Hack Potsdam

Hosted by SUNY Potsdam's ACM and Clarkson University's COSI

Saturday - Sunday | March 4th - 5th
Clarkson University
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What is Hack Potsdam?

Hack Potsdam is a 24 hour student run hackathon where a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. Students get together to share ideas, form teams, and build projects. Hack Potsdam is open to all students, alumni, and professors. The event is free to attend. We are anticipating 100 attendees for this event.

Share Ideas

Bring an idea that you have and form a team or go solo. You'll be able to pitch your idea to everyone at the event kickoff.

Form Teams

Teams form organically around the ideas that are shared. Other than what type of pizza to eat, this is one of the more challenging decisions.

Build Projects

You'll be surprised what you create at the end of the event. Walk away with a great experience and something you can show off.

Win Prizes

After 24 hours of hard work, you'll present your projects. Judges will then select 3 winners to take home some awesome prizes.

Events We Host

Hack Potsdam is a joint event hosted by SUNY Potsdam’s ACM and Clarkson University's COSI. Both clubs aim to connect students with a passion for technology. The event is held at SUNY Potsdam in the Fall, and Clarkson University in the spring. Hack Potsdam fuels cross-collaboration and innovation between schools.

Fall 2016

9/17 - 9/18

49 Participants

5 Projects

Sponsors and Donators

We're currently seeking sponsors for the Spring 2017 hackathon. Sponsors and donations are what make this event free to all attendees. If you are interested please contact us!


Our sponsors and donators make these awesome prizes happen. Check back soon!

Grand Prize



First Runner-up



Second Runner-up




We are actively seeking judges for our event. Check back soon!

Jason Rotella

Jason Rotella

GE Digital

Timothy Fossum

Professor Emeritus, SUNY Potsdam

Susan Haller

Professor Emerita, SUNY Potsdam

Judging Criteria

Here's how we decide upon the winners.

25% - Originality & Creativity

Is the project new and something that hasn't been attempted before? How does this approach a unique solution to a problem?

25% - Technical Aspect

Does your project utilize a wide range of tools and technologies? Were there real technical challenges you had to overcome?

25% - Polish / Design / Execution

Did your team successfully execute your project concept? Is it usable? Does it work? Is it well designed? Is the user experience smooth?

25% - Demo / Presentation

You'll have 5 minutes for a demo where you tell us all about your project, followed by a Q/A. We recommend a quick powerpoint. We're interested in how you solved problems as well as the technologies & tools you used.


This is what you can expect over the span of 24 hours.

Saturday, March 4
  • Doors Open11:00 AM

  • Introductions and Kickoff12:00 Noon - 12:30 PM

  • Idea Pitching12:30 Noon - 1:00 PM

  • Team Formation1:00 PM

  • Bill Kennedy Guest Speaker2:00 PM

  • Lunch3:00 PM

  • Dinner7:00 PM

  • MLH Event - Slideshow Karaoke10:00 PM

Sunday, March 5
  • Breakfast9:00 AM

  • Stop hacking, Submit Projects11:00 AM

  • Demo Intro, Welcome Judges11:00 AM

  • Project Presentations11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Judge Deliberation12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

  • Award Ceremony12:45 PM - 1:00 PM


Questions? Check our the full list of FAQ's for Spring 2017 here. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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