Sign Up for Hack Upstate XV on October 3–4, 2020, Our First Virtual Hackathon

Hack Upstate
3 min readJul 7, 2020

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 rundown:

WHAT — This is the 15th installment in a series of weekend hackathons that happen twice a year (i.e., fall and spring) in which engineers, developers, designers and innovators from across Upstate New York will join virtually to share ideas, form teams and build incredible projects. Oh btw, it’s FREE!

WHO — The Upstate New York Technology Community.

Click here to learn more and sign up for Hack Upstate XV!

THEME — Open hackathon. Build whatever you want using whatever tools you want.

Here are some projects from past events: Hack Upstate XIV, Hack Upstate XIII, Hack Upstate XII, Hack Upstate XI, Hack Upstate X, Hack Upstate IX, Hack Upstate VIII, Hack Upstate VII

RULES — No code can be written until after the opening ceremony on Saturday. All hackers abide by the Hack Upstate Code of Conduct. Please read it here.

WHERE — We will be hosting the event on Zoom. We will be sending out a Zoom link 4 days before the event to all participants.

WHEN — October 3–4, 2020

SATURDAY, October 3, 2020

  • 11:45am: Zoom call opens
  • 12pm: Opening ceremony and kickoff, idea pitching, team formation via Zoom
  • 12:45pm: Commence hacking
  • 2:00pm-6:00pm: Sponsor breakout sessions

SUNDAY, October 4, 2020

  • 11:45am: Cease hacking and submit projects
  • 12pm: Closing ceremony, demo intro, welcome judges
  • 12:15pm-1:45pm: Demos, pitches, and presentations
  • 1:45pm-2:00pm: Judge deliberation
  • 2:00pm: Award ceremony


  • Creativity / Novelty (20%)
  • Wow Factor (20%)
  • Execution (20%)
  • Informative Demo (20%)
  • Multidisciplinary Product (20%)

PROJECT SUBMISSIONS We will be using DevPost for project submissions and judging.

SLACK Chat with hackers before, during, and after the event. Join now!

SWAG We’re exploring some options to ship you t-shirts after the event.

FOOD We will not be shipping food, snacks, etc, so make sure you stock up!

MENTORS — If you’re interested in helping out as a mentor during the event, please sign up here.

QUESTIONS, IDEAS, THOUGHTS, FEEDBACK — We’d really appreciate hearing any of your thoughts and feedback on creating the best virtual event possible. We sincerely appreciate the community’s understanding and support. Please feel free to reach out to us at We’d love to hear from you!

SPONSORING HACK UPSTATE — Help Advance Upstate’s Tech Community Sponsorship from organizations like yours allow us to offer Hack Upstate to the public for free. Given how instrumental sponsors are to Hack Upstate, we’ll do everything we can to promote your involvement (i.e., content marketing, email outreach, social media, etc). Interested in learning more?