#NYTechResponds Announces Hackathon to Benefit Sandy Relief

November 20, 2012

4:00 pm

The NYTechResponds hackathon and disaster relief conference will take place on December 1-2 to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief and help prepare for future disasters.

The event is organized by a collection of New York City technology leaders and organizations. They also launched a fundraising campaign to raise money for charities like the Red Cross, the United Way, Team Rubicon, the Mayor’s Fund, and the River Fund.

“We are a resilient city and we, the NY tech community, now must step up to help lead and drive the recovery. NYC has given us much – we now must give back,” they wrote.

Donors can earmark their funds for a particular hacker participating in the hackathon, and the one who raises the most money will win 30 minutes to pitch to Steve Schlafman of Lerer Ventures. Anyone who donates $50 or more will receive a free ticket to the Sandy Benefit Weekend, which includes the following:

Saturday, December 1

  • Morning: Panel discussions on how the recovery is going, how to help out, and how to prepare for another disaster.
  • Afternoon: Hackathon kick-off. The hackathon will take place at General Assembly, NYU-Poly Varick Street, and ff Ventures.
  • Evening: Thank you dinner for hackers and relief workers.

Sunday, December 2

  • Afternoon: Hackathon presentations and awards. Other prizes include 30 minutes with a partner at ff Ventures, a total of $1,000 in cash for general projects, and two $500 cash prizes for the energy category from NYSERDA.
  • Evening: Sandy Benefit Event.

The organizers are still looking for judges, sponsors, and prizes (for example, admission to coworking spaces or more time with a VC).

The hackathon was originally scheduled for the week after Hurricane Sandy struck, but it had to be postponed. The organizers realized that it was too early to build long-term technological solutions when victims were still in need of more basic aid. Three weeks later, NYTechResponds can now connect more easily with relief organizations and understand their current and future needs.

For more information, stay up to date on NYTechResponds.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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