All projects must be submitted on DevPost by Sunday 11:00 AM, October 15th. There is no team size limit, but all team members must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the time of submission.

All participants are subject to the Code of Conduct signed upon registration to the hackathon.

Code of Conduct

hackNY is a community hackathon intended for collaboration and learning in the student community. We value the participation of each member of the student community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the hackathon. To make clear what is expected, all attendees and speakers at this hackathon are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.

We believe that every single person has the right to hack in a safe and welcoming environment. All hackNY Participants agree to:

  • Be considerate in speech and actions, and actively seek to acknowledge and respect the boundaries of fellow attendees.

  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.

    Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. If what you’re doing is making someone feel uncomfortable, that counts as harassment and is enough reason to stop doing it. Be careful and mindful of the words that you choose. Remember that exclusionary comments and hacks can be offensive to those around you.

    Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Sponsors, judges, mentors, volunteers, organizers, and anyone else at the event are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, attendees should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material both in their hacks and during the event. Staff (including volunteers and sponsor representatives) should not use sexualised clothing/ uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

    If a participant engages in harassing behavior, hackNY may take any action hackNY deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event. If
    you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please report the incident using the procedures below. hackNY representatives will be happy to help participants contact campus security or local law enforcement, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.

Social Rules

We are also adopting social rules based on the Recurse Center’s User Manual. These are guidelines for making expected behavior more well-defined. Few people are unkind or annoying to others on purpose, so these social rules help us all to avoid behaviors harmful to a supportive, productive, and fun learning environment.

  • No feigning surprise - Acting surprised when people don’t know something often makes them feel bad and has zero educational benefit.

  • No well-actually’s - A well-actually is when someone explains something in a mostly- correct manner and another person interjects with a minor/irrelevant correction that derails the discussion without helping or clarifying significantly.

  • No back-seat driving - Lobbing advice across tables or intermittently
    injecting yourself into conversations is a distracting interruption. We encourage helping each other out - pair programming is one of the best ways to work and learn - but that means only giving advice when it is wanted, and engaging in active discussions rather than passive tips.

  • No subtle -isms - Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other kinds of bias are harmful, even if subtle or unintended. Subtle -isms are small things that make others feel uncomfortable, things that we all can sometimes do by mistake. For example, saying “It’s so easy my grandmother could do it” is an instance of subtle sexism (not to mention ageism) and should be avoided.

If someone violates these social rules, feel free to point it out to that person, or report it to our volunteers or organizers. If you are the one responsible for breaking a social rule, apologize and move forward. Multiple violations of these rules may result in a warning, and extremely sustained, repeated, or willful violations may result in expulsion from the hackathon.

Reporting Procedures

If you feel uncomfortable or think there may be a potential violation of the code of conduct, please report it immediately using one of the following methods. All reporters have the right to remain anonymous. By sending information to the general reporting line, your report will go to any or all of the five Major League Hacking representatives listed below, and be relayed to the hackNY Fall 2017 Hackathon Organizers. The hackNY Organizers will work to resolve all incidents alongside MLH representatives. 

  • USA General Reporting - +1 (409) 202-6060,

  • UK General Reporting - +44 80 0808 5675,

    If you are uncomfortable reporting your situation to one or more of these people or need to contact any of them directly in case of emergency, direct contact info is listed below:

  • Eric Wu - +1 (650) 605-3279,

  • Claire Durand - +1 (717) 460-6116,

  • Jon Gottfried - +1 (212) 851-6746,

  • Li Chen - +1 (301) 679-7171 ,

  • Nick Quinlan - +1 (510) 859-8578,

  • Swift - +1 (347) 220-8667,

  • Tim Fogarty - +44 20 3322 7018,