Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality / Gaming Hackathon

April 16 – 17th, 2016

The promise of augmented and virtual reality has been long in coming, and the technology has finally reached a level where broad applications are now possible. From entertainment through gaming and video to new user interfaces and data visualization, we’re hacking solutions for 32 hours to find new applications and approaches. Join us!



Originality - 20%

How original is the idea? Is it completely new and unique, or is it similar to something else? We LOVE new ideas and concepts!

Execution - 20%

How well did the team translate the idea into reality over the course of the hackathon?

Demo – 20%

Can the team convince the judges that theirs should reign supreme? The demo is where the team can prove their solution has what it takes!

Multidisciplinary – 20%

Solutions that tap a wide range of talent, expertise and diverse backgrounds have an advantage in the judging process.

WOW Factor – 20%

Knock us OUT with your brilliant solution! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


9:00am – Doors open at Tech Valley Center of Gravity, participants check-in
10:00am – Opening Ceremony and Orientation
10:30am – Pitches and Team Formation – Hacking Begins!
1:00pm – Lunch
3:00pm – Unconference Session 1
5:00pm – Unconference Session 2
7:00pm – Dinner

12:00am – Midnight Snack
7:30am – Breakfast
12:00pm – Lunch
2:00pm – Hacking Ends – Demos begin
3:45pm – Demos & Judging end
4:00pm – Awards and Closing Ceremonies


1.What platforms are going to be used at the Hackathon?

We’re hardware & software agnostic, and want to see what you can do with whatever platform you want to work with.

2.What should we bring?

We will have a few Virtual Reality stations with headsets provided by RPI Gaming Simulation Arts & Sciences Dept along with our sponsors, but hackers are strongly encouraged to bring their own hardware and software to work with!

Also, if you think you’ll need a nap as the red bull fails you, bringing an air mattress and pillow might be a good call!


Looking for more information on Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality & Gaming applications and devices? We’ve gathered some resources (by no means exhaustive) which we hope will be helpful for teams and individuals prepping for the Hackathon! If there is a resource you think we should add to this page, please contact hackathon@tvcog.net

Open Source

Open Source Virtual Reality –  Creating an open software and hardware platform for Virtual Reality applications.


Google Cardboard – The lowest cost point of entry to the virtual reality space. Hundreds of vendors provide the viewer, including Daydream.io.

Oculus Rift – Pioneers in the consumer VR space, there will be a few DK1 and DK2 units available at the hackathon.

Software Platforms

Unity – One of the leading game engines with strong VR support.


Need a place to crash during the hackathon? We recommend  Franklin Square Best Western , which is a few short blocks from the Tech Valley Center of Gravity.  We have negotiated a special event rate of $134/night for Friday, Jan 29th and Saturday, Jan 30th. You can get the discounted rate by mentioning “Center of Gravity Hackathon” when you make the reservation.

Address & Contact Info:

One Fourth Street, Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (866) 708-2233 · (518) 274-8800
Fax (518) 274-0427
Email: info@franklinsquareinn.com

Please note that capacity at Franklin Square is limited and is expected to be fill soon, so please consider making your reservation as soon as possible!