18-19 March, 2023
Are you ready to collaborate with other entrepreneurial individuals and be part of a tech-ready ecosystem?
Registration Closes: 17 March, 2023
Attend this Hackathon to showcase your skills as part of the amazing tech talent in Tennessee, network, and learn from like-minded individuals.
Hackathons are not just for programmers. In order for a group to succeed, it is most ideal to have a mix of people from diverse backgrounds and skillsets. We call it the 'Minimum Viable Team' - the smallest team required to achieve a specific purpose. Many startups use this formula to create their first teams. We encourage anyone wanting to to land their next role at a tech organization, or anyone passionate about helping the underserved communities around the world to come and join us!
person who designs the prototype
person who creates the prototype
person who sells the product
person who facilitates and manages the team
What will happen?
Throughout the weekend, you will be faced with a series of activities to help you develop your solution for the judges. The outcome will be a pitch (video explaining why you worked on this) and a prototype (demonstration of the key feature you developed over the weekend). Many people go to Hackathons because it's about the 'tech', but we define that as the following steps of a Hackathon:
Network to find your team mates. We'll have activities to help you through this process.
Ask questions to your ideal customers. We'll have mentors who will give you feedback.
Create a really quick version of your solution and test it with your customers.
Using the feedback, create your demo and presentation to pitch to our experienced judges.
The event is a hybrid event with the option to participate in-person in a location TBA. You need to develop the following over the weekend
- A feature for an existing business (working function)
- OR develop a new technology solution (new business idea from scratch)
Key attendance to sessions include the below - compulsory attendance. There will be 3 x workshops and we expect you to sent 1 x team member to attend.
Saturday, from 9-10am
Hackathon Logistics and Process
Challenge Statements revealed
Information Session / Workshop
Thursday from 5:30-7pm
An introduction to the Hackathon
Technology Upskilling Workshop
Hackathon Tips and Tricks
Sunday from 3-5pm
Participants to present their demo and presentations (4 min each)
Judges to determine winners
What's next for Hackathon
Our panel of judges will be assessing the teams based on the criteria:
Why the customer will use it, and feedback received from research and customer interactions
How you worked together as a team to create the prototype / feature that you are demonstrating
What you will do to acquire customers so that you will have different revenue streams
WHAT YOU WILL SHOW THE JUDGES
A 2 minute video explaining the customer pain point, why you came up with your solution, and how you will be approaching potential customers
A 2 minute video demonstration of at least one feature of your proposed working solution. It can be a feature for an existing business, or something completely new!
YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE REWARDED WITH
with recognized leaders in tech to help your career journey
Monetary Prize Pool
Awarded to winning teams
1st - $500
2nd - $300
3rd - $200
Access to like minded individuals and tech communities groups
Industry experts who will be evaluating the video presentations. They will be asking questions after the video presentations to the teams to help determine the winners.
The Hackathons International Team
The benefits of going to a Hackathon is that you can learn new skills about entrepreneurship, design thinking, and technologies that you can bring back into your day-to-day life. The Hackathons International will be with on site to help you throughout the Hackathon.
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If you want to learn more about this Hackathon, watch and read the below!
What is a Hackathon?Hackathons are NOT just for programmers. They require collaboration to achieve desirable, feasible, and viable solutions. A Hackathon is a short, pressurized competition where a group come together to design, develop, and demonstrate their ideas on center stage! Usually at the start we give you context about a problem/challenge statement, and then it's up to you to come up with creative ideas! We expect your teams to develop a rough Minimum Viable Product so you can pitch your idea and show the judges what you've come up with on the Sunday afternoon. Read more here.
Who can participate in a Hackathon?Anyone with an open mindset can participate. Because this is a Hackathon focused around software development and launching business ideas, we need a mix of business, design, technical, creative and industry experts to form teams.
I am under 18 years. Can I participate?We are sorry but this event is for individuals who are over 18 years only.
Do I need to form a team before we join the Hackathon?No, we will be giving you time at the start of the Hackathon to network and meet other people. Teams should be between 2-4 members. We encourage you to bring your friends!
What do I need to bring to the Hackathon?Bring your laptop and charger, notepads and pens, an open mindset and positive attitude!
What does my ticket include?An unforgettable opportunity formulate an idea and create a product Learn and upgrade your knowledge bank with new skills and tools Access to our Hackathons International tech ecosystem partners (including meeting others in tech, introductions to companies, mentors, and advisors) Meals will be provided on Saturday - lunch and dinner, Sunday - breakfast and lunch
Who owns the Intellectual Property of the solution at the Hackathon?We don't own anything, you do! We also abide by the Hack Code of Conduct
I heard that I can go to a Hackathon where jobs are available. Where can I learn more?Yes, our #HackersUnited hackathons are focused on matching participants with final job interviews. Apply to these events if you are interested in trying something new!