Hackaday Prize Worldwide: New York City

Hackaday partners with the epic TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon to provide hardware hacking!

Saturday, May 2, 2015 12:00 pm EDT - Sunday, May 3, 2015 03:00 pm EDT Local time zone:
New York, New York
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TechCrunch is well known for their hackathons; huge gatherings of software devs building pretty amazing things in under 24 hours.

RSVP on Eventbrite, spots are limited.

We're bringing a bunch of hardware to hack on. You may bring your own but assembly and coding all needs to be done on-site.

The hacking actually starts at 1:30pm on Saturday. Enjoy dinner at 7, food and snacks at midnight, and breakfast at 7am the next morning all included as part of the free ticket.

You NEED to Win this Thing

It's often said that Hardware is Hard, but it's also really cool. We think that could give you an edge over the software-only hacks. What a great story it would be for the Hackaday crowd to come in and take the top prize!


Show up at 12:30pm on Saturday, May 2nd. By 9:30am the next morning you must have a working piece of hardware having been totally built on-site. Starting at 11am on Sunday you have 60-seconds to show off your build.

We're not kidding around when we say the judging criteria for this hackathon is “Awesomeness". TC is putting up $5,000 to the winning team. Obviously someone who hangs out around Hackaday should be the winner here so go sign up!

2015 Hackaday Prize is Sponsored by:

Atmel | Freescale | Microchip | Mouser | Texas Instruments

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Daniel Sims wrote 04/21/2015 at 21:04 point

I'll be there. I have an extension that connection unity and Arduino. Custom Video with a Custom controller filled with crazy sensors! (Detect the player's heartbeat in the horror game, make the monsters come closer the more scared you are :P)

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/22/2015 at 15:47 point

@Daniel Sims amazing! I'm building a custom gaming controller too. I used Uniduino to connect Arduino and Unity but moved on because it was slow. Is that the extension you're using? Is it slow for you?

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Daniel Sims wrote 04/23/2015 at 20:31 point

My game was slower paced. I can see it not being fast enough for an FPS. 

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jgm.requel wrote 04/21/2015 at 18:33 point

I was going to put together a ZMR250 FPV racing drone this weekend, but I may save it for the hackathon. I've also tonnes of sensors and toys I've been meaning to play with for quite some time now. So many ideas of what to do

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/22/2015 at 15:47 point

Bring alllll the things!!

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Ken Pierre wrote 05/01/2015 at 04:52 point

oh the temptation - I have a table of iot sensors and trying to triage what to bring and not bring, lmao

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ZQ wrote 04/21/2015 at 18:15 point

I'll be there! I have some ideas for something to build.. I think

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jgm.requel wrote 04/21/2015 at 18:22 point

Same here - you just had to drag me along

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/22/2015 at 15:48 point

Once you're there with all the fun sensors you will have too many ideas. Sounds like @jgm.requel has some ideas too

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/21/2015 at 16:50 point

Hi @David Nghiem! Bring everything you want to use, and we'll have sensors and development boards as well.  That would be great if you brought 5V and 3.3V supplies, we'll have regulators and caps too. We will have soldering irons. Will you be in town on Thursday too? We're going to meet up in the evening. 

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Casual Cyborg wrote 04/21/2015 at 16:54 point

Hey @Sophi Kravitz

Unfortunately, no, since I'm coming up from D.C. to visit  my family in Jersey to watch the Avengers on Friday night, and then I'm taking the early morning bus from town direct to NYC Saturday morning. I'd be happy to hang out Sunday afternoon/evening when everything is done though. Especially to celebrate victory. :P ;)

Since it's 24 hours, youse guys supplying caffeine too?

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/21/2015 at 16:57 point

I am sure there will be caffeine there, both at the Hackathon and everywhere outside (it's in midtown)! Awesome, I like that you are planning victory already :D

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Casual Cyborg wrote 04/21/2015 at 17:24 point

Well, if y'all got time after the event to hang out (It's NYC afterall!), there's some really good food joints around town. My younger bro is a food photographer, and he's got the low down on what's good around town. I can ask him for recommendations if y'all are up for it.

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Casual Cyborg wrote 04/21/2015 at 16:44 point

So, I'm gonna bring a crap load of op amp and 555 timers, my resistor and cap kit, and some diodes. I have some NRF24101+ modules coming in, but I don't know if they'll come in on time for the event. Got some wifi, IMU, and bluetooth modules too. Unless you folks are going to provide that stuff? Should I bring sensors? I also have custom circuits I use because I use them so much, like a bipolar power supply, 5V/3.3 volt power supplies, etc. Breadboards? I'm definitely bringing telephone cable and wire strippers to make jumpers with.

I don't anticipate soldering at this event, though I could bring that too...

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/21/2015 at 14:29 point

I'll be there too and will also be available to help out with hardware hacking. But will do as Mike is doing and be bringing a new project I just started :)

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Mike Szczys wrote 04/21/2015 at 14:18 point

I'll be there! Hopefully people will want help with their hacking but if not I have a hardware project I've just started that I'm bringing along too.

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