We’re very excited to announce that Laura Thorne has joined our team as our Career Coach for our second cohort of Careers in Code!

Laura will help to ensure that all of our students are prepared to enter their job search with confidence and competence. She’ll help them with everything related to the job search process to prepare them to land an internship or entry-level position upon graduation of Careers in Code. Given her experience as an environmental Career Coach, this role was a perfect fit.

Read on to learn more about Laura and be sure to give her a…


The following is written by guest blogger Artur Meyster of Career Karma

Technology is changing the duties of students and teachers in the classroom. Students are doing more of the educational lifting through learning modules and learning management systems, while teachers are transitioning to facilitators rather than the knowledge gatekeeper. These new changes force students to be active participants in the learning process rather than merely watching or listening.

Image of a women sitting in front of a desktop computer working.
Image of a women sitting in front of a desktop computer working.

The new role for teachers is to stay up to date with technology so they can properly implement new technology in their classroom. Students will need to rely less on Google…


Careers in Code is a coding bootcamp that teaches computer programming to women and minorities to help combat poverty in Central NY. We provide students with the technical skills they need to obtain internships and entry level software development jobs with local employers after 24 weeks of instruction.

We wanted to take a moment to share an exciting update regarding Careers in Code.

In February 2020, we were awarded an additional three years of funding from Onondaga County and the Alliance for Economic Inclusion. …


Hack Upstate’s mission is to advance Upstate NY’s technology community.

Check out Zoom screenshots from Hack Upstate XV here — images courtesy of Dana McMullen, Jen Tran, and Jesse Peplinski of Hack Upstate.

Huge thanks to everyone who joined us for the 15th installment of Hack Upstate! It was amazing to see so many talented folks get together for our first ever virtual hackathon and build such amazing projects in 24 hours. Altogether, we awarded $2425 in total prize, raffle money, and gift cards. We also had over 300 sign ups with 28 total project submissions.

Our mission with Hack Upstate is to unite and facilitate collaboration among the Central New York technology community and beyond in order to grow the local sector…


You can only start writing code for projects submitted to Hack Upstate XV after the opening ceremony at 12pm EST on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Sign up today: https://bit.ly/hackupstatexvsignup

However, we allow and highly encourage you to start and engage in design activities to further ideate on your idea prior to the start the hackathon.

Prior to start of the hackathon, you can:


What startup resources exist in Central and Upstate New York?

Interested in launching a startup or business in Central New York? You can start by signing up and creating a project at our virtual hackathon from October 3rd to 4th: https://bit.ly/hackupstatexvsignup

Hack Upstate XV participants now can select from a growing number of programs and resources that exist for startups in the area.

The Tech Garden


We will award the CNY Social Impact Prize for the best technical prize solution built during Hack Upstate XV from Saturday, October 3rd to Sunday, October 4th that tackles a pressing CNY social or economic challenge.

We seek high impact projects that help CNY become an even better place to live and work for people of all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds and from all geographic communities within CNY. In addition, we welcome local nonprofits and organizations to pitch tech project ideas that address problems and challenges that help Central New Yorkers on a regular basis to our hackers.

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We’re thrilled to have launched our new Careers in Code website, powered by GatsbyJS, built by two of our amazing Cohort 1 graduates, Kaitlyn Warboy and Kelly Corey! Read on to hear their inspiring stories, and learn how they built it.

Kaitlyn Warboy


We recently added two new members to our Hack Upstate operations team, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce them to our community. Dana McMullen & Jennifer Tran are already helping to plan our first virtual hackathon, Hack Upstate XV, happening on October 3–4, 2020.

Read on to learn more about our newest team-members and be sure to give them a warm welcome at our virtual event!

Dana McMullen


We’re very excited to announce we’re organizing our first virtual hackathon, Hack Upstate XV, on October 3–4, 2020!

We intended to reschedule both of our events (Hack Upstate and Hack Rochester) to be in person this fall in hopes that things would start to clear up with COVID-19.

Due to venue restrictions and safety as our top priority, we will be moving forward with a single remote-first, virtual event this fall on October 3–4. This event will combine both Hack Upstate and Hack Rochester into one. We’re thrilled about the opportunity to bring you our first remote event!

Here’s the…

Hack Upstate

Advancing Upstate New York's tech community through events and education. http://hackupstate.com/ && https://careersincode.org/

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