The AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge is a two month virtual hackathon for WNY's most talented computer scientists, software developers and hardware engineers to build products that have the potential to benefit the local community.

Partners Include:

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AT&T and its partners aim to unite developers in the greater WNY region to develop mobile apps serving community needs while demonstrating how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment.

$18,000 in prizes

Participants are encouraged to collaborate with technologists, designers, entrepreneurs, engineers, advocates, community service professionals and anyone else with a passion for innovation and a love of the WNY region.


All civic themed apps are welcome. This includes apps started at the outset of the competition, or projects begun before. Submissions cannot be apps that are publicly launched prior to the competition launch.

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Developers are encouraged to leverage and contribute to public data sets and APIs available on Github:



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All #ATTWNY participants are welcome to use d!g's coworking space, free of charge, throughout the event's duration! Space is available Monday thru Friday, from 9 AM to 5 PM.


Kickoff Event

Wednesday, September 10th

11:00 AM

  • Open to the public

Opportunities in Open Data

A Civic App Symposium

Saturday, September 27th

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • Open to the public

Submissions Deadline

Monday, November 10th

11:59 PM

  • Deadline for online submissions via Hacker League

Demos / Awards

Thursday, December 4th

10:30 AM

  • Open to the public


Civic Requirement

Submissions must address challenges relevant to the Western New York region. All mobile-optimized applications are welcomed as part of the competition. This includes: native apps for iOS and Android, mobile-optimized web applications, and SMS/MMS apps. If you have questions about your project ideas, shoot us a line!

Team Requirement

One member of each team must be a resident or attend an institute of higher learning within one of the eight counties of Western New York (Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Wyoming, Genesee, Orleans, and Allegany).


Products must be submitted before 11:59pm November 10th via the Hacker League ‘Project’ submissions page.

Judging Criteria

  • Potential Impact on WNY (40%)
  • Execution (40%)
  • Creativity / Novelty (20%)

Note: All potential intellectual property belongs to the product teams.


Hon. Mark Grisanti

New York State Senator

Hon. Sean Ryan

New York State Assemblyman

Marissa Shorenstein

AT&T New York President

Michael Weiner

President & CEO - United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

Marnie LaVigne

President & CEO - Launch NY, Inc.

Martin Casstevens

Business Formation & Commercialization Manager - University at Buffalo’s Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach

Navpreet Jatana

Board Member - InfoTech Niagara / Enterprise Information Security Manager - Health Now

Dr. Reneta Barneva

Chair of the Computer & Information Science Department - SUNY Fredonia

Dan Magnuszewski

Managing Director - Z80 Labs Technology Incubator

Patrick Whalen

COO - Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC)

Andrew Nicklin

Director - Open NY

Joel Colombo

President - 360 PSG


Grand Prize ($10,00)

Created by Scott Falbo and Karl Newell, both from Amherst, N.Y. This is an iPhone app enabling families in Western New York to find information about facilities and services that matter to them, including schools, child care, recreational sites and more. Watch the demo.

2nd Place ($5,000)

Created by SUNY Fredonia and Buffalo State graduates Sarah Marcy (Amherst, N.Y.), Dan Wheeler (Jersey City, N.J.), Amber Marcy (Jersey City, N.J.) and Shana Marcy (Boonville, N.Y.). This iPhone app assists motorists traveling along New York’s Thruway system by providing information on traffic alerts, cameras, rest stops and Highway Advisory Radio messages. Watch the demo.

3rd Place ($3,000)

Created by Eileen Ruberto (Buffalo, N.Y.), Tim Nabzdyk (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) and Sarah Quinta (Buffalo, N.Y.), is a map-based mobile app that helps renters find valuable information about properties and their owners. The app makes it easy to identify places of interest and learn if a landlord is local, if there are recent 911 complaints to the unit or if it’s owned by a community housing group. Plus, the system links to 311 and district council members, so users can submit significant concerns directly to the city. Watch the demo.

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