2016 Backup - BESmart Hackathon

Winning team North Carolina A&T University Hackathon, Angelica Rae Willis, Jean Olivier Ngalamulume Beya, Brandon Lamar Long and Ashana Kristian Evans

2016 BE Smart Hackathon Students with Shelly Jones Jennings, VP Director of Digital, Black Enterprise

Winning team North Carolina A&T University Hackathon, with Earl “Butch” Graves, Jr., President and CEO of Black Enterprise

Winning team North Carolina A&T University Hackathon with Donna Hodge, Media Director at Burrell Communications, Danielle Benjamin Sr. Integrated Marketing and Media Strategist Toyota and Lisa McQueen Market Planning Administrator Toyota

Hackathon Judges with Nathaniel J., associate technology editor at Black Enterprise (second from right): Damola Omotosho, software systems innovation engineer, Customer Q&R at Intel; Jerry Higgs, Ph.D., senior product development engineer at AT&T; Chris Norwood, founder of Bay Area Tutoring; and Oliver Chen, startup and innovator enabler at Intel.

Students thinking of a master plan.

BE Smart Hackathon 2016

The Black Enterprise 2016 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 10 teams of four college students each develop an app and compete for prizes.

The 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. Charged with creating an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) iOS app within the Ionic Cloud framework, each team submitted concept documents and storyboards before the hackathon began.

Four judges assessed the students’ apps in light of their projected impact, innovation, and technical achievement, as well as the students’ ability to work as a team. After meeting with each of the teams one-on-one, the judges selected the top three teams to present: Alabama A&M University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Tuskegee University.

The winning team, Team Aggie ++ from North Carolina A&T State University, won the judges over with its Let’s Go Black app, which helps users customize a road trip that explores important sites in African American history. Each team member of Team Aggie ++ received a GoPro tablet from AT&T, 40K miles from American Airlines, a Fossil Q smart watch from Intel, a FitBit Blaze smart watch from FitBit, and a Yoga 3 Pro tablet/laptop device from Lenovo.



V.P./Director of Digital,
Black Enterprise


Education Editor,
Black Enterprise


Associate Technology Editor, Silicon Valley,
Black Enterprise


Cheif of Staff, Office of The CEO
Black Enterprise