Hammilton’s 24-Hour Hackathon A Major Success


More than two dozen youth from across Central Brooklyn gathered for the first part of a 24-Hour Hackathon and Youth Tech Challenge presented by Central Brooklyn State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Blue 1647 hosted at the Nigerian American Muslim Integrated Community in Prospect Heights.

The students, aged 12-17, were challenged to design and create an app in 24 hours under the instruction of Blue 1647 trainers. Student presentations took place on Sunday morning. It was moving to see these Brooklyn youth come together in just 24 hours.

Partnering in the event was Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Assembly Members Diana Richardson (Crown Heights, Lefferts Gardens), and Latrice Walker (Brownsville), and City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo (Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights), the Nigerian American Muslim Integrated Community, CAMBA, Light the World Foundation, Google, Cablevision, Con Edison, the Mac Support Store, Golden Krust Bakery, Tropical Paradise Restaurant and Bakery of East Flatbush.


Students  learning the importance of mind mapping.


We had a great turnout of local kids in Brooklyn’s first 24-hour Hackaton. Blue1647 is a fantastic partner in bringing tech education to our youth.


Our youth have a voice,  we are so proud our Hackathon gave them a chance to show their ideas using tech.


Coding is collaborative. These Brooklyn kids showed their leadership though teamwork at our Hackathon.

Blue1647, Senator Hamilton and Hackathon Judges: Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, District Leader Geoffrey Davis, Renee Collymore, Alicka Ampry from the Office of Assemblywoman Latrice Walker and Kathleen Daniel from the Office of Borough President Eric Adams.


These youth will solve problems we adults can’t. Thank you Blue1647 for giving them the tools at our Hackathon.


Senator Hamilton and members of the winning Hackathon team


A big thank you to Blue1647, they traveled from Chicago to New York with the goal of teaching young Brooklynites about coding


Thank you to Shakira Kazeem, the President of the Nigerian American Muslim Integrated Community for hosting the Hackathon


One of the best parts of the Hackathon was Senator Hamilton learning that two of the Blue1647 instructors are members of his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi. These innovative young men came from Chicago and Baltimore to spend 24 hours with young Brooklynites teaching them how to solve complex problems through coding and app development.

#Blue1647 #Brooklyn #Hackathon forging through the night with staff instructors providing guidance.