43North Code:Buffalo Hackathon @ Home - Presented by 43North

Create a Code:Buffalo team of 1 to 5 members, build an amazing app or product, and compete to win a top prize of $10,000. Teams will also be eligible to compete in multiple mini challenges with prizes throughout the week. Or join our elite team of mentors to help coders successfully submit their project.

Connect with other participants and get the latest details on Code:Buffalo Hackathon @ Home by joining the Slack Channel here! All team members will be required to join in order to participate.

The Project


Giving Back

There's no question that our community is facing some challenging times. To support local healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines, we will be donating a meal to WNY Feeds the Frontline for each person that signs up to participate in Code:Buffalo (up to 250 meals). 

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 throughout the week of April 17-24 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.

When can I start?

Due to current events, you can start your work as soon as you register but you are certifying that the project you are submitting is original work that was built in the spirit of the event. If you have concerns about licensing, the spirit of the event, or any other specific question - please contact us and we’re happy to give you a decision

How do I access mentors?
  • Post a question in the #mentors channel on Slack
  • Ask for help in the #general channel from other participants
  • Attend our live mentor hours every day from 12PM-1PM or 8PM-9PM and have your favorite video conferencing/screen sharing app ready to send a URL to your mentor.
When is my last commit due?

You will be judged based on the last commit to the master branch of your repository that was committed before the deadline of 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?


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