Now in its second year, Hack AE is a 24-hour civic hackathon organized by the America East Academic Consortium, the academic initiative of the America East Conference. The event is designed to bring America East students together to build software and hardware projects that address the real-world challenges facing our neighborhoods, cities, states, and country, with a specific emphasis on issues pertaining to cybersecurity, education, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness.



Students currently enrolled at an America East university may register to attend Hack AE. America East member universities include: University at Albany; Binghamton University; University of Hartford; University of Maine; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Massachusetts Lowell; University of New Hampshire; Stony Brook University; and the University of Vermont.

Hackathon Sponsors



Develop a technological solution to a cybersecurity issue presented by cloud computing or the Internet of Things. The issue may be of personal, national, or global significance.

Win a Google Home Mini!


Develop a technological solution to an issue facing the education sector at the primary, secondary, or post-secondary level. The issue may be on a local, regional, national or global scale.

Win an Amazon Fire 7!

Environmental Sustainability

Develop a friendly web or app based platform that will help consumers and businesses use energy and natural resources more efficiently.

$500 to the winning team!

Health & Wellness

Develop a web or app based platform that assists patients and/or healthcare practitioners with the management of illnesses and health risks and/or the promotion of general health and well-being.

Presented by the UMass Lowell Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences - win a Fitbit Flex 2!

Health & Wellness 2

In 2016 alone, the opioid epidemic took more than 64,000 American lives from overdoses. Youth between the ages of 12 and 18 have been identified as an extremely vulnerable demographic for substance abuse, including the use of opioids.

Develop an original and innovative prevention platform that will reach teens on their level and ultimately help end this epidemic.

PRIZE: Amazon Echo Dot!

New Hackers

Develop a technological solution to an issue in of the four previously mentioned categories and win a Belkin Wireless Charging Pad!

All members of the hacking team must be first-time hackathon participants to be eligible for this prize.

Best Domain Name from

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Students may register to attend Hack AE via the event website.


Guanling Chen

Guanling Chen
Associate Professor of Computer Science / University of Massachusetts Lowell

Laura Holmes

Laura Holmes
Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Partnerships / Binghamton University

Shivam Parikh

Shivam Parikh
Application Developer / University at Albany

Vikram Patil

Vikram Patil
Senior Programmer Analyst / University at Albany

Thomas Stirling

Thomas Stirling
President / Stirling Technologies

Steve Tello

Steve Tello
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development / University of Massachusetts Lowell

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the solution unique and innovative? Does the project do something entirely novel or take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the project technically advanced? Did the students solve a difficult technical problem in completing the project?
  • Polish
    Is the project usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Is the project aesthetically pleasing?
  • Usefulness/Impact
    Is the project something that people are likely to use? Does the project fulfill a real need? Is the project likely to have a positive impact in our local community, region, nation, or world?

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