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?
No business, design, or coding experience is required for you to participate in HackATL. 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.
This year, HackATL strives to not only be a platform for you to build a business, but also a venue for you to learn how to do that. We’ll have workshops in ideation, design, web dev, and pitching all throughout the weekend to help you bring your ideas to life.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Technology, Health & Wellness, Social Innovation, and Arts & Entertainment have all been a major part of the booming entrepreneurship industry and we encourage you to put on a social problem solving lens.
There will be amazing prizes! In the past we have had combined cash prizes of up to $10,000 and lots of in-kind perks for the winning teams. Stay tuned ;)
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?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide travel reimbursements for this year - but we are working hard to make it happen for 2019!
If your school provides travel reimbursements for such events, we will be more than happy to provide any supporting documents. Simply let us know at email@example.com.
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 networking sessions on Day 1 (Friday 10/26) to find your ideal business partners!
What should I bring to HackATL?
Laptop, chargers, change of clothes, toiletries, electronic accessories, and lots of energy. Basically everything you’ll need to work for 3 days minus the food - we’ve got that covered for you.
Do not bring: Alcohol, drugs, pessimism - if an airplane won’t allow it we probably won’t.
What should i do if i’m traveling from another state or university?
Then that’s extra awesome! You may choose to find your own accommodations near Emory, stay at a friend’s place or AirBnB in Atlanta, or sleepover at the venue. If you plan to stay overnight, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make sure we get you sleeping bags (free of charge).
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.
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!
How do the competition rounds work?
All registered teams are going to pitch their idea and product to judges in the Preliminary round based on their competition category (Technology, Health & Wellness, Social Innovation, and Arts & Entertainment).
The top 2 winners of each category will receive prizes from each category sponsor, and they will advance to the Final round (a total of 8 finalists). Each team will pitch again to final round judges, and the top 4 teams will receive the grand prizes in order.
For both rounds, teams will be evaluated based on business feasibility, demo / product quality, and presentation (full criteria coming soon).