Hackathon Theme: Back to In-Person

Event participants will come together in a learning-first-minded event, to create tools that will help us transition back to pre-pandemic life. With restrictions on social activities largely lifted in New York City, we anticipate the coming school year to bring us a little closer to pre-2020. 


Main Requirement: 

Build the first iteration of your project that facilitates the transition back to in-person learning, work, and socializing.

  • An exercise in learning - the pursuit of knowledge, risk-taking, and code integrity is rewarded as opposed to merely delivering a clean product. 

  • Must be in a team with at least 3 people and at most 4 people.  

  • Use Discord (invite link privately sent) to communicate with your teammates for the duration of the Hackathon.

  • Hackers are not allowed to use projects they have already worked on previously to the event.



  • Hackers can create any type of project, as long as it is relevant to the hackathon’s theme: Back to In-Person.

  • Back to In-Person refers to the transitioning from working from home or attending school from home to pre-pandemic life. As such, projects should revolve around creating tools that will help people transition back to pre-pandemic life.

  • Hackers can compete for categories listed on our DevPost.

  • Projects can be geared toward web development, mobile development, and data science.

  • Hackers should also be able to answer the question: “How does my project relate to the theme?”

  • Projects do not have to be deployed. If the project is not deployed, please provide instructions on how to run it locally.

  • Example project ideas:

    • Movie Recommendation/Planning App

    • Group Restaurant Planning App

    • Educational Game to Supplement Learning in the Classroom

    • Choose Your Own Adventure Game (with stories relevant to transitioning back to pre-pandemic life)



  • Hackers have from August 23rd, 2021 to August 27th, 2021, 12:15 PM EDT to work on and submit their projects.

  • Hackers are free to continue working on their projects after the hackathon ends.



  • Teams must submit their projects on our DevPost by August 27th, 2021, 12:15 PM EDT for them to be judged.

  • Please submit a link to the project’s GitHub repository and/or deployed website.

  • Please provide a slide deck (PowerPoint/Canva, etc.) or a video that showcases your project.


** Each team can only win one prize 

Hackathon Sponsors


$820 in prizes

Robinhood Swag

water bottle

LinkedIn Premium Membership

One full year of LinkedIn Premium membership.

Airbnb Swag

selected items from:

Wool laptop sleeve
Spiral notebook
Airbnb socks & beanie
Bento box
A couple t-shirts
Insulated water bottle
Reusable straws

Cedar Health Swag

Selection of swag from our partners at Cedar Health

Lyft Gift Card

Affirm Gift Card

Digital gift card from Loop and Tie

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jean Pena

Jean Pena
CTP Alumnus

Sam Mundle

Sam Mundle
CTP Alumnus

Shahzoda Davlatova

Shahzoda Davlatova
CTP Alumna

Kahlil Adamson
Senior TechOps Engineer / Cedar

Jodi Chao
Chief of Staff, Technology / Cedar

Nicholas Lee

Nicholas Lee

Mush Khan

Mush Khan

Akbar Mirza

Judging Criteria

  • Relevance to Theme
    Project is relevant to the theme of facilitating in-person learning, working, and socializing in a post-pandemic society.
  • Innovation of Solution
    Scale and novelty of the technology being used, and/or the architectural approach taken.
  • Quality of Implementation
    Ability for the team to reach a conclusion about the viability of the project.
  • Quality of Presentation
    Ability for the judges to clearly understand (1) what the desired functionality is, and (2) see that the functionality is behaving as expected.
  • Team Collaboration
    Team shows evidence of good collaboration through project presentation, devision of labor, etc.
  • Learning Forward Approach
    Team shows evidence that they challenged themselves to make building this project a learning experience.
  • Nominate for Best Front End
  • Nominate for Best Back End
  • Nominate for SWE Best Practices Award
  • Nominate for Data Science Award
  • Honorable Mention

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