Attendees will compete for up to $10,000 in cash, along with other prizes; learn new technology;  and network with Buffalo’s top tech talent, including several 43North winners

Apollo GraphQL CEO and Co-founder Geoff Schmidt will participate  in a tech-focused roundtable discussion to kick off the event

BUFFALO, NY – May 10, 2019 – Got serious coding chops? Then mark your calendar for June 14-16, because Techstars, 43North, ACV Auctions, and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are hosting Code:Buffalo, a weekend-long hackathon where Buffalo’s top tech talent will compete to build an application utilizing GraphQL, an open source query language for applications.

Code:Buffalo offers Buffalo’s seasoned and aspiring tech talent a chance to show off their skills; network with Buffalo’s top startup and corporate talent; learn new technology; and compete to win the top cash prize of $10,000, along with $3,000 and $1,500 prizes.

Professionals and students who have at least basic coding skills are invited to attend. Code:Buffalo is free and open to the public, though pre-registration is required. Individuals and teams of 3-5 people are required to register via the Eventbrite page ( ) by Monday, June 10. Those who sign up individually will be placed on a team.

All competitors will be assigned the same project to complete, but the details of the project will remain a secret until the kick off of the event on Friday, June 14 at The Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. That evening, participants will also join Geoff Schmidt, co-founder and CEO of Apollo GraphQL, for a tech-focused roundtable discussion and workshop.

The Code:Buffalo schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 14

Location: The Innovation Center (640 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY)

Start time: 6:30 pm

Organizers will kick-off the event and announce the project scope. That will be followed by a roundtable discussion with Geoff Schmidt, Co-Founder and CEO of Apollo GraphQL, and an Apollo GraphQL workshop.

Saturday, June 15

Location: University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine And Biomedical Sciences Atrium (955 Main St., Buffalo, NY)

Start time: 10 am

Throughout the day and into the late evening, teams will work independently to build applications.

Sunday, June 16

Location: The Innovation Center

Start time: 10:30 am

Teams will present their projects to a team of judges and the winners will be announced during an awards ceremony.

*Light meals and refreshments will be served throughout the weekend’s events

“Buffalo has more startup activity today than we’ve seen in generations. To keep that momentum going, we need to continue to cultivate Western New York’s tech talent. That’s why I’m excited to see some of our community’s best coders come together to compete and network at the first-ever Code:Buffalo hackathon,” said 43North President Alex Gress.

“The health and resiliency of an entrepreneurial ecosystem is positively correlated to the volume of recent connections and interactions taking place between passionate, creative innovators and collaborators,” said Jack Greco, Executive Director of the Techstars Buffalo Startup Ecosystem Development Program. “The Code:Buffalo hackathon represents a platform for tech talent to develop relationships among the group; grow together as teammates and a community; and take another step towards forming a more sustainable, integrated tech startup culture in Western New York.”

“The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is proud to support events like Code:Buffalo, which help bridge the gap between the tech community working in the corporate world and those working in early-stage companies. Whether you are an expert in React or Java, or just learning the basics of coding, Code:Buffalo is the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded peers and show off your skills,” said Sam Marrazzo, CIO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

In addition to Techstars, 43North, ACV Auctions, and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Code:Buffalo receives support from Campus Labs, HiOperator, Immersed Games and M&T Bank.


About 43North

43North is the startup competition that invests $5 million annually to attract and cultivate high-growth startups in Buffalo. 43North portfolio companies also receive free incubator space in Buffalo for one year, guidance from mentors in related fields, and access to other business incentive programs such as START-UP NY. 43North operates through the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Empire State Development and several other sponsors. For more information about 43North, visit