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.
Who can participate?
All current undergraduate and graduate students with a valid student ID are allowed to participate. Students who have graduated within 6 months before HackATL can also participate.
While graduate students can participate in HackATL, we limit 1 graduate student per 2 undergraduate students. For example, a team of 6 may have no more than 2 graduate students.
Everyone is welcome to attend speaker events and workshops.
There will be amazing prizes! This year, we are giving up to $6,000 in cash prizes and lots of in-kind perks for the winning teams. Sponsors such as Google Cloud, EchoAR, and Day One are offering additional company-sponsored awards for the top three winning teams as well!
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?
Our team has been hard at work ideating other ways to engage virtually! Games & team building activities (think Escape the Room), speaker events, entrepreneurship panels, & workshop sessions have been planned out for you to make long-lasting connections with companies and fellow hackers!
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.
How do competition rounds work?
All registered teams are going to pitch their idea and product to judges in the Preliminary round starting at 10 AM ET on October 4th, 2020 via Zoom
8 Finalists will advance to the Final round (a total of 8 teams). Each team will pitch again to final round judges, and the top 3 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).
Each team will have 4 minutes to pitch, followed by 4 minutes of Q/A.
There will be a timekeeper at all times
The Preliminary Round will help us determine the top 2 teams in each presentation room (total 8 teams)
These 8 teams will them move to the final round
Team selection into final pitch round is entirely based on scores from the prelim round
Each team will have 5 minutes to pitch, followed by 7 minutes of Q/A
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.
What if I don't have a team?
Than 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 10/2) to find your ideal business partners!
How is HackATL going to look virtually?
For the first time in history, we will be hosting the event virtually via Devpost.com to ensure the safety and accessibility for all involved. We are still offering all the resources in our capacity including: a keynote speaker, workshops, mentorship sessions, and live judging!
What should I do if I have an unstable internet connection?
We completely understand that the virtual format of HackATL 2020 may be difficult for those with unstable internet connections. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions–we will do our best to offer accommodations!
Can I participate even if I am in a different time zone?
Yes! We welcome participants hailing from all countries and time zones. All of our workshops and speaker events will be recorded. If our live presentation times on October 4th do not work for you, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible. Asynchronous presentation options may be available for those with extenuating circumstances.