TeenHacks LI

September 29-30th 3pm-3pm

theCoderSchool Syosset

Thank you for coming!

Thank you everyone for coming. We had an amazing event and are proud of what everyone created. In the coming weeks, expect to find pictures, news, and more information about our next event.

Find photos of the event on our Facebook page.

About Us

Calling all programmers, designers, makers and leaders! TeenHacks LI is Long Island’s premier 24-hour high school hackathon, by students, for students. Take part in group collaboration, interesting workshops, sweet prizes, and more. Get ready to meet new people and have an amazing time. Join us as we build the future!

Founded by Jeffrey Yu and Wesley Pergament, we are all about bringing together the brightest students across the tri-state area to engage in “collaborative coding.” We hope to build a hacker community here on Long Island, with an emphasis placed on innovation and entrepreneurship.


What is a hackathon?

It's a place where programmers, engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs come together to build an awesome project in 24-hours. We provide the venue and food, you bring the creativity. Get ready to learn, build something cool, and meet new people. Check out this article by Dave Fontenot to learn more! What is a Hackathon?

What if I’m a beginner?

Do not worry. TeenHacks LI encourages students of all levels to come! In addition, we will have workshops throughout the hackathon as well as mentors available to answer any of your questions.

Who can attend?

All high school students are welcome to attend. If you are older or younger and still want to participate as a hacker, shoot us an email. If you're older, we welcome you to sign-up as a mentor!

Does it cost anything?

TeenHacks LI is completely free, thanks to our generous sponsors! This will include food, swag, and awesome prizes.

What if I don't have a team?

In the beginning, we’ll have a team formation session to make sure you’re not alone. You can have teams as large or small as you want, but only teams of 2-4 will be eligible for prizes.

What should I bring?

You should bring your student ID, laptop, phone, chargers, sleeping bag, deoderant, toothbrush, as well as any hardware or materials you may need for your project. Nothing hazardous or illegal.

Where do I sleep?

We encourage everyone to sleep for at least a portion of the night. You can bring a sleeping bag and pillow. We will have a secure quiet room for those who want some shut eye.

Have other questions?

Send us an email at [email protected].


Applications are now closed as of September 21, 2018. If you would still like to apply or have a question regarding your application, please email [email protected]

We will not be accepting on-site registration!

*You will be turned away if you have not RSVP'd


Location: The Coder School Syosset

45 Ira Road
Syosset, NY 11791


Conveniently located right next to the Syosset station of the Port Jefferson line of the LIRR! Also near Routes 25 and 25A.

Time: September 29-30, 2018
3pm to 3pm

Saturday, September 29

2:30 pm
Doors Opens
3:00 pm
Kickoff Ceremony
3:30 pm
Team Building and Soft Skills Activity
4:00 pm
Tibco Introductory Hands-On Workshop (with developer focused products Flogo & Spotfire: Brainstorm ideas for the "TIBCO Challenge")
5:30 pm
LI Tech in partnership with “My Blind Spot” Workshop
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
MLH Localhost: Alexa
9:30 pm
Q+A with Legislature Josh Lafazan

Sunday, September 30

12:00 am
Mid-night Snack
1:00 am
Foosball Tournament
2:00 am
Quiet Hours Begin
6:00 am
Quiet Hours End
7:00 am
11:59 am
Project Submissions Due
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
Judging Begins
2:30 pm
Awards + Closing Ceremony
3:00 pm
The End :(

*subject to change

Guest Speakers

Noreen Kazi

Owner/GM, theCoderSchool Syosset

Nisha Bhalla

Senior Advisor, theCoderSchool Syosset

Anthony Buonaspina

CEO, LI Tech Advisors

Ed Eisenstein

President, United Network Associates

Josh Lafazan

Legislator, 18th District, Nassau County Legislature

Sitaram Iyer

Director, Digital Strategy, TIBCO

Simer Singh Seth

Manager, Global Pre-Sales Enablement & Digital Content, TIBCO

Cris Madrigal

Developer Evangelist, TIBCO

Robert Brushenko

Sales Enablement Specialist, Analytics, TIBCO

Christian Pongratz

Interim Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education, NYIT

Nada Anid

Vice President, Strategic Communications and External Affairs, NYIT

Hacker Resources

Thanks to some of our sponsors, there will be featured hardware and software you can hack with. See some of them below.

TIBCO will be sending representatives to help students learn how to use Flogo. Project Flogo® enables developers to build microservices or functions with a browser based flow designer. Make sure to take a look at this PDF to download all the correct things in preparation for this workshop here.

.TECH Domains is providing free one-year .tech domains to all particpants. Host your project on a domain name for the new tech revolution. Instructions on how to redeem your domain name will be provided at the event.

Leap Motion has provided us with 10 Leap Motion Controllers along with 10 Unisversal VR Dev Mounts. Create a project where your hands are the controller. Download the latest SDK in preparation.

Adeept STEAM Education Products Service Provider and Manufacturer, is providing 5 Ultimate Starter Kit for Arduino UNO. Build the hardware project of your dreams with this massive kit. Donwload the Arudino IDE in preparation.

Bare Conductive is providing 2 of their Touch Board Pro Kits. Make interactive hardware projects with their Electric Paint and Touch Board. If you need some ideas, check out their site here!

Want to add some machine learning to your project? Sign up here to use any or all of indico's Machine Learning APIs. indico offers text and image analysis along with tools to train your own models. Need more than the free 10k credit? Email [email protected] and the team will add any additional credit -- you may need just make sure you mention that you're at TeenHacks LI. Take a peek at the docs to get started. Happy hacking!

Estimote is providing 2 of their Proximity Beacon Developer Kits. (That's 8 low energy beacons in total!) These beacons allow you to authenticate presence, send contextual notifications, display proximity-based content, or create software automations. To learn how to use this wonderful device, check out the developer docs.


Meet the amazing team that makes TeenHacks LI possible!

Jeffrey Yu


Wesley Pergament


Sarah Pethani

Content Creator/Webmaster

Alex Chen

Content Creator/NYC Ambassador

Angela Chen

Content Creator/Social Media Manager

Harris Miller

Workshop Coordinator

Yesmeen Elgabori

Sponsorship Outreach

Aaron Kalani

Ambassador Program Lead/Media Coorespondent

Quentin Baumann

Sponsorship Outreach/Food Logistics Manager

Sponsors & Partners

More Sponsors Coming Soon!

If you're interested in partnering with us, send our sponsorship team an email at [email protected].

Download Sponsorship Prospects

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