Hack AE is a 24-hour creative coding event that strives to bring America East students together to engage in collaborative computer programming.

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.


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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.

How to enter

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


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

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

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Shivam Parikh
Application Developer / University at Albany

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Vikram Patil
Senior Programmer Analyst / University at Albany

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Thomas Stirling
President / Stirling Technologies

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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?