Annual hackathon event to feature sustainability innovations

WHAT: 450 college students from across the Northeast will showcase innovative sustainability projects at 2016 ‘Big Red Hacks!’ event on Cornell campus

WHEN: Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. through Sept. 18 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Hacking will take place in Physical Sciences Building, closing ceremony Sunday in Kennedy Hall’s Call Auditorium

MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-254-4799 or

ITHACA, N.Y. – What do you get when you put 450 innovative college students together with technology for three days? Some really cool and innovative projects from ‘Big Red Hacks!’

On September 16, 17 and 18, students from across the Northeast will gather to make new products that are judged on creativity, technical difficulty, aesthetics, potential and demonstration. This year’s theme is sustainability. Student organizers Junia George, Matthew Hsu, and Austin Liu are instrumental in bringing a hackathon culture to Cornell and for motivating students to come up with new ideas and then create them.

Overview of timeline for the weekend:

Friday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m. – Hacking officially begins on the first floor of Physical Sciences Building

Saturday, Sept. 17, All day – Students work on projects in Physical Sciences Building

Sunday, Sept. 18, 9 to 11 a.m. – Expo of all the projects in Physical Sciences Building

Sunday, Sept. 18, 12 to 2 p.m. – Winning teams and top projects will be awarded at the closing ceremony in Kennedy Hall’s Call Auditorium.

Admission and food is free for all participants thanks to over 24 sponsors for Big Red Hacks, including the CIS Computer Science Department.

Daryl Lovell
office: 607-254-4799
cell: 607-592-3925

Cornell University has television, ISDN and dedicated Skype/Google+ Hangout studios available for media interviews.