Saturday October 4th and Sunday 5th

We are excited to announce this fall’s Hack Upstate!

The weekend of October 4–5, the fourth semiannual Hack Upstate event will take place at the Syracuse Tech Garden (sign up here). Hack Upstate is an opportunity for talented developers, engineers, designers, innovators and problem solvers from across Upstate New York to come together, and rapidly collaborate on cutting-edge Web, software and hardware projects.

Our Mission

Hack Upstate intends to unite and facilitate collaboration among the greater Upstate New York hacker community. In doing so, we aim to contribute to the growth of Upstate New York’s technology sector, and to create a robust network of technologists and regional technology companies.


Open Hackathon – i.e., people can build whatever they want using whatever tools they’d like.

Hack Upstate is NOT a Business Competition

We are not concerned with monetization, business models, markets, customer acquisition strategies, etc. We care about building cool things and applied learning. Consequently, products at Hack Upstate are evaluated based on the following:


  • Creativity / novelty

  • “Wow factor”

  • Execution

  • Polished demo

  • Multidisciplinary


Syracuse Tech Garden

235 Harrison St.

Syracuse, NY 13202


  • AT&T (Title Sponsor)

  • Rain

  • Centerstate CEO

  • Dwolla

  • Spark

  • Rounded

  • Cyber Research Institute

  • Z80 Labs

  • Polaris Library Systems

  • Madglory

  • Syracuse University iSchool

  • SUNY Oswego

  • Eric Mower and Associates

  • Credit Card Insider

  • Terakeet

  • Cafe Kubal


Saturday October 4th

  • 11am: Doors open

  • 12pm: Idea pitching & team formation

  • 12:30pm: commence hacking

Sunday October 5th

  • 11:59am: Cease hacking

  • 12pm: Demo intro / welcome judges

  • 12:30pm: Demos, pitches and presentations

  • 1:30pm: Awards ceremony

Additional Details

Food and beverages will be provided to participants throughout the entire event

Feedback and suggestions

Don’t hesitate to email us with feedback and suggestions concerning how we can improve Hack Upstate (,