If you thought the first Kinect was cool, you aint seen nothing yet! The new Kinect for Windows v2 has all new technology and a more advanced SDK so you can build amazing projects that use gesture, body tracking, voice, and more. Games, business applications, usability software... whatever. You can create Kinect-enabled apps for desktop and Windows Store. You can also use Unity3D!

No matter if you're new to Kinect or an experienced developer, you're invited to show your chops and build something really cool at this event. We're gonna have a great competition with a bunch of talented hackers that you can work alongside of or throw down the gauntlet to. Plus... the MS Kinect for Windows team will be on site to provide support and to check-out what you can do.

So, come alone or come with your team, but don't pass up this cool opportunity to make something really special. We'd like to see some inter-college rivalries, but the event is open to anyone 18+ that wants to build greatness. Developers, UI Designers, Interaction Architects, UX Designers, Enthusiasts, are all welcome.

The top prize winning team (up to 5 members) will receive new (and as yet unreleased) Kinect v2's plus cash. Other winners receive cash.

All participants receive an event T-shirt, tasty catered meals, tech support, and the opportunity to make new friends and share good times in The Big Apple.

Hacking will go for 24 hours straight, followed by project presentations, judging, and the selection of winners.


This hackathon is open to people 18 years of age or older.

You can participate in the event as an individual or a team of up to 5 members. Registration is per person, but you will be asked to identify your team if you have one.

It's advised that if you are a developer, that you come to the event familiar with the Kinect device and API.

If you are other than a developer, it is advised that you understand what Kinect (a depth sensing camera) can do.



You and/or your team will create a demonstrable app or project that utilizes a Kinect for Windows v2 device. It does not have to be a final product, but the more workable/usable the demo that you present before attendees and judges, the greater your chances of winning.

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$1,350 in prizes

First Place

The First Place team will win both brand new Kinect for Windows v2 devices (one per team member up to 5) and $500 in cash.

[Total prize value depends upon number of Kinects awarded]

Second Place

Third Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

To enter, fill out the brief registration form here: http://bit.ly/Q11Tep

You must agree to the terms and provide a registration fee through PayPal to be considered a registered participant.


MS Kinect for Windows Team

MS Kinect for Windows Team

Ken Lonyai

Ken Lonyai
NUI Central co-founder

Judging Criteria

  • Originality/Creativity
    There's no shortage of Kinect projects out there. Show us what your team can do that is fresh and original.
  • Use of Technology
    Kinect offers some really special features. Show us how you can make the most of the new API.
  • Use Case
    When there's purpose there's a case for users. Show us why people will want your creation.
  • Functionality
    This is a hackathon. We want to see your project do cool stuff!

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