• 2017 BE Smart Hackathon Students with Shelly Jones Jennings, VP Director of Digital, Black Enterprise
  • Winning team North Carolina A&T University Hackathon
  • Winning team North Carolina A&T University Hackathon, with Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr., President and CEO of Black Enterprise
  • Hackathon Judges
  • Students thinking of a master plan.
  • 2017 BE Smart Hackathon Students with Shelly Jones Jennings, VP Director of Digital, Black Enterprise
  • Winning team North Carolina A&T University Hackathon, Angelica Rae Willis, Jean Olivier Ngalamulume Beya, Brandon Lamar Long and Ashana Kristian Evans
  • Winning team North Carolina A&T University Hackathon, with Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr., President and CEO of Black Enterprise
  • Hackathon Judges
  • Students thinking of a master plan.

OVERVIEW

The Black Enterprise 2017 BE Smart Hackathon, sponsored by Toyota and part of the TechConneXt Summit held in Silicon Valley, is a 24- to 36-hour hackathon in which 15 teams of four college students each work collaboratively to develop an app and compete for prizes.

Last year, students enjoyed an all-expenses-paid experience that included a fun ice-breaker activity as well as several skill-building workshops in addition to opportunities to meet sponsors and summit attendees. This year’s hackers are charged with creating a virtual retail environment for Toyota, and each team will submit concept documents and storyboards before the hackathon begins.

Students participating in the 2017 BE Smart Hackathon will work with mentors from Toyota as well as from Twilio.

Three judges assess the students’ apps in light of their projected impact, innovation, and technical achievement, as well as the students’ ability to work as a team and on presentation skills.
After meeting with each of the teams one-on-one, the judges select the top three teams to present on the main stage before all summit attendees.

Who will win? Follow the conversation at #BEHACK.

Teams

  • AGGIE++/North Carolina A&T
  • Bear Code/Morgan State University
  • Biased Life/Delaware State University
  • Cyber Squad/Bowie
  • Fiskhackers/ Fisk University
  • Golden Tiger/Tuskegee University
  • H4CKD0G4/Alabama A&m University
  • Hampton Pirates/Hampton University
  • Panther Coders++/Prairie View A&m University
  • Rattler "Code" "Pride”/Florida A&m University
  • Tab On Em/Morehouse College
  • Team Bison/Howard University
  • Trojan Bulls/Johnson C. Smith
  • Four Loop/Dillard
  • Jags Finest/Southern University And A&M

Schools

Students

GUIDELINES


Guidelines:


  • Juniors or Seniors
  • Four students per team
  • Computer Science, Engineers majors

Judging criteria


  • Impact: Would the app have real social impact? Can it change the world, or at least help someone in their community? Does it solve a stated goal of the hackathon?
  • Innovation: Is the solution novel? Does it solve a problem in a creative or never-see-before way?
  • Technical Achievement: Did the participant(s) solve a hard technical problem? Did they get a working demo completed within the allotted time?


Mentors