The AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge is a two month virtual hackathon for the Tech Valley's most talented computer scientists, software developers and hardware engineers to build products that have the potential to benefit the local community.

Partners Include:

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AT&T and its partners aim to unite developers in the greater Tech Valley 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 the Tech Valley region.


All civic themed apps are welcome. This includes apps started at the outset of the competition, or projects begun before. Submissions cannot be apps that are publicly launched prior to the competition launch.

Grand Prize






Two Honorable Mentions

$500 each


Developers are encouraged to leverage and contribute to public data sets and APIs available on Github:



Kickoff Event @ The Startup Tech Valley Meetup

Wednesday, March 4th

5:30 PM

Open Hack Day

@ The Tech Valley Center of Gravity

Saturday, April 18th

11 AM - 4 PM

Submissions Deadline

Friday, May 1st

11:59 PM

  • Deadline for online submissions via Hacker League


Civic Requirement

Submissions must address challenges relevant to the Tech Valley. All mobile-optimized applications are welcomed as part of the competition. This includes: native apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, mobile-optimized web applications, and SMS/MMS apps. If you have questions about your project ideas, shoot us a line!

Team Requirement

One member of each team must be a resident or attend an institute of higher learning within one of the 19 counties of the Tech Valley (Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Ulster, Warren, and Washington).


Products must be submitted before 11:59pm May 1st via the Hacker League ‘Project’ submissions page.

Judging Criteria

  • Potential Impact on the Tech Valley (40%)
  • Execution (40%)
  • Creativity / Novelty (20%)

Note: All potential intellectual property belongs to the product teams.


Hon. George A. Amedore, Jr.

New York State Senator

Hon. John T. McDonald III

New York State Assemblymember

Kishor Bagul

New York State Chief Technology Officer

Marissa Shorenstein

AT&T New York President

Christine Tate

Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Angel Investor & Founder - Gunnafly, LLC

Jennifer Goodall, Ph.D.

Director - College of Computing and Information Women In Technology Program

Director - Informatics Undergraduate Program, University at Albany

Susan Lundberg

Techconnex Committee Member

President - Capital Tech Search

Thomas Tongue

President - Tech Valley Center of Gravity

CEO - Zomega Terahertz Corporation

Bryan O'Malley

Interactive Lead - Fingerpaint

Daniel Stone

Co-Founder - Hudson Valley Tech Meetup

Senior Creative Technologist - Evolving Media Network

Tim Varney

Co-Founder - Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network

Director of Mobile Application Development - Troy Web

Antonio Civitella

President - New York BizLab

President & CEO - Transfinder

Scott Tillitt

Founder - BEAHIVE & Antidote Collective

Co-Founder & Board Chair - Re>Think Local

Andrew Nicklin

Director - Open NY

Ken Zalewski

Manager of Application Development of the New York State Senate

Troy City Council President Pro Tempore


See what our partners are saying.

Read the official release.

Grand Prize ($10,000)

Created by Russell Kirkwood of Stillwater, N.Y. This mobile web app assists non-for-profit food pantries manage their operations more efficiently and cost effectively to better service the community’s most fragile. It includes services such as client, inventory, grant, volunteer and donor tracking. In addition, the app reduces the need for paper, provides real-time data and reporting to management and compliance oversight entities, and provides an overall structure for a food pantry operation. The capital region alone has more than a thousand food pantry or food distribution type organizations. Watch the demo.

2nd Place ($5,000)

Created by Alex Muro (Albany, N.Y.) and Eric Krans (Altamont, N.Y.), is a social voting app that allows the user to search registered voters in New York State and see the elected officials of any voter. Additionally, it allows users to verify and link their voting record with their Facebook account to display their full voting record and history, see upcoming elections and endorse candidates. It also allows the user to see who their friends have endorsed, allowing them to get valuable information to take to the polls from people they know and trust. Watch the demo.

3rd Place ($2,000)

Created by Dan Fenaughty (Palenville, N.Y.), Benjamin Conant (Vassar College alumni and resident of New York, N.Y.), Ayana Wilson (New York, N.Y) and Evan Torkos (New York, N.Y.). Snapmap is a mobile web app that helps New York state families get the most out of their SNAP benefits, the USDA's supplemental nutrition assistance program designed to ensure that all Americans, regardless of income level, can purchase and consume healthy food on a regular basis. Snapmap was created specifically for customers who pay for food using SNAP benefits and allows users to quickly locate SNAP accepting stores through a geolocating map interface, write reviews, view store hours, and filter through stores to discover healthy options. Watch the demo.

Honorable Mention ($500)

Created by Marcella Jewell (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Hunter Fortuin (Troy, N.Y.), Shane Boland (Troy, N.Y. ), Matt Barth (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), and Ethan Glass (Albany, N.Y.). The mobile web app provides a virtual place to find work or hire local, introducing a new way to connect young job seekers with small businesses on a local level, thus removing geographical barriers for both demographics. Ant Hill is designed to be a springboard for college students or create a lifestyle for career freelancers, while strengthening local economies and community bonds, improving employment rates, and introducing a way for businesses to hire with low-risk and low-cost. Watch the demo.

Honorable Mention ($500)

Created by Jordan Dunne, Kiana McNellis, Aaron Gunderson, Trevor Phillippi, Devon Bernard and Rocco Del Priore all Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students, and Joseph Schiavone of Harvard University. The iPhone app locates community events near the user, informing them where and when the events are and even can assist with directions. The app scans the web to find hyper-local events and makes them easily viewable to attract more visitors for events happening at nearby community centers, businesses, museums, and more, and lists them in one convenient location for the user to find a variety of event opportunities in the Tech Valley. Watch the demo.

Honorable Mention ($500)

Created by Jason Kuruzovich (Saratoga Springs, NY) and Hammad Ghuman (Latham, NY). The mobile web app helps connect hackers, makers, designers and students with projects that matter. Nonprofit organizations, startups business, and communities often have incredible project ideas that never get developed due to lack of technology or skills. This app brings these to the attention of the massive community of professional developers looking to expand their portfolio; instructors seeking real projects for students to gain experiential education; and leading institutions looking to apply their technology and IP resources. Watch the demo.

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