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Hack Dibner

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


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

Unless otherwise specified, all Hack Dibner events and workshops take place in Dibner Library, 4th floor, room LC433.  If your team has a conflict and cannot attend an event or workshop, please email and the Hack Dibner mentors will work with you to schedule a make-up session.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, September 15: Kickoff Event
  • Friday, September 22: Initial concept due
  • Monday, November 6: Draft written proposals due
  • Monday, November 20: Final written proposals due
  • Friday, December 1: Hack Dibner Final Competition (pitches to judges)

Workshop and Check-in Dates (on Zoom):

  • Friday, September 29: Getting Started with Hack Dibner: Ideation, Project Management, Resources
  • Friday, October 6: Measuring and Evaluating User Experience      
  • Friday, October 13: Making a Case for Impact and Feasibility
  • Week of October 16: Mid-semester check-in with Mentors
  • Friday, November 17: Pitching & Presenting your Idea
  • Week of November 27: Practicing your Pitch with Mentors

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!