Hack Upstate IX – Build. Break. Collaborate.

  • April 8 - April 9 2017
  • The Technology Garden - 235 Harrison St, Syracuse, NY 13202
  • 110 Attending


  • Jeff Passetti Cross-media Designer and Professor, S.I. Newhouse School @ Syracuse University

    Jeff Passetti is a cross-media designer and professor, specializing in website design. He teaches at StartFast Code, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Information Students (iSchool) at Syracuse University. He recently collaborated on three award-winning journalism websites: The Fall WorkshopFamily. Life and Dome 35.

  • Chedy Hampson CEO / Founder, TCGplayer

    Chedy Hampson is founder and president of TCGplayer.com, a Web-based marketplace serving people who buy and sell collectible gaming cards. These are fans of games such as Magic The Gathering, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and HeroClix.

    The company has grown significantly in the last few years.

    Hampson launched TCGplayer.com about 15 years ago. The company progressed, and then Chedy and his team hit upon an innovative way to organize products from hundreds of sellers combined with his own insights into the market.

    His elevator speech:

    "TCGplayer.com is an online marketplace that combines the sellers for collectible gaming into one location to compete on the price. It's similar to eBay."

  • John Talarico Senior Web Engineer, Partner, Co-founder

    John is a software professional with broad experience from e-commerce and application integration to user interface design. While his experience and projects have varied, his desire to create innovative and usable systems has remained. John is continually researching diverse disciplines in order to advance and improve human-computer interaction.

  • Nitya Narasimhan Mobile/Web Software Architect, Google Developer Group Organizer, Tech Speaker.

    Nitya Narasimhan is an independent consultant and systems architect with nearly two decades of experience building software solutions for the consumer market. 

    She has a PhD in Computer Eng, and spent over a decade at Motorola R&D developing advanced concepts for their mobile, television, wearable and automotive platforms. She authored 25+ patents (11 granted) and 30+ publications (conferences & journals), and was a member of their Science Advisory Board.

    She currently juggles technology development with advocacy and training. She founded Google Developer Group chapters (Hudson Valley & NYC) and runs annual DevFest, StudyCamp and HourOfCode events that emphasize competency-based learning for career advancement. She speaks regularly at software conferences (like DroidCon, GraceHopper etc.) and is currently working on projects involving machine learning, internet-of-things and real-time mobile media.