Build a Business in 48 Hours

HackATL is the most prominent business hackathon in the Southeast, attracting 1,000+ students from top undergraduate programs across the United States since its establishment in 2013.  This year, we want to extend the HackATL experience to as many students as possible. For the first time in our history, we will be hosting the event virtually via Devpost in order to ensure safety and accessibility for all involved.

The participants are given 48 hours to develop a prototype and pitch it to judges, angel investors, and venture capitalists. At HackATL, we aim to create innovative solutions that cater to the world’s most pressing issues. With your partnership, we hope to make this year’s HackATL the best one yet!

This year’s theme is Adventure is Out There. The goal is to encourage our hackers to explore the unconventional. Especially during these unprecedented times, we want to encourage our participants to develop breakthroughs that will tackle the challenges our world is currently facing—whether it be an app enhancing public health safety, a product advocating for social justice, or a platform connecting small businesses to their respective communities. Help us inspire next-generation entrepreneurship amidst the brightest minds in the Southeast and beyond. 

Please refer to the rules section for the comprehensive rules and submission guidelines.

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Prizes

$14,050 in prizes

HackATL 2020: First Place

HackATL 2020: Second Place

HackATL 2020: Third Place

Exclusive Day One Cohort Scholarship (3)

Excellence in EchoAR Use

Best Use of Google Cloud API Challenge

Use any Google Cloud and/or Firebase product(s) in your project to qualify

Exclusive Omnigraffle Permanent License (3)

Best Use of Google Cloud - COVID-19 Hackathon Fund

Use any Google Cloud and/or Firebase products in your projects that targets one of four focus areas.

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Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

HackATL is open to teams of 2 to 6 people. All current undergraduate and graduate students with valid university emails are allowed to participate. Undergraduate 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.

Requirements

Submissions must include the team name used when registering your team and a description with the team members, a problem statement,  and which group it serves. Submissions should include at least a presentation slide deck and a prototype, or simulation where applicable, along with a proposal of next steps, the path forward, and a description of the necessary resources and plan to implement the project. Product or prototype video demonstrations are permitted and should be embedded in the presentation as a link to Youtube or Vimeo. 

The submission requires a live presentation component. On the final day of HackATL, teams will conduct live remote presentations to judges for the preliminary round. Should the team advance to the final round, the team will conduct another live remote presentation on that same day to judges for the final round.

We only accept project submissions created during HackATL. Please do not submit previous projects or updates to projects that already exist or are already under development.

Submission must either be in English or include an English translation.

Participants may submit only one project. Each participant may only be a part of one team.

Please refer to the HackATL Education Packet featured on www.hackatl.org for additional resources.

Judges

Sig Mosley

Sig Mosley
Mosley Ventures

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon
echoAR

Jordan Youkilis

Jordan Youkilis
KEY Investment Partners

Cameron Duncan

Cameron Duncan
Clutch, Deloitte Digital

Alexander Gould

Alexander Gould
Human Ventures

Adam Harej

Adam Harej
Open Scout

Sohail Jooma

Sohail Jooma
OneTrust

Sarah Choi

Sarah Choi
Great Hill Partners

Richard Lee

Richard Lee
Rangr

Juliana Neelbauer

Juliana Neelbauer
Partner at Drew Eckle Farnham

Jon Harmer

Jon Harmer
Google

Benn Konsynski

Benn Konsynski
GBS Professor

Dirk Schroeder

Dirk Schroeder
Updraft Health Innovation Advisors

Amelia Schaffner

Amelia Schaffner
GBS, Director of Entrepreneurship

Sarina Virk Torrendell

Sarina Virk Torrendell
Facebook, withSarina

Goldy Tenreiro

Goldy Tenreiro
Facebook

Montez Walker

Montez Walker
Facebook

Marielle Samantha

Marielle Samantha
Mailchimp

Hayden Hall

Hayden Hall
ClassRanked

Brandt Jewell

Brandt Jewell
Coker Group

Jenelle Chiang

Jenelle Chiang
Triage Consulting Group

Shanell Powell

Shanell Powell
Microsoft

Cyril Berdugo

Cyril Berdugo
Landis

Alfiya Valiji

Alfiya Valiji
Techstars

Sahej Singh

Sahej Singh
Reliance Partners

Rakesh Patel

Rakesh Patel
NCR

Jay Mehta

Jay Mehta
SageNet

Judging Criteria

  • Presentation: 10%
    • The team has a clearly defined go-to-market strategy and within the allotted time limit. delivery of their solution is realistic and feasible. • The presentation was clear, effective, and fell within the allotted time limit.
  • Start-Up Potential: 30%
    • The solution has an attractive total addressable market • The team displayed passion when presenting. and a realistic serviceable available market.
  • MVP (Minimum Viable Product): 40%
    • The MVP holds a degree of sophistication beyond a static web template-it is impressive for two days of work. • The user interface is designed to provide a meaningful and comfortable user experience. • The MVP can be actualized with current technologies.
  • Idea: 20%
    • The idea presents a unique solution to an existing problem that creates value for consumers. • The concept differentiates itself sufficiently to potentially succeed in a competitive environment. • The idea follows the theme: explore the unconventional.

themes

  • Social Good
  • Lifehacks