Registration for the 2019
ELC Hackathon is now open!


Please bring your own laptops and have any tools or software needed to be successful (e.g., to plan, design, develop, present) already installed. Wi-Fi will be provided.


All meals and snacks will be provided by The Estée Lauder Companies to keep the creativity flowing!

Hack for Good

Develop a technology solution that promotes and/or enhances the socially-conscious practices of The Estée Lauder Companies' (ELC) Brands.

How would you like to develop a technology solution that promotes general welfare through socially-conscious practices for ELC's Brands? Or develop a new technology for one of ELC’s brands to increase consumer engagement with connected charities who already perform these actions?

Well, here is your chance to make a difference. Some examples...

Sustainability – Leverage blockchain technologies to authenticate sources (e.g., ingredients and packaging) and provide transparency to consumers.

Social Responsibility – Create awareness and raise funds for important causes such as The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, MAC AIDS Fund, La Mer Blue Oceans Fund, etc.

Bring your unique point of view to identify new and untapped opportunities. Be creative in solving unmet needs through the application of gamification, predictive analytics, augmented reality and more.

Why Participate?

  • Expand your network of peers and industry professionals.
  • Immerse yourself in a growing and dynamic industry.
  • Get to know The Estée Lauder Companies’ people, brands and products.
  • Build your technical and problem-solving skills, while having fun and winning prizes.
  • Create a lasting impact on ELC and the world.

2018 Winners


  • Best in Show - Student
  • Best Proof of Concept
  • Google Cloud Award

4 Spaces Not Tabs!

  • Best in Show - Professional
  • Best Design
  • Google Cloud Award

The Avengers

  • Best Innovation
  • Microsoft Excellence Award

Beauty Reflections

  • HCL ML/AI Award
  • Microsoft Excellence Award


  • Microsoft Excellence Award


  • Each team must consist of 3-6 members above the age of 18.
  • All team members must be able to attend the full two-day Hackathon event in-person in Long Island City.
  • Teams will be mentored by ELC coaches.
  • All work related to the Hackathon should be completed onsite at ELC’s Long Island City office.
  • Teams can use an idea they had before the event that will help innovate the problem statement as long as they do not re-use code from their previous idea.
  • Adding new features to existing projects is allowed. Judges will only consider new functionality introduced or new features added during the Hackathon to determine the winners.
  • Teams can use libraries, frameworks or open-source code in their projects.
  • Once time is called, teams must stop hacking. Teams are not allowed to make any changes or add new features during judging.
  • To be eligible for travel stipends and/or cash prizes, participant must have a Social Security Number (SSN) or Tax Identification Number (TIN).
  • All Hackathon participants must agree to the Privacy Policy and Confidentiality Release and Waiver.


What is a Hackathon?
The Oxford dictionary defines a Hackathon as “an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming." During a Hackathon, people with technical and business backgrounds come together to collaboratively solve a problem from scratch. These unique solutions generally result in websites or mobile apps.
How long is the Hackathon?
The event will run from noon ET on Friday, October 11th through 9:00 pm ET on Saturday, October 12th.
Will travel stipends be provided?
Yes, $50 travel stipends will be provided to those who are eligible.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a student or non-ELC technology professional.
  • Must have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Tax Identification Number (TIN).
  • Must have traveled outside a radius of 75 miles from your registered school or work address to The Estée Lauder Companies' Long Island City Technology Hub (27-01 Queens Plaza North, Long Island City, NY 11101).

Participants should apply for the travel stipend on-site during check-in on Friday, October 11th. The following documents will be required for the application and stipend disbursement:

  • College ID or Proof of work address.
  • Receipt(s) of travel expenses.
Do I need to stay for the entire event?
Yes. Any Hacker that leaves the premises during the event will not be allowed to re-enter and will be disqualified.
What coding languages can I use?
Whatever you would like!
Will I have a mentor/coach during the event?
Yes, there will be coaches availables with deep knowledge of ELC. Coaches can answer questions about the company and help foster ideas, but are not allowed to code!
Do I need to have a team?
No. If you already have a team when registering, great! If not, that's fine, too! We will be hosting an Idea Jam at the start of the event to group all Hackers into teams of 3-6.
Will food be provided?
Tons — come hungry!
What if I have dietary restrictions?
We will accommodate all dietary restrictions. Please be sure to let us know of any restrictions you may have when registering.
Will there be access to showers?
There is no access to showers in the building.
Will judging criteria be published in advance?
Yes, all Hackers will receive a copy of judging criteria prior to the event.
When will I receive final event info?
The final ELC Hackathon agenda and event details will be emailed to all registered Hackers and posted to ELCHackathon.com.
How can I become a sponsor?
Email us at elchackathon@estee.com.