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Hack Dibner

A technology and design competition that is offered at NYU's Dibner Library on a yearly basis.

Hack Dibner is Back!

Decorative banner featuring Hack Dibner logo and brief description of "A technology and user experience competition"

Hack Dibner is BACK! 

NYU's favorite proof-of-concept competition is back! We began with 21 teams with innovative ideas on how to improve NYU Libraries services, all vying for the grand prize of $500. Now it's down to 12 finalist teams preparing to deliver their final pitches. Best of luck to our teams!

Congrats to our 2023 Hack Dibner Finalists! 

We look forward to their final pitches on Friday, December 1 from 4:00 - 6:30 pm in LC400, 5 MetroTech Center.  We'd love to have the teams' supporters join us to cheer on these proposals and vote for Fan Favorite. Walk-ins are welcome, but registrations help us to plan the event.  Register here.

Finalist Team Presentation Schedule

4:10 - 4:20: Clicksters (Riola Musoke-Lubega, Nisha Ramanna, Megan Kim, Olivia Marcellin, Kevin Yap)

4:20 - 4:30: Team Agile (Darrien Gopaul, Florjon Haxhija)

4:30 - 4:40: Team Inclusive Design (Ana Eremina, Vandana Rajesh, Shashwat Mishra, Khushi Sharma, Aditya Garyali)

4:40 - 4:50: D-tech Dibs (Fei Wang, Cher Wang, Cindy Chen, Ariadne Wong)

4:50 - 5:00: Nevermind (Sakshi Kulkarni, Sarthak Goel)

5:00 - 5:10: Winner Winner Chicken Dibner (Aditya Deepak Joshi, Garvit Luhadia)

5:10 - 5:20: CodeCrafters (Shruti Garg, Meenesh Solanki)

5:20 - 5:30: ChatDBN (Anna Kozlova, Paulina Kolesnikova, Blanca García del Cerro, Marjorie Yang)

5:30 - 5:40: idkman (Makesh Srinivasan)

5:40 - 5:50: Libraryer (Qiming Liu)

5:50 - 6:00: Team AKPN (Patrick Hsu, Karan Shah, Alex Trujillo, Naël Andre)

6:00 - 6:10: Madibs (Kim Nguyen, Tiffany Lee, Jacquelyn Gomez, Naidelyn Hernandez)

6:15 Hack Dibner 2023 Winner ($500), Runner-up ($250), and Fan Favorite announced

Hack Dibner 2023 Judging Panel

Chandra Shekhar Pandey, member of the 2022 Hack Dibner winning team

De-Ann Abraham, Programs Manager at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

Gaby Garcia, EDI Student Success Librarian at NYU Libraries

Jeremy Umali, Library IT Operations Manager at NYU Libraries

Keith Mauppa, Programs Manager at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

Hack Dibner 2023 Pitch Mentor: Priyanka Bose, member of the 2022 Hack Dibner winning team

Final Written Proposals are due on November 20th.  Follow the Written Proposal Guidelines and submit to

Workshop #1: Project Management Dibner Director and Hack Dibner mentor Sam Putnam got the teams started with tools and tips for project management. Sam emphasized the importance of un-hiding work, breaking tasks into small, manageable pieces, and clearly assigning teammates to tasks.  Here are Sam's slides.  Here is Sam's email: 

Workshop #2: Measuring and Evaluating User Experience Librarian for Open Innovation and Hack Dibner mentor, Hebah Emara compelled us think about great UX, frustrating UX, and universal design. User Experience and Contextual Inquiry is a judging category worth 20 points of the total 100; a vital component of Hack Dibner. Here are Hebah's slides.  Here is Hebah's email:

Workshop #3: Making a Case for Impact and Feasibility Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Librarian and Hack Dibner mentor Lindsay Anderberg explained that in a proof-of-concept competition a strong literature review will provide solid support for the key judging categories of impact and feasibility. Teams were encouraged to look to both the scholarly and popular literature and to draw upon use cases both within libraries and in parallel settings. Here are Lindsay's slides. Here is Lindsay's email: 

Workshop #4: Pitching and Presenting your Idea Engineering Librarian and Hack Dibner mentor, Matthew Frenkel and STEM Instruction & Engagement Librarian and Hack Dibner mentor, Amanda He, provided details on the Hack Dibner Showcase and explained the structure of a pitch and identified characteristics and tips to strengthen a pitch. Here are Matthew and Amanda's slides. Here is Matthew's email: and Amanda's email:

What is Hack Dibner?

Hack Dibner is an annual fall semester design contest hosted by the NYU Bern Dibner Library. Participants are challenged to develop and present an idea that uses technology to improve user experience at Dibner, or within the greater NYU Libraries system.