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The Feast is hosting a civic hardware hackathon in tandem with the annual conference to bring together hardware-focused innovators working on existing projects around city resiliency and disaster preparedness. Two years after Hurricane Sandy, the communities of Red Hook, Brooklyn are still recovering and adapting. The Feast is partnering with local businesses and first responders to pilot potential hardware solutions.

Technologists and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to test their project in the Red Hook community and get their work into the hands of local stakeholders, gathering insight and feedback in order to refine their prototypes into useable tools. All projects will have an open source element, which emergency responders can deploy at little or no cost.

Participants will have the opportunity to connect with potential mentors and partners including The White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Intel, Microsoft, IDEO, The Rockefeller Foundation, IKEA, Sparkfun, 3D Systems, The Red Hook Initiative, Do Good Bus and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to prototype their projects in the field, to present on the conference stage, and engage with attendees of The Feast community, a brilliant group of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Applications now closed — if you would like to support the teams, please attend the conference! 

Special Maker Partner


As the Maker Talent Partner, Intel is partnering with The Feast to invite the best and brightest technical innovators to bring their skills to the table at The Feast Conference and Hardware Hackathon.

For engineers, developers, and makers of all kinds, Intel’s support will underwrite the attendance of 20 leading participants to put their skills and perspectives toward challenges ranging from resilience and disaster preparedness to the future of work. These participants will attend The Feast complements of Intel and their stories shared via interviews and more. Because the future is what you make of it.


7-10pm Opening Night Party at 501 Union for Hackathon + Conference Attendees

9-11:45am @Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, for breakfast/ welcome + IDEO design team workshop

11:45am Boarding bus to go to NYC Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM)
*attendees must have previously submitted information. Those not on visitor list will stay at Pioneer Works for Resilience Talks and meet the group at Red Hook Initiative on their own.

12-1:45pm @NYC OEM 165 Cadman Plaza East: tour of Emergency Operations Center + feedback on ReadyNYC app, post-disaster urban housing prototype, hackathon projects

1:45pm Boarding bus to go to Red Hook Initiative 767 Hicks St, Brooklyn NY – field validation, feedback, iteration, testing

2-2:45pm @RHI Warm up discussion with Red Hook Initiative Local Leaders
2:45-4pm Field validation, feedback, iteration, testing (multiple nearby locations based on project technical requirements)
4:15-4:45pm Shareout/ discussion at Red Hook Initiative

~5pm Back @Pioneer Works – Reflection + Preparing for Saturday Pitches
6-8pm Reception/ Open Hackathon Studio at Pioneer Works
8-12 midnight Open Hackathon Studio at Pioneer Works

9-10am Breakfast and practice pitches
10-11am On Stage Hackathon Pitch presentations
11-1pm Hackathon Studio Time
1-2:30pm Lunch Break
2:30-6pm Open Hackathon Studio Time for Feedback. Video recording of teams’ outcome stories
6-7pm Closing keynote of conference
7-8pm Feast Worldwide Dinner with Science Fair style presentation of Hackathon products
8pm-Midnight Feast Fest After Party open to public, opportunity to keep Science Fair table as long as you want

***If you are a mentor, please tell us about your expertise when you register.

For mentors who may not be able to attend the full 2 days, please tell us when you plan to attend when you register.
A special thanks to Intel as our Maker Talent Partner for underwriting the cost of your participation in the hackathon and conference.