Hack Potsdam

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

Saturday - Sunday | March 4th - 5th
Clarkson University Student Center


Here are some of the highlights from our Spring 2017 event.






In Prizes





Sponsors and Donators

Sponsors and donations are what make this event free to all attendees. Thank you so much sponsors.


Our sponsors and donators made these awesome prizes happen!

Grand Prize


$1200 in Amazon Gift Cards

$50 Gift Card from Boxed

MLH First Prize Medal

First Runner-up


$600 in Amazon Gift Cards

$30 Gift Card from Boxed

MLH Second Prize Medal

Second Runner-up


$200 in Amazon Gift Cards

$20 Gift Card from Boxed

MLH Third Prize Medal

Gracenote API Prize


5 Amazon Fire TV's

Domain.com Swag Bag


Best domain = free swag bag from Domain.com

$30 Amazon Gift Card


Best use of AWS = $30 Amazon Gift Card


Check out our awesome panel of judges.

Jason Rotella

Jason Rotella

GE Digital

Dr. Timothy Fossum

Professor Emeritus, SUNY Potsdam

Dr. Brian Ladd

Associate Professor, SUNY Potsdam

Jeanna Matthews

Jeanna Matthews

Professor at Clarkson Univeristy

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 - 12:45 PM

  • Kickoff Ends, Idea Pitching12:45 Noon - 1:15 PM

  • Form Teams, Begin Hacking1:15 PM

  • Bill Kennedy Guest Speaker2:00 PM - 2:55 PM

  • Lunch3:00 PM

  • Dr. Ladd Guest Speaker4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

  • Jason Rotella Guest Speaker5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

  • James Lavieri Guest Speaker6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Dinner7:00 PM

  • Lots of Coffee Arrives9:00 PM

  • MLH Event - Slideshow Karaoke10:00 PM

Sunday, March 5
  • Breakfast + Coffee9:00 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.

View our FAQ's

Our Amazing Team, 2016 - 2017

These people allow this event to take place twice a year.

Jesse Peplinski

SUNY Potsdam / President

Garry Griggs

SUNY Potsdam / Vice President

Zaki Lindo

SUNY Potsdam / Treasurer

Matt Coupal

SUNY Potsdam / Secretary

Greg Hughes

SUNY Potsdam / Public Relations

Ben Lannon

Clarkson / Lab Director

Mike Fulton

Clarkson / Lab Director

Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season