The AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge is a two month virtual hackathon for Rochester’s most talented computer scientists, software developers and hardware engineers to build products that have the potential to benefit Upstate New York.
AT&T and its partners Rochester Institute of Technology, Digital Rochester, High Tech Rochester and Hack Upstate aim to unite developers in the greater Rochester region to develop mobile apps serving community needs while demonstrating how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment.
$18,000 in prizes
Participants are encouraged to collaborate with technologists, designers, entrepreneurs, engineers, advocates, community service professionals and anyone else with a passion for innovation and a love of Rochester and the surrounding region.
EXISTING CIVIC APPLICATIONS
Developers already working on a community service-themed app for the public can submit it for consideration.
Two Honorable Mentions
NEW CIVIC APPLICATIONS
Developers inspired to create a new civic application from scratch can submit it for consideration.
Two Honorable Mentions
Developers are encouraged to leverage and contribute to public data sets and APIs available on Github:
RIT Center for MAGIC, located in Student Innovation Hall (labeled CSI in section D6 on the map). Student Innovation Hall is a round glass structure near Global Village. On the windows to the building, you will see banners that have the MAGIC logo, as well as the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
RIT MAGIC Center
159 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY, 14623 Get Directions
Parking for the event is in S lot (see here). Please enter the campus using the main entrance off of Jefferson Rd and follow the signage (it will read Rochester Civic App Challenge Press Conference) that we have in place to direct you to the event location. Twenty spaces have been reserved for this event at the east end of the 5th set of double rows of the parking lot; please look for our Public Safety officers who will be on hand to assist you if necessary.
Hon. Joseph D. Morelle
New York State Assembly Majority Leader (D-Irondequoit)
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (59th District)
Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Economic Development and Member of Senate Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship
AT&T New York President
Executive Director, Digital Rochester
Dr. Stephen Jacobs
Professor, Associate Director of the MAGIC Center
Program Manager of Technology Commercialization, High Tech Rochester
Senior Lecturer, RIT
Associate Professor, RIT & Chief Architect, BlindSpotApp.com
Assistant Director - Lab for Technological Literacy, RIT
5:15pm: Informal gathering to connect and discuss progress
Wednesday April 23rd
11:59pm: Deadline for online submissions via Hacker League
Demos / Awards
Tuesday May 13th
11:00am: Open to the public
NEW CIVIC APPLICATION WINNERS
Grand prize ($5,000)
Public Market Guide
Public Market Guide, Monroe County Edition, created by Nick Evevsky of Webster and Peter Traeg of Greece, which contains social media, event and venue information on farmers markets around the county, including the Rochester Public Market
2nd place ($2,000)
RShield, created by University of Rochester student Francis John Hinson and Princeton University student Andrew Jung-Ming Ng, which uses a laptop webcam to create an in-home or business security system
Third place ($1,000)
RocReport, created by RIT student Debjit Saha and Syracuse University student Ricky Laishram, to serve as a virtual marketplace for area contractors to learn about civic projects
Honorable Mention ($500)
Erie Canal App
Erie Canal App, created by Eric Harty of Gates to provide information on boat launches, locks and other features along the canal
Honorable Mention ($500)
College Locator App
College Locator App, created by Nilay Yildirim of Henrietta and Gregory Sapio of Syracuse, which provides information on New York state colleges, including institutional profiles, available scholarships, financial aid and cost details
EXISTING CIVIC APPLICATION WINNERS
Grand prize ($5,125)
CityWhisk, created by Marissa McDowell, an RIT graduate student and Jonathan Markowicz of Rochester, which allows the user to create an entertainment itinerary using information on a variety of businesses and attractions
2nd place ($2,125)
Monroe Minutes, created by Timothy Duffy of Henrietta, an aggregator and indexer for producing meeting minutes
Third place ($1,125)
NextPlex Mobile, created by Nathan Henderson and Kyle Macey of Greece and Lail Brown of Rochester, which focuses on public events for entrepreneurs and technologists, providing a directory of civic and small business resources
Honorable Mention ($625)
RHoK the Hood
RHoK the Hood, created by RIT students Mihir Singh and Mike Nolan, which provides concise versions of information frequently requested through Freedom of Information law