We are excited to announce this spring’s Hack Upstate! Saturday April 11th and Sunday April 12th

This spring, the weekend of April 11th – 12th, the fifth 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 problems 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

As a quick reminder, Hack Upstate is NOT a business competition. We are not concerned with monetization, business models, markets, customer acquisition strategies, etc. We care about building cools 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


Saturday April 11th

  • 11am: Doors open
  • 12pm: Idea pitching & team formation
  • 12:30pm: commence hacking

Sunday April 12th

  • 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 (doug@hackupstate.com, mitchell@hackupstate.com)

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