Inclusive Innovation Incubator Center
2301 Georgia Avene NW Washington, DC 20001
March 29, 2019 5:00PM
March 30, 2019 6:30PM
For students in the DMV area and Howard University students
|Friday, March 29, 2019|
|4:30 PM | Registration Open|
|5:00 PM | Networking and Dinner Served|
|6:00 PM | Open Ceremony|
|6:30 PM | Hacking Begins|
|10:30 PM | Midnight Snack|
|11:00 PM | Slideshare Karaoke|
|Saturday, March 30, 2019|
|8:00 AM | Breakfast Served|
|8:30 AM | Hacking Resumes|
|11:30 AM | Lunch Served|
|1:00 PM | Projects Due|
|1:30 PM | Team Technical Check-in|
|2:00 PM | Project Presentations|
|4:00 PM | Judge Session|
|5:00 PM | Award Ceremony|
This year's hackathon theme is to build a solution that will help improve the livelihood of the DMV community. The tracks that can be explored are the following:
Focuses on issues related to achievement of people of diverse ethnicities and economic backgrounds. Can include topics related to college readiness, access, completion and career guidance.
Focuses on issues related to the public health of people of diverse ethnicities and economic backgrounds such as improving wellness, increasing diversity in the medical profession, quality food access, and promoting diet and exercise.
Seeks solutions related to preventing the criminalization of economically disadvantaged people, and strategies that empower ex-offenders to transition from the prison wall to successful members of the community, and provide valuable intervention resources to high school or college dropouts.
Challenges participants to create an app or design solutions that preserves our environment and encourages personal practices such as recycling, resource sharing, garment collection and redistribution, energy efficiency, and water conservation.
Create apps that help increase access for everyone to a range of quality financial services at affordable prices with convenience, respect, and dignity and includes the ability to understand how to save, credit card usage, and improve one's well-being through the conscious management of their personal and private finances and investments.
A hackathon is a weekend long event where you go all the way from idea to prototype. At the end of BisonHacks, you will pitch your app, website, or whatever prototype you dreamed up, and compete for prizes! Hackathons are a great place to learn quickly and create something awesome.
BisonHacks is completely free for all registered participants! The food is free and all the awesome swag is free.
Absolutely! We have four delicious meals planned with plenty of snacks in between to keep you going for 24 hours.
Bring you, your computer, computer charger, toiletries (toothbrush and toothpaste), and anything else for your hack.
You're more than welcome at BisonHacks! We will have workshops during the event and mentors to help you through any troubles. So no matter what your skill level is, we will provide the resources to help you learn.
Yes! Check out our Code of Conduct.
Bison Hacks is open to Howard University students and anyone who is 18 years or older (we will be checking ID) and is currently enrolled in college or university with a valid student ID. International students are invited to apply and attend, but we cannot guarantee full travel reimbursement.
Due to the location we are only allowed to have attendees who have registered for the hackathon. Therefore, if you are interested attending this event please register at this link.
Howard University graduate student's are welcomed to register for this hackathon.
There can be a maximum of 4 students for a team.
That is fine, you have the option to work alone but we highly recommend that you work in a team.
Teams are encouraged to have a mix of business, engineering, and design oriented students. Diversity is encouraged. However, teams are required to choose a name.
Team projects can be brainstormed beforehand, but code MUST be written at the event only. Code cannot be brought in from outside the event . Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. The project must contain a README within the repository that describes the project.
You can use any tool, API, service or language for your team project.
A 3 min presentation is required during judging, explaining and demonstrating the team’s application. In addition 1 minute will be allowed for questions.
All projects must be submitted into our Bison Hacks DevPost by March 30, 2019 at 1:30PM.
Your project can be a mobile application, web application or IoT project. The project must fit into the theme set for the event.
Projects must not contain any advertisement or solicitation. Projects must not contain anything that is or may be construed as:
Projects must not contain any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability or that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offense; and Projects must otherwise comply in all respects with these Rules and the Policies.
We will have 4-5 judges for this hackathon. Our judges will be key members within the DC Tech Industry. Their backgrounds will cover technology, design, marketing and entrepreneurship. To learn more about the judges check them out here.
Unfortunately, there won't be free parking but only street parking.
Unfortunately, we will not be offering individual travel reimbursement this year.
To travel to this location the closest metros are Shaw and U Street.
Of course! This year, our hacker experience team has planned a bunch of fun events for attendees to relax. Stay tuned for more info! We will have a small activity in the midst of the event.
Due to the security of the building it would be ideal that you stay for the entire event. However, if you need to leave and comeback please inform the Hackathon Organizers.
That is great! We welcome any help! To sign up as a mentor you can simply select "Mentor" on the form within the registration link here.
Although, it is ideal but it is not a requirement. We welcome anyone who have experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance and technology.
The role of a "Tech" or "Business" mentor is to be floating resources for the duration of the hackathon. This means helping teams define workflow, brainstorm ideas, problem solve and develop the final presentation. Mentors are free to communicate amongst themselves on questions of observations that occur. As organizers, we would be glad to gain some insight on technical issues, hackathon dynamics, or other Bison Hacks materials. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind as a Bison Hacks mentor:
First! Thank you for wishing to sponsor our hackathon! To sponsor our event you can view our sponsorhsip package here and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The funds goes towards food, prizes and the swag for the hackathon. We go into more detail within our sponsorship package here.