Debug Politics: 1st NYC Hackathon

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Debug Politics: 1st NYC Hackathon

When and where

Date and time


Casper HQ 230 Park Avenue South Floor 13 (entrance on 19th st) New York, NY 10003

Map and directions

How to get there


Update: New speakers and judges have been added:

  • Fred Wilson - Co-founder of Union Square Ventures
  • Stephanie Hannon - CTO of Hillary for America
  • John Heilemann - Co-managing Editor at Bloomberg Politics, Political Analyst for MSNBC
  • Diana Rhoten - Managing Partner at IDEO
  • Chris Wiggins - Chief Data Scientist at the New York Times
  • Nancy Lublin - CEO of Crisis Text Line, former CEO of
  • Sree Sreenivasan - Chief Digital Officer of New York City

+ more to be announced soon!

Debug Politics is a nonpartisan hackathon for anyone dissatisfied with the 2016 election cycle. Transform your dissatisfaction into a unique idea. Let's use our talents as developers, designers, and technologists to find innovative ways to make a real difference.

Help make our political process something we can be proud of.

"Find one specific thing about the election cycle you were dissatisfied with and build something to fix it."



  • 7pm: Kick-off with Sree Sreenivasan - Chief Digital Officer of New York City
  • 7:30: People pitch ideas, team formation
  • 8:30pm: Start building!
  • 12am: venue closes


  • 9am: Venue opens, breakfast
  • 12:30pm: Lunch and lightning speakers (Matt Stempeck - Director of Civic Technology for Microsoft, Jeff Stern - Director of Product Innovation of Girls Who Code, Justin Kosslyn - Product Manager at Google Jigsaw, Francisco Moya -NYS Assembly Member)
  • 6:30pm: Dinner
  • 12am - Venue closes


  • 9am: Venue opens, breakfast
  • 12:30pm: Lunch
  • 4pm: Product showcase

Food and beverages will be provided by the hosts throughout the event. Contact for general questions.

Interested in sponsoring? Email

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I participate remotely?
A: If you're not in New York City 1/13-1/15, you can participate as a remote team member. Debug Politics is beta testing a system that allows people from all over the world to contribute to ideas presented in NYC. Fill out this 30 second form if you're interested:

Q: What if I cannot make it on Friday?
A: Show up as early as you can on Saturday. Teams will still be refining their ideas by then and you are welcome to show up with your own idea or team. We'll work with you to get you on a team and/or provide you with resources to complete your project. If you or your team absolutely cannot attend but you complete a project that you want to demo, you can still present it at the viewing party if you can make it on Sunday. Let an organizer know as early as you can if this is the case.

Q: How will teams be formed?
A: During kickoff night, anyone with a project idea can come up and give a short elevator pitch and describe what skills they are needing on their team. We then leave it to you to connect with the projects that most match your interests and require your skills.

You are also welcome to come with a team already formed. It’s also ok to arrive at the event with a project that you’ve been working on previously.

We'll do our best to match skill sets to projects throughout the entire event. Let an organizer know what you need.