Saturday, March 11 • 10:30 AM – 7 PM

For Teens Ages 14-19

What's a TKU Hackathon?

Hackathons provide a venue for critical thinking, creativity, and self-expression through technology. We will be ‘hacking on’ projects which help make sense of today’s digital media landscape.

Fake news is a growing problem where people receive misinformation online around current events. Teens will brainstorm and create projects to address this problem. We want our teens to become savvy media consumers who think for themselves!

Event Details

  • NYU Tandon School of Engineering 2 MetroTech Center Brooklyn, NY 11201

  • Saturday March 11, 2017 from 10:30 am - 7 pm

  • The hackathon is $20. (Financial Aid available)

  • No technology experience needed!

  • We will provide food, prizes, and more for this event!

  • There will be social workers, tech counselors, and tech teachers to help all of our teens.

  • Full Schedule: Download

*If just out of the 14-19 age range, exceptions may be made. Please contact about this or any other questions.

MetroTech center map


This event is located at 2 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201. It is centrally located, close to many major subway stops, and just a couple stops away from Manhattan.


A C F R train to Jay St MetroTech

2 3 4 5 train to Borough Hall (walk one block East to Willoughby Street and make a left onto Jay Street)

Q B train to Dekalb Avenue (walk two blocks North toward Manhattan Bridge and make a left onto Myrtle Avenue into MetroTech)

How Do I Know if My Teen is Right for the TKU Hackathon?

The Tech Kids Unlimited Hackathon is designed for teens ages 14-19 years of age who have been diagnosed with learning and emotional disabilities such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, OCD, Executive Processing and Dyslexia.  Students don’t need any previous tech knowledge to attend.  TKU students usually attend private schools for students with disabilities, are home-schooled, go to non-public schools as well as the NYC Department of Education’s ASD NEST program.  Most students have an IEP or a 504 Plan.  Students should be able to function in a classroom-like environment and work mostly independently.  We understand that TKU students will need additional help and support, and we have staff to make sure they can succeed.  At this time, we cannot accommodate non-verbal students. If you have further questions about finding out if Tech Kids Unlimited is the right program for your child, please email:

TKU Hackathon Comedians and Journalists

Journalists and comedians will be in attendance to break down fake news for our teens!

Hasan Minhaj Headshot

Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer in New York. He is a correspondent on the Emmy and Peabody award-winning program ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’. His critically acclaimed one man show ‘Homecoming King’ recently returned Off-Broadway after a sold-out run in 2015. A 2014 Just For Laughs ‘New Face’, he was selected by the Sundance Institute to develop his solo show and feature film at the prestigious New Frontier Storytelling Lab. A featured storyteller for The Moth his work has garnered acclaim in film, web, and television. He hosted the documentary special ‘Stand Up Planet’ produced by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His viral web series ‘The Truth with Hasan Minhaj’ has been featured in countless publications including The Huffington Post, Gawker, and New York Times. He has been seen on a variety of other television programs including Arrested Development on Netflix, HBO’s Getting On, and @Midnight on Comedy Central.

Amanda Holpech Headshot

Amanda Holpuch is a reporter at The Guardian's New York office. She's responsible for pitching, reporting and writing daily and enterprise stories about North America. She's run dozens of live blogs, hopped on planes to cover breaking news event and written features from Mexico and Canada – and everywhere in-between. She's particularly interested in stories about tech, health, religion and culture.

Nore Davis Headhshot

Nore Davis, the young refreshing face of comedy, delivers an energetic performance filled with witty quips and sharp punch lines, combined with an amazing stage presence. Edgy and clean, Nore tells it like it is, speaking to audiences everywhere. Nore's credits include Boardwalk Empire, Inside Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Ours to Own Campaign on, two appearances on Gotham Comedy Live, nickmom Night Out, and The Ruckus.

Ken Brown Headshot

Ken Brown is the editor of Heard on the Street and a senior columnist at The Wall Street Journal. He oversees a staff of 15 reporters who produce sophisticated analysis of business, markets and the economy. His column is a provocative look at the global financial system.

Jeff Mays Headshot

Jeff Mays is a writing contributor at NewsOne. He was formerly a writer for DNAInfo covering politics. Previously he was a reporter for The Star-Ledger of New Jersey where he covered Newark City Hall and Mayor Cory Booker. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Jeff was named The Star-Ledger's Dee Murphy reporter of the year, the paper's highest honor, the Garden State Association of Black Journalists reporter of the year and is the recipient of national reporting awards from the National Association of Black Journalists. Mays was also named an IRE fellow.


Nore Davis speaking at the 2017 Hackahton
Hasan Minaj Speaking at the 2017 Hackathon
Students at the 2017 Hackathon Presenting Their Work
Students at the 2017 Hackathon Presenting their work
Hasan Minaj Speaking at the 2017 Hackathon
Students at the 2017 Hackathon Working
Students at the 2017 Hackathon
Students at the 2017 Hackathon
Hackathon 2017 Panel Speakers
Hackathon 2017 Panel
Hackathon 2017 Schedule

Want to send out our Hackathon flyer to teens, friends, educators, and more? Download our flyer HERE.