october 19-21, 2018




With global climate change at our feet, the U.S. healthcare system in pieces, political unrest around the world, and complacent markets, impactful entrepreneurial solutions are critical. 

This year, HackATL encourages all hackers, hustlers and hipsters to bring to life ideas that cater to the world’s most pressing issues. Whether it be solving a lethal disease using VR, extracting energy from trees, or building an app for world peace – HackATL 2018 is the opportunity to explore next generation entrepreneurship amidst the brightest minds in the Southeast.

In the past, we have seen over 400 students from all over the country come together to solve the world's most pressing problems. 

With our 4 divisions, how would you like to change the world?



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HackATL was a life-changing experience for me as someone who has never had exposure to any form of hackathon before.
— Freshman student from Emory University
Met a lot of really cool people at HackATL. Everybody was here to learn and I think that’s the best part.
— Junior student from Cornell
HackATL is more than just a hackathon, or a business hackathon for that matter. It is where, for 3 days straight, students just go crazy with their ideas and have fun.
— Mentor, HackATL 2017
I learned more in 3 days than I ever did my entire semester. Definitely coming back next year!
— Junior student from Georgia Tech
I had an amazing time meeting new people and becoming friends with them. I loved talking to the mentors and entrepreneurs to learn from their experience.
— Freshman student from Northwestern



Whether you are a company, recruiter, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, college club, or non-profit organization, we'd love to work with you to make HackATL 2018 the best one yet.

Learn more about our sponsorship options: 

Please leave us a message with your ideas, and we'll contact you as soon as possible. 

(Optional) Got questions, comments, or Ideas? Let us know!

a huge thanks to our past sponsors

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What is a business hackathon?

A business hackathon is a spinoff of the traditional Hackathon where hackers (developers & engineers), hipsters (designers) and hustlers (business-types) come together to develop a viable product/service and pitch it in a weekend.


What if I can’t code?

According to Forbes Magazine, startups need three members - hackers, hustlers and hipsters. Whether you are a technical genius, a creative prodigy, or a practical business-type, there is a need for you.


Who can participate?

Current undergrads and MBA students with a valid college ID. Everyone else is welcome to attend our panels and speaker events. If you are a high school student & wish to participate, please reach out to us at and we will try our best to cater to you.

*An MBA team needs to have at least one undergraduate student to be eligible to compete.

Do I have to pick one of the 4 categories?

Not a compulsion, but we highly recommend thinking about the categories as a way to be a more conscientious part of the society. While your idea does not have to revolve around any one category entirely, it is always great to give back in some form. Health & wellness, social enterprises, and consumer tech have all been a major part of the booming entrepreneurship industry and we encourage you to put on a social problem solving lens.

*If your idea does not fit any category, you can opt for ‘other’ on the day of the event.



There will be amazing prizes! In the past we have had combined cash prizes of upto $10,000 and lots of in kind perks. Stay tuned ;)

* Each category will have it’s own sponsor & winner and we will also have an overall winner.

Who can I work with? How big can my team be?

Anyone - an ideal team size would be 5-6 people. Make sure that every member in your team has designated roles & responsibilities - the more you treat it like a real business, the more manageable things will get as the event progresses.


Do you provide travel reimbursements?

As of now, we have not secured a travel sponsor. If this is of highest priority to you, send us an e-mail to so we can show our sponsors the interest. Also, if you have a group of people from your school who want to go, send us an e-mail as well and we will work something out.

What if I don’t have a team?

Then you are in the most normal and in fact, ideal situation! HackATL is a platform for you to collaborate and network with people of diverse backgrounds. Leverage our opening day networking sessions to find your ideal business partners!


What should I bring to HackATL?

Laptop, phone charger, change of clothes, toothbrush, electronic accessories.

Do Not Bring: Food, pessimism, alcohol or drugs, if an airplane won’t allow it we probably won’t.

What else is there to do besides the competition?

Games & team building activities (think Escape the Room), speaker events, entrepreneurship panels, workshop sessions & lots of food!


Does it have to be a new idea?

It doesn’t have to be a new idea, but you cannot have any previous code, presentation materials, financial forecasts, or designs. Come with an undeveloped idea or be open to finding one.