Hack for a better Columbia.
MAR 1st - MAR 2nd 2013
John Jay Lounge
7pm - 12pm
About HackColumbia

Verb: building programs that solve everyday problems

So what is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a 24-hour event where students can either work individually or in teams to build a cool application - be it a game, a mobile application or a web application. Students who participate in the event - referred to as 'Hackers' - can use any technology to build their application.

What's at HackColumbia?

HackColumbia kicks off at 7PM on the evening of March 1st. Students will begin the evening by listening to a series of API Demos from a variety of NYC Startups, and a series of API's about Columbia! Afterwards there will be a brief PitchFest where students can gather, pitch their ideas, and form teams to hack with. Then teams will have the next several hours to turn their ideas into realities. We will providing resources throughout such as food, coffee, and assistance from some great hackers, so that you focus on building something awesome.

Motivate me to come.

At the end of the competition, the applications will be judged by a panel, and students will be given fantastic prizes for different qualities, like best design, best idea, best development effort, etc. Trust us, the prizes are worth the time!

Students from all corners of Columbia and all majors are eligible to participate.


mar 1st 2013
7:00 PM
Doors open for registration
7:15 PM
API Demos
8:00 PM
PitchFest and Dinner
9:00 PM
Hackathon begins
10:00 PM
Workshop: Make Your Apps Pretty and Functional

Mar 2nd 2013
7:00 AM
12:00 PM
Hackathon Ends
12:30 PM
Lunch and Presentations
2:00 PM
2:30 PM
Awards Ceremony

Spring 2013 Prizes & Judging


Best Overall
Google Chromebook

Second-Best Overall
Apple iPad

Best Use of Courses Data
1 Facebook Jambox for each team member (up to 4)

Best Use of Housing Data
Xbox 360

Best Use of Athletics Data
iPod Nano

Best Use of University Event Management Data

Best Use of Dining Data

Best Use of Student Affairs Data


Seth Bannon
CEO at Amicus

Maneesha Aggarwal
Director of CUIT Teaching and Learning Technologies

Moses Nakamura
Platform Developer at Tumblr

Sameer Maskey
Professor of Computer Science at Columbia

Spring 2013 Winners


Best Overall

Second-Best Overall

Best Use of Courses Data

Best Use of Housing Data

Best Use of Athletics Data
CU Events

Best Use of University Event Management Data

Best Use of Dining Data
WTF is Open

Best Use of Student Affairs Data

Full List of Hacks

Check out our HackerLeague for the full list of projects. Thanks to all the amazing participants for HackColumbia Spring 2013!


Here you will find links and important resources that can help you prepare for the HackColumbia, all by ADI members

Introduction to HTML by Hans Hyttinen
Introduction to CSS by Sid Shankar
RESTful APIs & How to Use Them by Zach Newman
Beginning Python by Nathan Hwang
Basic Python Flask App by Howie MaoGithub Repo
Make Your App Beautiful and Useableby Adrian Del Balso (Amicus)PDF Presentation

Contact Us

This is the team behind HackColumbia.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about the hackathon.


HackColumbia is made possible by

A big thanks to all of them for their continued support!