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June 24 - 26, 2016

Hack Red Hook is a 48-hour hardware hackathon at Pioneer Works that addresses neighborhood challenges through interactive hardware solutions.

Teams comprised of technologists, community planners, designers, engineers, and artists of all ages will be presented with local challenges identified by the young adults in Pioneer Works’ Civic Journalism program. Over the course of the weekend, teams will develop creative solutions to these challenges by building smart, connected hardware installations in libraries, community centers, and public spaces.

Prizes will be awarded for the best hacks, and the resulting projects will be implemented throughout the Red Hook community. Participation is free.

Register on Devpost here.


Friday 06.24

6pm to Midnight

Introduction, team formation, ideation

Saturday 06.25

10am to Midnight*

Hacking, developing, building
*Pioneer Works will be open and staffed (including fabricators) overnight

Sunday 06.26

10am to 4pm

4pm — deadline for entries
5pm — judging
6pm — winner announcements, celebration


Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn

About Pioneer Works

Sign Up

How to Participate

Participation is free! Sign up here.

Register on Devpost here.

See the rules for eligibility.

What's Provided


  • Raspberry pi
  • LCD screen/LED panel
  • LiPo Battery
  • Solar Panel
  • Waterproof Clear Enclosure
  • GSM and/or WiFi enabled Microcontroller
  • Soldering stations with basic hardware and prototyping components


  • Free access to IoT APIs for your projects
  • Wood and metal fabrication
  • Laser cutting and etching
  • Vinyl cutting
  • 3D printing
  • $100 hardware store credit

The Rules


*** These rules are subject to change, please check Devpost for the most updated information on submission guidelines and prizes***

This is a hackathon, not a science fair. Please do not bring in any pre-built projects. Participants are encouraged to bring materials to use in their creations, but all entries must be designed and built on-site. Teams may form beforehand or form at the event on Friday night.

We encourage designers to submit creations that will benefit and/or solve the problems of the places listed in our categories, but we acknowledge some ideas fall outside of our categories so all projects will be considered eligible for prizes.

Projects must adhere to local law and all installations must be zero-impact. Harm to neighborhood infrastructure will result in disqualification from judging. Supplies will be provided to aid in temporary installation.

No power tools may be used other than those provided. We have people on staff to provide fabrication services (soldering irons and hand tools are OK).


Hackers of all ages are invited to participate! Hackers under 18 years old must provide parental/guardian permission through a permission form. All entrants must also sign a participation waiver upon check-in.

The Prizes

The projects designed and developed at Hack Red Hook will benefit specific needs in the community. Your inventions will be placed in and around these locations. All designs should be centered around solving the problems faced by the community of Red Hook. All inventions will be judged together, but no category will be privileged above another.

Overall Prizes

  • 1st prize: $1,000 value, announced at event
  • 2nd prize: $500 value, announced at event

In addition to the 1st and 2nd place prizes for overall best hacks, category prizes will also be awarded to the best hacks related to the following topics:

  • Red Hook Initiative
  • Red Hook Library
  • J4K: Just 4 Kicks
  • Public Transportation
  • Environmental

Judging Criteria

  • Relevance to neighborhood needs
  • Ingenuity and resourcefulness
  • Sustainability and scalability

The Blog

The Hack Red Hook blog is maintained by the Digital Stewards on Medium in the months leading up to the hackathon. Visit the blog


All hackathons are different, but generally what they have in common is that people get together for a short period of time, come up with an idea, and make it happen. It could be a building a physical object, creating an interactive website or app, or coming up with creative solutions to challenges in the community.

On Friday evening at 6 p.m, participants will gather at Pioneer Works to be introduced to the program and the community challenges that the hackathon seeks to address. Pioneer Works staff will work with participants to form teams, and then, together, staff will work with the teams to brainstorm ideas and project possibilities. On Saturday, teams will work to develop and build their ideas. By Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., team projects should be ready for installation throughout Red Hook. Later than evening, prizes will be awarded to the best projects. And then we celebrate!

Anyone! If you are into technology and have an interest in community-based projects, please join us. We want to ensure that participants possess a variety of skills, so please fill out this form and let us know a little bit about you.

No. We want everyone to have an equal playing field at the event, so we ask teams to come up with new ideas together. All projects must be designed and built on-site.

By Train: take the F or G train to Smith & 9th St. Pioneer Works is a 15 minute walk from here. By Bus: take the B61 bus to Van Brunt St./Verona St. (or the B57 to Lorraine St./Otsego St.)

Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY