The theme for TechTogether New York 2020 is Embracing Uncertainty.

It’s important now more than ever to come together (virtually, of course) and support one another as we face the challenges of this year, as a community.

At TechTogether New York, our mission is to:

  • Empower women and non-binary individuals in technology to achieve.
  • Provide them with opportunities to explore the tech industry in an inspiring, encouraging, and energizing environment.
  • Create a community of inclusivity within the tech industry.

For more information, please check out our website:


To participate as a hacker, you must...

  • Identify as female or femme non-binary.
  • Be at least 14 years old.
  • Men are welcome to mentor, volunteer, judge, or participate as sponsors.
  • There are no location restrictions!

If you do not meet those criteria, please consider joining us at TechTogether New York as a judge or mentor!


1. Work must be entirely completed during the hackathon hours.

2. You must submit a 2 minute (max) video demo!

3. You must be on a team of 2-6 people.

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$1,134 in prizes

Best Self Care Hack

Times are tough and we all deserve a little love and self attention. Create a hack that helps people take care of their mental and physical well-beings!

Prize: Teavana Steeping Kit or Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker (based on your preference)

Best Survival Hack

Whether it’s surviving the wilderness, school, or a zombie apocalypse, the real question stands: how will you survive? Invent a solution to navigate through stressful situations!

Prize: Beats Wireless Headphones

Best at “Helping People Connect”

In a time when socialization has become distant, technology comes to the rescue! Devise a hack to bridge this distance and strengthen relationships across physical barriers.

Prize: Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Fire Tablet

Best Ed-Tech Hack

Although schools are closed, learning certainly hasn't stopped.
Apply technology to augment stay-at-home education in any subject matter!

Prize: Chromebook or Computer Monitor (based on your preference)

Most Unique Hack

Although we're all Earthlings, we often have ideas that are out of this world! This honor recognizes the best hack that fills its own niche.

Prize: Instax Mini Camera with film

Best Use of Data (Sponsored by MassMutual)

Get creative! What data can you get your hands on to deliver that high social impact? We'll be looking at anything data related, from snappy visualizations and data sourcing,
to fireproof modeling and data pipelining.

Prize: Fitbit Charge 4 (may change based on winning team and their preferences/project)

Best Financial Hack (Sponsored by Capital One)

You're the bank. How will you reimagine banking?

Prize: $250 Amazon Gift Cards

The Ultimate Failed Hack

This prize is for the team who dreamed big and failed hard.

Prize: $10 Amazon Gift Cards

The Prettiest Hack

This award is for the hack with the best design and UI/UX.

Prize: $10 Amazon Gift Cards

Most Courageous Hack

First hackathon? No worries! This award goes to the best invention developed by a team of 3+ first-time hackers.

Prize: Sticker Pack

Best High School Hack Provided by BU Spark!

The best hack created by a team consisting of all high school students. Winners will each get a $25 Amazon gift card.

Best Hardware Hack

Build a project that uses hardware to solve a problem in a unique way.

Prize: $20 Amazon Gift Cards

Best Domain Registered with

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Backpack.

Best Use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: Each winning team member will receive a Google Nest Mini.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

Most Open-Minded Attendee

This prize is for the attendee that attends the most events during the hackathon. Events include workshops, keynotes, and fun activities.
Prize: $15 Amazon Giftcard

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Execution
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Presentation
    How well was the project presented? Did it make the hack more compelling? Did it give a good idea of its purpose?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Adherence to Theme
    Does the hack adhere to the event's theme? Does it implement that theme fully or just partially?

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