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A Startup Council Initiative

November 4th - 6th

at South Florida Science Center

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Early Registration ends October 30th

About our Hackathon

The Palm Beach Tech Hackathon is a three day event where teams of engineers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs vet ideas, create a project, then present their work to an expert panel of judges for cash prizes!

Prizes

1st Place:  $1,000

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $250

PRIZES. ALL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY THE SPONSOR, WHOSE DECISION (IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION) IS FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE CONTEST.

Rules

The details for the official rules can be found by clicking the below.
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Code of Conduct

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Timeline

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Nov 4, 2016 6:00 pm

Kick Off Party

@ Palm Beach Tech Space

Check in and discover the projects you’ll work on!

Nov 5, 2016 7:00 am

Breakfast and Signin

@ Science Center

Check in for the day and get some breakfast

Nov 5, 2016 7:30 am

Welcome & Introduction

@ SFSC Auditorium

Hear a quick introduction and prep for the event.

Nov 5, 2016 8:00 am

Get your Hack on

@ Your Desks

The event BEGINS!!

Nov 5, 2016 12:00 pm

Lunch

@ Patio & Desks

You’ll be hungry at this point, so we brought pizza!

Nov 5, 2016 7:00 pm

End of Day 1

Nov 6, 2016 7:00 am

Day 2 Begins

Nov 6, 2016 12:00 pm

Stop Coding

All coding should be complete – They’ll be 30 minutes to save to a repository and/or dev url.

Nov 6, 2016 12:30 pm

Lunch

Nov 6, 2016 1:30 pm

Team Presentations

Teams will present projects to audience and judges.

Nov 6, 2016 2:00 pm

Explore Science Center

As judges deliberate

Nov 6, 2016 2:30 pm

Awards Ceremony

Winners Announced

Nov 6, 2016 3:00 pm

Hackathon Ends

Judges

Brian Dunnam

Executive Vice President Technology at Levatas

Ray Bango

Microsoft Developer Advocate

Jonathan LeBlanc

Head of Global Developer Advocacy at PayPal

FAQ

What’s a hachathon?

A hackathon is a multi day event (typically 48 hours) where participants form teams, vet ideas, create a project, then present their work to a panel of judges. The teams with the best projects typically walk away with a combination of prizes.

What’s different about it, what makes it  unique?

Our hackathon is intended to combine not only business, design and engineering know­ how, but also underserved non profit organizations serving our community.

The focus will be solving real problems for specific organizations, expanding beyond hackathon itself. In this way, solutions will be created from the ground up by the community themselves, rather than passed down by some institution.

How does it work?

Participants will be invited from a variety of local communities: technology professionals from local companies, students from local universities, and leaders from the local business community. All meals will be provided with other treats throughout the weekend as well: shirts, snacks, swag bags, and the like.

During registration, people form teams by networking with other participants. Next comes short speeches by the organizers to introduce the challenge and mission, with participants finalizing groups and concepts.

On Sunday, judges privately rate teams based on predetermined guidelines. Finalists are announced Sunday evening and prizes dispersed in the coming days. Select winners will be given a followup opportunity to work with the Palm Beach Tech Association, to further develop their idea.

Why are we doing it?

Foremost, this is an opportunity to empower our local community through technology. Furthermore, this is an opportunity to identify local talent that can continue– this mission in the future, through other non profit organizations and volunteer opportunities.

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