Hack@CEWIT is the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT)’s inaugural region-wide, interdisciplinary student hackathon focusing on industry-relevant internet of things (IoT) and microservices challenges to advance enterprising, student-powered software solutions in the Center’s 100,000 s.f., next-generation research and education facility at Stony Brook University.

Hack@CEWIT is a 43-hour hack over President’s Day Weekend 2017 featuring an interactive speaker series, hands-on, deep-dive workshops, industry hacker guru programs games, multimedia experiences, and opportunities for recruitment with top industry prizes for the most intuitive, most learning (0-100), most original, and most ambitious IoT hacks.

A Lab to Marketplace Approach: Hack@CEWIT is designed in conjunction with our core industry partners, sponsors, and member entrepreneurs to select scenarios that will have a direct, real-world application to their product portfolios. 


Open to: Stony Brook University, Long Island, and NYC Colleges and Universities: Undergraduate and Graduate Students. Max 4 per team, 150 total hackers. Stony Brook University students will be given top priority to participate in Hack@CEWIT.

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$5,000 in prizes

Top-Tier: Cream of the crop

MLH powered by Dell and Windows medals

Most Innovative: Easy out-of-the-box

(of a product, idea, etc.) featuring new methods; advanced and original.

Most Ambitious: A for effort

having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed.

Most Original: Move fast, break things

present or existing from the beginning; first or earliest.

Entrepreneur's Choice: Identify a need, any need, and fill it

the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.

Entrepreneurship, at its core, is a mindset, a way of thinking and acting. It is about imagining new ways to solve problems and create value. Successful entrepreneurs on the Hack@CEWIT judging panel will make their pick of the project that best aligns with this vision.

Most Health-Conscious: Tech for Healthcare's Sake

health-con·scious adjective having an active interest in one's health.

Health Tech, or digital health, is the use of technology (databases, applications, mobiles, wearables) to improve the delivery, payment, and/or consumption of healthcare.

Softheon's Pick: Most Significant Use of Softheon APIs

Hack@CEWIT host sponsor, Softheon, takes their pick of the hack that exhibits the most significant use of Softheon payment, identity, and/or data services API.

1010data’s Pick: Most Significant Use of Data

Hack@CEWIT sponsor, 1010data, takes their pick of the hack that exhibits the most significant and intuitive use of data, empowering data insights. Prize: 1010data Sponsored Hardware

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Have a brilliant idea for a web site? You'll also need a domain name to go with it! MLH's pick of the domain name that stands above the others. Prize: Domain.com Swag Bags

Best Use of Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services offers a suite of cloud-computing services that make up an on-demand computing platform. MLH's pick of the best use of AWS. Prize: $250 in AWS Credit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Eugene Sayan

Eugene Sayan
Founder & CEO, Softheon Inc.

Derek Peterson

Derek Peterson
Founder & CEO, Digital Fly; VP of Software and Business Development, Intelligent Product Solutions (IPS)

Michael Gouzman

Michael Gouzman
CTO, Center for Advanced Technology in Diagnostic Tools and Sensor Systems (SensorCAT), Stony Brook University

Genevieve Hoffman

Genevieve Hoffman
Creative Researcher, The Office for Creative Research, Brooklyn Research;

Jason Vail

Jason Vail
IoT Solutions Specialist, Cisco Systems Inc.

Yun Zhang

Yun Zhang
Founder & CEO, Mobileware Inc.

Paul Murcott

Paul Murcott
Sr. Principal Product Manager, Accelerator East,, CA Technologies

Ryan Burda

Ryan Burda
Developer, 1010data

Michael Caplan

Michael Caplan
Development Manager, Dental Lab Software Division and the Global Innovation Center, Henry Schein, Inc.

Judging Criteria

  • Hack@CEWIT Judging
    Hack@CEWIT will evaluate projects on metrics centered around innovation, originality, creativity, and entrepreneurial ambitiousness, as well as application to real-world product portfolios.
  • Criteria I: Innovation
    Innovation - The most innovative apps are new concepts that solve a problem in a unique way with new features.
  • Criteria II: User Interface / User Experience
    User Interface / User Experience - The best apps are intuitive, visually appealing, and designed for the intended user.
  • Criteria III: Overall Quality
    Overall Quality - The best apps are aligned with system design and software engineering best practices and are well polished.
  • Criteria IV: Technical Complexity
    Technical Complexity - The best apps have a sophisticated design.
  • Criteria V: Quality of Pitch / Project Impact
    Quality of Pitch / Project Impact - The best apps have a clear business potential or broad impact (e.g., social, educational, etc.).

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