Come spend the night building and learning with us!  DevFest, Columbia's annual week-long festival of learning and hacking, ends with a hackathon, where you get the chance to apply what you've learned and create something awesome.

The DevFest 2017 hackathon will kick off at 4 PM in NoCo 501 -- come to see our sponsors demo their APIs and talk about the prizes they will be giving!

The hackathon begins officially at 5 PM in Uris Hall at the Business and Economics Library.  Submissions are due the following morning at 11 AM.  Project demos will take place from 11 AM to 2 PM in Davis Auditorium in CEPSR.

We'll have fun activities through out the night, as well as a great team of mentors from our community and from our sponsors standing by to help you.  Dinner and breakfast will also be served.


Participants: Columbia University Affiliates.

Hackathon Sponsors


$6,970 in prizes

First Place

$2000 to be split by team members.

Second Place

$1500 to be split by team members.

Third Place

$1000 to be split by team members.

The Best Tool to Advance Journalism

Cloth-bound data science book set autographed by Edward Tufte for the team with the best tool to advance journalism, sponsored by The Brown Institute.

Best NYC Project

Feature on the NYC Open Data Blog for the team with the best NYC project, sponsored by NYC Open Data.

Best Beginner Hack

Snapchat Spectacles for each member of the team with the best beginner hack, sponsored by ADI.

Most Technically Challenging Hack

$100 Airbnb gift cards for each member of the team with the most technically challenging hack, sponsored by a16z.

Best Use of Microsoft API

Xbox One and Games for the team with the best use of Microsoft APIs, sponsored by Microsoft.

Best Biomedically-inspired Project

Raspberry Pi for each member of the team with the best biomedically-inspired project, sponsored by BMES.

Most Likely to be the "Next Big Thing"

Invitation to pitch to the RDV team (chance of up to $25k investment) and/or dinner with the RDV team and local VCs for the team most likely to be the next big thing, sponsored by Rough Draft Ventures.

PHILhack: The Best App for Social Good

Mebo robots for each member of the team with the best app for social good (education, environemnt, non-profit, government, or community focused), sponsored by Bloomberg.

Facebook's Favorite Hack

$100 American Express gift cards for each member of team that is Facebook's favorite hack, sponsored by Facebook.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Chris Wiggins

Chris Wiggins
Chief Data Scientist, New York Times

Peter Boyce II

Peter Boyce II
VC, General Catalyst

Kaitlin Thaney

Kaitlin Thaney
Director, Mozilla

Rebecca Conley

Rebecca Conley
Board Member, Django Foundation

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is this a new idea? Has it been done before?
  • Practicality
    How useful is this idea? Can we see it being used in real life?
  • Technicality
    Is this idea technically challenging?
  • Best Overall
    Up to the judges discretion.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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