On December 3 & 4th, leaders in NYC’s child welfare field, tech sector, government, non-profits, and other agents of change will come together to “hack” NYC foster care system’s most pressing challenges with the goal of improving the lives of 9,000 children & youth along with foster parents, and social workers.

The NYC Foster Care Technology & Policy Hackathon is a two-day event @ eBay New York, which will bring together leaders in NYC’s child welfare field, including youth along with the tech sector, government, non-profits, and other agents of change to develop innovative tech solutions like smartphone apps, social networking tools, and engaging digital resources. At the same time, youth will take the lead and identify ways to transform foster care policies.



On December 3 and 4, the tech and child welfare community will come together to #HackNYCFosterCare. Hacking teams will quickly develop solutions that will tackle 6 challenging issues facing youth, foster parents, and social workers.

Youth Challenges:
  • Peer to Peer Communication
  • Enhancing Youth Voice in Transition Plans
  • Speeding Up System Responses
Foster Parent Challenges:
  • Connecting Foster Parents Together
  • Recruiting Foster Parents
Social Worker Challenge:
  • Reaching and Communicating with Youth


Download the full challenges with more information.

Hackathon Sponsors


Prize to winning participant

Lunch with Commissioner Carrion of the Administration for Children’s Services

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Hackers have already been selected for the event but if anyone has questions on how to participate please email info@thinkof-us.org


Event Attendees

Event Attendees

Judging Criteria

  • N/A
    There will be no judging.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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