How does this work? Can I still participate if I don’t have a team?

Each team consists of a maximum of 6 members. You can create a team and designate teammates during registration or you can register as an individual and be placed on a team with individuals with similar interests and diverse skills.


Friday Nov 9th & Saturday Nov 10th
Please bring your own laptops and have installed any tools or software that your team will need in order to be successful (e.g. plan, design, develop, present). Wi-Fi will be provided.
All meals and snacks will be provided by Estée Lauder Companies to keep the creativity flowing!


November 9th
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
Mixer / Idea Jam
2:00 pm
Opening Ceremony
3:30 pm
Hacking Begins
6:00 pm
November 10th
12:00 am
Mignight Munchies
7:00 am
12:00 pm
4:00 pm
Hacking Ends
4:30 pm
Judging Round 1
7:15 pm
Finalist Presentations
8:15 pm
9:00 pm
Shuttle Return to LIC


Over $30,000 worth of prizes to be awarded!

Grand Prizes
The Estée Lauder Companies will sponsor monetary awards for winning teams across each division: Student and Professional.

  • Best in show - $1,500 per team member
  • Best in Category (Design, Innovation, Proof of Concept) - $250 per team member
Microsoft Excellence Awards
  • Best incorporation of Microsoft technology
  • Xbox console or Cortana-enabled Harmon Kardon Speakers (per team member)
Google Technology Award
  • Best incorporation of Google Cloud or Firebase services.*
  • Google Home Mini (per team member)
    *Not restricted from combining Google Cloud / Firebase with solutions from other vendors.
AI Champs @ ELCHackathon
  • Best use of AI/ML technology
  • Apple Watch (per team member)


  • Each team consists of a maximum of 6 members. Teams can be comprised of any participants (students or technology professionals).
  • All team members must be able to attend the two-day Hackathon event in-person in Long Island City.
  • All participants are required to attend the event for the full duration.
  • 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 in determining 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.
  • All Hackathon participants must agree to the Privacy Policy and Confidentiality Release and Waiver.