43North Code:Buffalo - 43North

The annual Code:Buffalo hackathon went virtual this year with our first-ever Hackathon @ Home. Hundreds of Western New York developers, designers, and strategists came together to form teams, build an amazing app or product, and compete to win a top prize of $10,000, a second place prize of $3,000, and a third place prize of $1,500. There were educational workshops throughout the week, along with mini challenges and mentorship opportunities. Stay tuned for details about the next one!

In the meantime, connect with other participants and get the latest details on Code:Buffalo by joining the Slack Channel here!

2020 Prompt

Competitors were challenged to "build something to support the Buffalo community."
Congratulations to the Code:Buffalo Hackathon @ Home Winners!

Grand Prize Winner: Creative Kidz

The Creative Kidz platform helps parents keep their children engaged at home through creative projects and discussions.

2nd Place Winner: Au Knowledge

Their project, Buffalo Indicators, is a community information system that collects data across 7 categories:education, workforce, health, criminal justice, housing, environment, and arts and culture.

3rd Place Winner: Buffalo Coders

The BuffaLoves Trivia Game is an Amazon Alexa-powered game that quizzes you on Buffalo history, landmarks, and other categories.

Workshop Recordings

Intro to React Workshop - Hosted by Erik Taheri

Bootstrapping with Python & FastAPI (Backend) Workshop - Hosted by Liam Gensel

Bootstrapping with React & FastAPI (Frontend) Workshop - Hosted by Ryan Thomas

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need software development experience to participate?

Not every participant is required to code, however, each team should have individuals capable of front-end and back-end development. Marketers, data analysts, business strategists and designers all make great team contributors.

Can I participate alone?

Absolutely! Team sizes can range from 1 to 5. However, anyone who contributes on the project must be registered on your team.

Do I need to be from Buffalo to participate?

No! But teams should be from or attend school in Western New York or the Rochester area.

What are the prizes?

The top prize for Code:Buffalo is $10,000, second place is $3,000 and third place is $1,500 for your team. There will also be mini challenges where you can win other prizes.

Where do I host my repo?

Please create a public repository on GitHub; you will need to submit the URL at the end of the contest.

How do I access mentors?
  • Post a question in the #mentors channel on Slack
  • Ask for help in the #general channel from other participants
When is my last commit due?

The final deadline for this year's Code:Buffalo was 11:59 PM (Midnight) on April 24th, 2020.

What do I need to submit to win?
  • Your git repository by providing the public GitHub repository URL.
  • A web accessible demo if it’s a web application.
    The URL of a 90 second or less YouTube video that explains the problem you’re solving, demonstrates your application, and discusses your plans for future development.
  • Don’t know how to screen capture?


Thank you to our sponsors