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Hack-o-ween: Civic Tech Buildathon

IRL 3-day hackathon from Oct 26-28th activating the local NY area through civic tech & public goods.

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Hack-o-ween: Civic Tech Buildathon

Hack-o-ween: Civic Tech Buildathon is a three day hackathon focused on activating the local New York area with the support of Hackbox. The goal is to foster the understanding of NYC problems, and create tangible improvements of residents’ lives through innovative solutions centered around blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, open data, education, financial literacy, health, environment, and more. 

When: October 26th- 28th

Where: 2307 Broadway (Bitcoin Center), New York

Note: There will be an IRL Prep on Thursday, October 19th at 7pm. Register here: https://lu.ma/hackoweenprep

Event Organizers:

We are Liberty DAO, a collaborative support system for builders (developers, creators, educators, founders) doing work with the local New York community. The mission is to empower New Yorkers to reclaim ownership over their digital identity, enhance authentic physical connections, increase financial and technical literacy, fuel civic collaboration, and prepare for the next generation of technological evolution by educating and building/using tools on the open web like the Blockchain Operating System (BOS) and more.

NEAR NYC is the official NEAR Protocol community of NYC that emphasizes IRL technical, educational, and social gatherings. NEAR is a collective, a foundation, and a development platform built on a new layer-one blockchain. Through simple, secure, and scalable technology, NEAR empowers millions to invent and explore new experiences. Business, creativity, and community are being reimagined for a more sustainable and inclusive future. Learn more at https://near.org/ and check out the NYC community at https://linktr.ee/nearnyc


I.  Engage leaders and professionals of diverse backgrounds to collaborate on solving problems that concern NY.

II.  Garner a mindset rooted in practicality, emphasizing real-world applications as the driving force.

III. Build prototypes or MVPs that solve real-world problems in the realm of public goods.

IV. Validate market demand and user engagement for civic tech solutions.

V.  Provide a platform for learning, networking, and future partnerships.


Community and cause engagement: designs that incentivize bringing people together virtually but especially IRL to care about improving aspects of their local neighborhoods.

Environmental sustainability: Solutions for a cleaner, more pedestrian friendly, nature-immersed, and less polluted New York. 

Housing, Transportation, and Urban Development: Tools to deal with rising housing uncertainty and food insecurity.

Education and Financial Inclusion/Literacy: Enhance access to knowledge for communities, especially underrepresented ones, to support themselves emotionally, mentally, and financially. 


Our audience will be a mix of local leaders and web2 and web3 builders who want to evolve local support systems, with emphasis on including marginalized populations.


  • An MVP (Minimum Viable Product) or working prototype of the solution.
  • A presentation or video summarizing the problem, solution, and future possibilities.
  • Documentation outlining the technical architecture, user flow, and future roadmap.