In January 2013, the NJ News Commons and Montclair State hosted the first hackathon in New Jersey to involve both coders and journalists. The weekend-long event, called Hack Jersey, featured a Friday-night party where teams began to form, a series of speakers including Matt Ericson of The New York Times, and a 24-hour contest to create data visualizations and news apps.
Many Montclair State computer science students brought coding power to the teams. The overall winner of the weekend was CrashDataNJ, a visualization showing the most dangerous stretches on the Garden State Parkway by mile marker.
Awards were also given in the categories of People's Choice Award, Best Design, Best Story, and Best Sandy Project.