Hacking to Help: Sandy Benefit Hackathon Dec 1 & 2

The NYC tech community is looking to do their part in assisting in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. On December 1st and 2nd, the #NYTechResponds Sandy Benefit Weekend: Hackathon & Relief Agency Conference will be held as a way to collaborate and deliberate on what has worked and what more is needed to help respond to Sandy and future disasters in NYC. Not only will it be a chance to speak with agencies responding to Sandy, but it will also be an opportunity for NYC’s best and brightest tech minds to get together to propose ideas on how tech can be a bigger part in the efforts.

Below is the agenda for the weekend including the Relief Agency Conference, Hackathon and Fundraiser. Please stay tuned to the #NYTechResponds Sandy Benefit Weekend site for updates on locations and other details as they become available. To attend, visit the #NYTechResponds site. To fundraise, you can go to the indiegogo page here.

Saturday, December 1st

9am – 11am/ NYU Stern’s Paulson Auditorium: Relief Agency Conference: 2-3 Panel discussions on:

    • The recovery so far – what’s worked, what’s not worked
    • What’s needed next to support long term recovery
    • What we need to better prepare for the next disaster, and what’s needed to allow us to respond more effectively

11am – 12:30pm/ NYU Stern’s Paulson Auditorium:

    • Project Pitches Hackathon Kick-off: Team Creation, API & Platforms Overview

1:30pm – 6:30pm/ Various Co-working spaces around NYC, including General AssemblyNYU Poly Incubator – Varick St, and others to be announced this week. (Check out the Hacker League page as well):

7pm – 9pm/ General Assembly & The Alley: Pizza “Thank You” Dinner for Relief Workers and Hackers

Sunday, December 2nd

8am – 2pm/ Various Co-working spaces around NYC:

  • Hackathon Day 2

3pm – 7:30pm/ NYU Stern’s Paulson Auditorium:

  • 3pm – 5:15pm: Hack Presentations/ Hack Reviews and Awards

6pm – 8pm/ Pravda Restaurant: Sandy #NYTechResponds Fundraising Campaign Reception

There will also be prizes available for Hackathon winners (as of 11/20/12–stay tuned to the event page for updates):

  • The hacker who raises the most money for the #NYTechResponds giving campaign will win 30 minutes to pitch to Steve Schlafman
  • 30 minutes to pitch to a partner at ff Ventures (“open” all hack category)
  • $1000 in total monetary prizes in the “open” all hack category for winners to allocate out to the disaster relief agencies of their choice
  • Two $500 prizes given by NYSERDA for best energy related projects for winners to allocate out to the disaster relief agencies of their choice
  • A free week of co-working at The Alley
There’s also the optional Hack Fundraising Challenge: Those who raise at least $50 through the #NYTechResponds Sandy Benefit Campaign on IndieGoGo are entitled to complementary admission to the #NYTechResponds Sandy Benefit Weekend. Additionally, the hacker who chooses to fundraise and then raises the most funds will win an award to be presented at Sunday’s wrap-up event – (one) award for most money raised by a hacker for the IndieGoGo campaign includes 30 minutes with Steve Schlafman of Lerer Ventures. This $50 minimum can be either your own donation to the IndieGoGo campaign or through funds raised and credited to you (note: you must use IndieGoGo’s social media tools to ensure proper tracking of donations). See the IndieGoGo campaign for more information.
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