Our inaugural Opportunity Hack will open at 8:00 a.m. on October 18th. At Opportunity Hack you can network, share ideas and build solutions that enable impact and social innovation! Come with an idea or join a team that will hack solutions for any of the problem statements listed by our partnering non-profits!
Check in will be from 8:00 until 9:00 and breakfast will be served. At 9:00 we'll have our opening keynote speaker.
Then the fun begins! Our non-profits will all have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to all the participants. We'll be moving this along quickly so that we can move into team building. You can bring a whole team, but if you don't we're pretty good at facilitating team formation. This is the part of the program that people tend to be the most nervous about, but it all works out. We've done it successfully a bunch of times and we'll make sure you get hooked up.
11:00 a.m. It's time to get your Hack On! You have from now until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday! We're providing meals and snacks and support around the clock.
3:00 p.m. on Sunday it's time to let the keyboard rest. You'll want to have your prototype and presentation ready for a three minute presentation to the judges with some Q&A. There will be a brief intermission for scoring and then the top teams will be chosen and accolades will flow! This will mark the end of the event and the beginning of the celebration, where we will also provide appropriate supplies.
|Saturday (October 18th)
|• 8:00AM Doors open for check-in
|• 9:00AM Opening ceremony
|• 9:30AM Project pitches
|• 10:30AM Team formation
|• 11:00AM The Hackathon begins!
|• Noon - Lunch is served - Vendor TBD
|• 2:00PM Hacking Continues
|• 6:00PM Dinner is served
|• HACK THROUGH THE NIGHT
|Sunday (October 19th)
|• Midnight Midnight pizza served
|• 8:00AM Breakfast is served
|• 8:00AM SME available (3 hours)
|• Noon Lunch is served
|• 2:00PM Hackathon ends
|• 2:45PM Presentations due
|• 3:15PM Judging
|• 4:30PM Closing Keynote
|• 5:00PM Winners are announced / Prizathon!
See official rules.
1. All members of team have registered on ChallengePost and are added to the project submission
2. Links to gitHub, and video or presentation must be included in project submission.
3. At least two members of team will be present in person for demo to judges.
$7,000 in prizes
1st Prize $5,000
This is a hackthon funded by raising funds and to support our non profits. But we understand prizes are still exciting.
2nd Prize $2,000
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
How to enter
1. Join Opportunity Hack Austin on ChallengePost
2. Come to the event with a team or we will help you build a team of like minded folks.
Director, Business Development at ebay/Paypal Inc
Sr. Director, Head of Identity Eng Platform at eBay Inc/ Paypal Data Services
Distinguished MTS, Software Engineer at eBay Inc/ Paypal Data Services
How big an impact will your solution have on the community? Key things that are important are * Scale of the problem being solved * Potential reach * Productivity gains - 10 points
In order to be successful you need to be able to demonstrate and market your solution so that it can succeed long term– 10 points
Displaying innovative solutions to the problems. Do you solve the problem in a novel way? Can you create a solution that is cohesive across different areas or technologies? - 10 points;
Accessible by the Target User Base:
It’s crucial that the target user base actually has access to the technology in question. Can you articulate the capabilities and limitations of your userbase? Does your product fit within those capabilities or work around them? - 10 points
The projects need to be able to move from "proof-of-concept" to working project. Is your architecture and technology extendable by others? Can the project be tuned to meet different or changing needs?– 10 points
Open Source Software:
Open source solutions allow for a wider variety of contributors to be able to improve, extend and build upon. Does your project leverage open source software or libraries? Is your project in github? – 10 points.
Cover all categories:
All teams must get atleast 1 point in all the above categories. Getting a 0 in any one category will mean they are not eligible to win