the solution unique and innovative? Does the project do something entirely novel or take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the project technically advanced? Did the students solve a difficulty technical problem in completing the project?
  • Polish
    Is the project usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Is the project aesthetically pleasing?
  • Usefulness/Impact
    Is the project something that people are likely to use? Does the project fulfill a real need? Is the project likely to have a positive impact in our local community, region, nation, or world?

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