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 1 PM in Roone Auditorium -- come to see our sponsors demo their APIs and talk about the prizes they will be giving!

The hackathon begins officially at PM in Roone. Submissions are due the following morning at 11 AM.  Project demos will take place from 11 AM to 2 PM.

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.


Any Columbia University affiliate.

Hackathon Sponsors


$6,510 in prizes

First prize

$1500 split between team members.

Second prize

$1000 split between team members.

Third prize

$750 split between team members

Best Hack for Social Good

Bose SoundLink Speakers for each member of the winning team.

Best use of Digital Ocean products

$500 in Digital Ocean credit

Best use of Google Cloud API

A Chromecast and Google Home Mini to each member of the winning team for the best use of Google Cloud Platform.

Most meaningful contribution to open-source (2)

Amazon Echos to the top 3 contributors.

Best Beginner Hack

Arduino Unos for every member of the winning team.

Best Health Hack

Orange Pi Zeros for every member of the winning team.

Best Use of Twilio API

Pizza party for you and your friends!

Best Use of Data for Social Impact

BB-8 robot for each team member.

Runner Up for Google Cloud API

Trip to the Google NYC office and lunch with some engineers.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Weeks Mensah

Weeks Mensah
Co-founder and Executive Director at Enza Academy

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown
Emerging Technologies Coordinator in Columbia University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship division

Kay Chioma Igwe

Kay Chioma Igwe
Columbia University

Jenn Schiffer

Jenn Schiffer

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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