Hack:Trash:NYC Official Rules*

The Organizing Committee of Hack:Trash:NYC is proud to host the Hack:Trash:NYC Hackathon on October 27-29, 2017 in New York, New York. The Hackathon is governed by the Hackathon Terms and Conditions Agreement and these Hackathon Official Rules.


Participants must register on the Eventbrite registration page in order to participate in Hack:Trash:NYC.

Participation & Teams

  • Participants may register as individuals or teams however each team member must complete the application process.
  • Teams must consist of at least 2 and no more than 5 individuals.  
  • Each team must include participants from at least two different professional background categories. The professional background categories include: Design, Technology, Law, Public Policy, Solid Waste, Business, Government, Community, and Other. For entries in the “Other” category, participants may list their professional background and the Organizing Committee will make a determination of whether it is a separate category, in its own discretion.
  • Individuals looking to form teams and teams looking to recruit individuals will have the opportunity to do so at the beginning of the event on the evening of Friday October 27, 2017.

The Challenge & Acceptable Solutions

  • Participants will use the Galvanize space and the tools available to develop their solution that addresses the Hack:Trash:NYC Challenge:

Develop and pitch an innovative product, business model, service, policy or education campaign, that INCREASES REUSE in NYC and results in a meaningful reduction in waste.”

  • Each participant must supply his/her own laptop and other technology or supplies necessary to develop their Solution.
  • All Solutions must be substantially developed during the designated Contest Period.  
  • Each Solution must be original, of the respective team and team members, and must be their own creation and must not have been entered in any other competition or program similar to the Hackathon.
  • Solutions may be subject to a due diligence review at any time for eligibility and compliance with these Rules.  Determination of eligibility and compliance is at the sole discretion of the judges and the Organizing Committee. Teams will be disqualified if they do not comply with these Rules.
  • To the extent that your Solution utilizes external resources, all references must be included in your Solution presentation.
  • All Solutions, limited to one entry per Team, will be judged based on the Judging Criteria outlined below to determine three winners. Each Team will present their Solution to the judges in the format of a three-minute presentation, with time for questions and answers.
  • To be eligible for consideration as a finalist each team must have at least one representative present during the entirety of the event. The entire team must be present for the event period on Sunday, unless there is an emergency.


For the final part of the event, each team will present their solution to a panel of judges in the format of a three-minute presentation, with time for questions and answers. The winning solutions will be selected by the judges to receive prizes based on the criteria outlined in the HACK:TRASH:NYC Judging Criteria.  



    The winning teams will receive prizes as decided on by our panel of judges. Prizes are final and non-transferable by the winner. If you accept a cash prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes (if any) related to such prize. Odds of winning any prize depend on the number of eligible entries received and the skill of the entrants. No transfer or substitution of prizes, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor.


    The Organizing Committee is not responsible for resolving any disputes between team members.


    Participants are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements and for covering all associated costs and expenses, including travel to/from the venue, overnight accommodations, and meals not provided by the Organizing Committee of the Hackathon.


    Teams should arrive no later than 6:00 PM EST at the venue for the Hackathon. The entire duration of the event will occur at the venue. All meal times and meal choices will be determined by the Organizing Committee in its sole discretion.


    *Event rules are subject to change at the discretion of the Organizing Committee.  Participants will be notified of any rules changes prior to the start of the event.    


    How do you define reuse?

    The definition adopted by the NYC Department of Sanitation is: The use of a product, more than once, in its whole form, either for the original or a novel purpose.  In some cases reuse can simply mean the extension of a product’s life.  In others it can mean the creation of a “closed loop” in which a product is continually reused and kept out of the waste stream.

    Do the solutions have to be tech based?

    No, but they can be! Solutions can come in any form, including products, services, outreach campaigns, and policy proposals.  Your creativity is the limit!

    Do I have to be on a team to attend?

    Not at all!  While some may have formed teams prior to the event, there will also be an opportunity to form teams at the event.  Don’t forget: pre-formed teams may also need to recruit people with specific skillsets!

    What is a hackathon?

    Hackathons are events in which individuals with diverse skillsets come together to collaborate intensively on a designated topic with the aim of creating and pitching an actionable solution.

    Will there be prizes?