FAQ -Frequently Asked Questions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 foood!!
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, real estate 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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.