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Hack Dibner

A technology and design competition


All deliverables must be submitted to on or before the deadlines listed below

Important Dates:

  • Friday, September 17            –   Kickoff Event
  • Friday, October 1                   –   Initial concept due
  • Monday, November 15          –   Draft written proposals due
  • Monday, November 29          –   Final written proposals due
  • Friday, December 3               –   Hack Dibner Final Competition (pitches to judges)

Note that the competition begins and ends with two events, both on Fridays.  All written deliverables are due on Mondays.

Workshop Dates:

  • Friday, Oct 15                       –   Project Management
  • Friday, Oct 22                       –   Research & methods for people & spaces          
  • Week of Oct 25                     –   Literature Review
  • Week of Nov 29                     –   Pitching & Presenting your Idea

Note that most workshop dates are loosely scheduled as "week of" at the start of the competition.  We recognize that people have different schedules and so we will work with enrolled contestants to schedule workshops on a day, time, and modality (in person or Zoom) that works best for you and your team.


Grand Prize - $500

Runner up Prize - $250

Prizes will be split equally among all members of the team.  Prizes are subject to the terms and conditions of the contest.

Additional Incentives

  • Winning teams will be profiled on the Tandon website and in the NYU Libraries website.  These are great resume-boosters!
  • Meet faculty and learn about current research on campus
  • Practice developing and pitching a solution to a real world problem
  • Your Hack Dibner proposal might serve as the basis of your future capstone, thesis, or patent!