Impact Hackathon NYC: API & UX Design

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IMPACT is very thrilled to organize a special remote hackathon in New York City for an entire week, from Thursday, June 1st to Wednesday, June 7th.

The challenge is open to everyone willing to play and create. On top of the amazing people you'll meet and the great work you'll achieve, you will compete for one of the 2 prizes valued at more than $1000 each. Participants must attend the opening (June 1st) and closing event (June 7th) in New York City. It's going to be a lot of fun!

How to participate ?
- Please register on this Eventbrite
- Then register here on the Impact Hackathon platform: https://www.impacthackathon.com/en/challenges/ny-api-hack?lang=en

1 - Challenges

Please find more information on Agorize platform once registered.

- CHALLENGE 1: Personalize this! with CogniK #API #personalization #hack

We are looking for innovative ways for participants to use our personalization platform to build amazing products. CogniK is a personalization platform designed for publishers to deliver a personalized recommendation for each user. At the heart of it, CogniK's platform provides an intelligent way to connect users with the best content matching their user's interest. The CogniK platform can be used to personalize websites, mobile apps, newsletters and chatbots.

What ? Build amazing products (chatbot, web widgets ...etc) using our personalization platform
Who ? Open to anyone familiar with API and how to interact with them, CogniK platform being driven by a RESTful API
What's in it for you ? Gain Experience with Personalization - Develop prototyping skills

IP: Full retention of rights by participants

- CHALLENGE 2: Algorithm Visualization: we need oversight and transparency ! with Deep Algo #data #uxdesign #algorithm

We believe that in our data obsessed world, nobody would tolerate opaque algorithms to decide : we need oversight and transparency. Deep Algo is a powerful tool to get a deep insight into your code. Deep Algo helps you to document, validate and ensure the transparency of algorithms. Join our community and embrace our quest !

What ? Build use cases around Deep Algo's data
Who ? Open to Ruby/Java/C#/Javascript developers and UX designers
What's in it for you ? Gain experience in designing a product - Coaching from our R&D engineers - Using Deep Algo Free and Integrating Deep Algo into the workflow of your open-source project - Hiring opportunities

IP: Open source

You can find all the documentations for Deep Algo's challenge here:

2- Prizes

1 PRIZE valued at more than $1000

Bonus prize
Deep Algo's prize: Free usage of Deep Algo for 1 year

3 - Schedules

> OPENING NIGHT - Thursday, June 1st

6pm Let's share pizza and beers!
6:15pm IMPACT Opening
6:30pm CogniK & Deep Algo presentations
7:00pm Q&A
7:20pm Reminder of the rules
8:00pm Let’s hack! Beginning of the hackathon - social time

> REMOTE HACKATHON - Thursday, June 1st to Wednesday, June 7th

The Agorize platform is available to submit your code during the whole week.

> CLOSING NIGHT - Wednesday, June 7th

10:00 am Final Coding and Submission Deadline
6:00 pm Project presentations – Judging and voting begins
7:00 pm Panel deliberations / mingle and snacks for participants
8:00 pm Awards
9:00 pm Closing

4 - Rules


There are two projects.
Everyone needs to subscribe to the event and Agorize platform. From that platform, you will be able to form your teams (creating a team with people you already know or finding other participants on the platform).
Teams must be between 1 to 4 people. Your team must select and compete in one project only, there will be separate prizes for each project.

All code developed as part of the IMPACT hackathon must be fresh. To keep things fair, all codes must be written during the length of the hackathon starting at 8:15pm on Thursday, June 1st. Other than that, almost anything goes and you can use any coding languages, open-source libraries, and APIs.


Each team is required to submit their project on Agorize no later than 10am on Wednesday, June 7th. On Wednesday evening, accepted submissions will be given 2 minutes to pitch their functioning solution in front of the judges followed by a 1 minute Q&A session. Your presentation format is up to you, but it is recommended to share a very brief visual, e.g. PowerPoint or a video combined with a demo of the solution developed. We will provide you with projection equipment.

Hackers who can’t attend the closing event in NYC will not be eligible for the prizes.


You will have to sign a participation agreement on the day the Hackathon begins. Both hackers and makers will be required to sign the agreements.

Who owns the IP? Depends of each startups (see 1- Challenges)


The ideas are judged based on 4 criteria from a panel of judges:

1. How innovative the app is

Includes the degree of innovation demonstrated using the API and the extent to which the API is key in the solution.

2. User experience and design

Includes how beautiful and elegant the solution is in terms of how it looks to the user and how easy it is to use.

3. How well it works

Includes the extent to which the solution does what it is supposed to do and how good the code is written in a performance point of view.

4. Hot factor - Potential

Includes how compelling the solution is and how likely people are to be excited about it.

5 - Jury

Phillipe Dubost, Product Lead @Teachable
Brandon Richey, Technical Lead, Customer Solutions @Greenhouse Software

We thank our sponsor OVH. With a community of over 1,000,000 customers, OVH is the third internet hosting company in the world.

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