• 2015 BE Smart Hackathon Students.
  • Winning team Morgan State University, Benjamin Hall, Kevin Proctor, Myles Wright Walker & Khir Henderson with Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr., President and CEO of Black Enterprise & Shavonne Gordon, Director Of Diversity Recruiting at Capital One.
  • Students thinking of a master plan.
  • Hackathon Judges Dawn Chirwa, Senior Adviser at The Giving Practice, Philanthropy NW & Shavonne Gordon, Director Of Diversity Recruiting at Capital One.
  • Hackathon Judges Mark Mathewson, Vice President, Technology at Capital One & Shannon Green, Senior Technology Manager, Capital One.
  • Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO of Black Girls Code.
  • 2015 BE Smart Hackathon Students.
  • Winning team Morgan State University, Benjamin Hall, Kevin Proctor, Myles Wright Walker & Khir Henderson with Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr., President and CEO of Black Enterprise & Shavonne Gordon, Director Of Diversity Recruiting at Capital One.
  • Students thinking of a master plan.
  • Hackathon Judges Dawn Chirwa, Senior Adviser at The Giving Practice, Philanthropy NW & Shavonne Gordon, Director Of Diversity Recruiting at Capital One.
  • Hackathon Judges Mark Mathewson, Vice President, Technology at Capital One & Shannon Green, Senior Technology Manager, Capital One.
  • Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO of Black Girls Code.

OVERVIEW

At the inaugural Black Enterprise BE Smart Hackathon sponsored by Capital One, five teams of four students each representing five historically black colleges hacked their way into the future in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The charge? To develop a personal finance app for college students and young professionals.

Teams from Howard University, Johnson C. Smith University, Morgan State University, Southern University, and Spelman College showed that they were up to the challenge.

Judging criteria included the apps’ anticipated social impact, innovation, and timely completion, as well as each team’s presentation.

Kalimah Priforce, a 2014 White House Champion of Change and headmaster CEO of Oakland, California-based Qeyno Labs, also spoke to the teams about opportunities in technology.

Morgan State’s winning team—Benjamin Hall, Khir Henderson, Kevin Proctor, and Myles Wright-Walker—won the judges over with its predictive-thinking app designed to help college students avoid debt.

Capital One provided each member of the winning team a $150 Amazon gift card and an all-expenses paid trip to Capital One headquarters to present the winning app to senior executives. AT&T provided LG G Pad 7.0 LTE tablets and Powerbeats2 Wireless headsets.

Teams

  • Bear Squad/Morgan State University
  • SMITH PIXELS/JOHNSON C. SMITH
  • The Undefined Variables/Spelman College
  • Harambe/Howard University
  • Hacking Jags/Southern University

Schools

Students

GUIDELINES

Guidelines:


  • Juniors or Seniors
  • Four students per team
  • Computer Science, engineering 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-seen-before way?
  • Technical Achievement: Did the participants solve a hard technical problem? Did they get a working demo completed within the allotted time?


Judges

Videos