News: Coding for Change at ScriptEd’s Winter Hackathon

ScriptEd just hosted its biggest Hackathon yet, thanks to the 300 students and over 100 volunteers who came out to code on a wet winter day! Competing teams were spread across three sites at Google and Microsoft offices in New York City. 

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The theme Code for Change encouraged students to use their skills to become agents of change, and build websites and apps that help make the world a better place. Students chose to work on a wide range of global and local issues they care about – from aiding Syrian refugees and bringing clean water to Flint, to promoting pay equity and providing mental health resources to their peers.


Congratulations to the winners, who were selected by a panel of distinguished judges at our three sites.

ScriptEd Hackathon @ Microsoft

1st place: Water Crisis by Team E, a game focused on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan
2nd place: The Landfill by Team J, a game looking at the importance of recycling
Honorable mention: Swayze by Team F, a game focused on finding safe passageways for Syrian refugees
Antuan Santana, Community Manager, Citizenship at Microsoft
James Miles, Director of Education at Urban Arts Partnership, Professor at NYU
Maurya Couvares, Executive Director and Co-founder, ScriptEd

ScriptEd Hackathon @ Google Water Tower

1st place: EmpowHer by Team M, a project looking at female representation in media
2nd place: Meals on the Move by Team A, a resource project on homelessness
3rd place: Trash Gun by Team R, a game about recycling
Honorable mention: Stop Discrimination by Team V, location-based discussion forum on discrimination
Minerva Tantoco, Senior Advisor at Future Perfect Ventures, Former CTO of NYC
Tracy Chou, Software Engineer, Founding Member of Project Include
Jared Hatch, Conductor at ThoughtWorks
Dan Kass, Co-Founder at

ScriptEd Hackathon @ Google Spire

1st place: Requestz by Team F, a website to connect people who can help with people who need help
2nd place: Time of Subway by Team D, a game to promote awareness of problems with public transportation
3rd place: Outlet by Team J, a restorative justice project
Yiyi Zhang, Co-Organizer, New York Tech for Social Good Meetup
Bill Cromie Director of Emergent Technology, Blue Ridge Labs
John Fazzolari, Co-Founder, Revivn

You can find links to all of the other powerful projects ScriptEd students built on our Github page.

Check out the #ScriptEdHackathon on Storify for some highlights from the day.

Winners made off with prizes that included laptops, tablets bluetooth speakers, and portable chargers.

Thanks to Microsoft and Google for providing space for this event, to Boxed for keeping our hungry horde well-fed, and to Kevin Mitchell for donating prizes for the Microsoft site.

And of course, a huge shout out to our students for always bringing their best selves, and our volunteers for their tireless work to make this magical day happen.

Do you have any feedback or suggestions for our next Hackathon? We want to know! Submit your comments here.