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Announcing Hack Upstate Spring 2015

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… Read the full article…


Announcing Hack Upstate Fall 2014

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… Read the full article…


Hack Upstate v3.0 – Less Than Two Weeks Away

We’re less than two weeks away from Hack Upstate Spring v3.0 – April 5th & 6th! The third installment of the semiannual 24-hour hackathon will take place at Syracuse’s Technology Garden. The event is FREE; you can sign up here. Hack Upstate is an opportunity for talented developers, engineers, designers, innovators and problems solvers from… Read the full article…


How I Got My Job By Attending Hack Upstate

Note: The following blog post was written by Tom Hart, Web application Developer at Syracuse-based Terakeet. As I traveled to the Syracuse Tech Garden on a Saturday in October, I had two goals in mind. The first was to complete a 24-hour programming marathon known as Hack Upstate, and the second was to find a… Read the full article…


Say Hello to the Hack Upstate Evangelists

This past year, the Hack Upstate team has been very fortunate to collaborate with a number of exceptionally talented students, academics and practitioners throughout Upstate New York’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. It has been a thrill to interact with and witness this talent at work firsthand. Along with their vast knowledge and… Read the full article…


Hack Upstate Spring 2014

We are excited to announce this spring’s Hack Upstate ! This spring, the weekend of April 5th – 6th, the third 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… Read the full article…


Lessons in Building Innovative Products at Digital Agencies

Building innovative products is hard, really hard. Countless agencies have made cool logos for their “Labs” division, but few have succeeded at innovating. Our 100-person digital agency Rain, with offices in New York, Utah, and Nicaragua, takes a unique approach when it comes to internal product development. We recently created an internal products accelerator, Rainnovation. Rainnovation… Read the full article…


Why we’re participating in Hack Upstate

With Hack Upstate just one month away, we thought this a favorable opportunity to explore the backgrounds of a few participants. The following bios capture a small subset of the exceptional talent that will be on display at Hack Upstate April 6th – 7th. Samantha Ruddy Where are you going to school (if applicable)? I’m a… Read the full article…


A Product Development Manifesto for Startups

 I started a new job last week. Rain Agency in New York City hired me as their Products Manager / Entrepreneur in Residence. I’ve been tasked with creating a new division in the agency for internal product development. At the moment, I’m essentially working with a blank canvas (which I’m really excited about). A challenging… Read the full article…


5 Lessons Learned From Organizing a Hackathon

Update: On November 18th he New York Times published an article on the TelAPI Emergency Response and Preparedness Hackathon that can be found here.  On Saturday, November 10, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to organize a hackathon in New York City.  The hackathon’s focus centered upon using telephony to address problems in the context… Read the full article…