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 undergraduate and graduate students with a valid college ID. Recent grads must have graduated no longer than 6 months before HackATL. 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 email@example.com and we will try our best to cater to you.
*As HackATL is an event geared towards undergrads with the majority of participants coming from undergraduate programs, each team needs to have at least 1 undergraduate student for teams size 2-3, or at least 2 undergraduate students for teams size 4-6 to be eligible to compete. We require this to ensure fair competition in regards to work and industry experience levels.
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 - teams must have a minimum of 2 members and go up to 6. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.