2017 - BESmart Hackathon

2017 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

Hackathon Judges Chris Norwood, Founder of Bay Area Tutoring; Hahna Alexander, CEO & Co-Founder, Solepower ; and Coniah Adams, Senior media strategist with Burrell Communications

Students thinking of a master plan.

BE Smart Hackathon 2017

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.

2016 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.

BETEAM

SHELLY
JONES JENNINGS

V.P./Director of Digital,
Black Enterprise

ROBIN
WHITE GOODE

Education Editor,
Black Enterprise

YOLANDA V.
COOK

Cheif of Staff, Office of The CEO
Black Enterprise

Teams

 

H4CKD0G4

 

CYBER SQUAD

 

BIASED LIFE

 

FOUR LOOP

 

FISKHACKERS

 

RATTLER CODE PRIDE

 

HAMPTON PIRATES

 

TEAM BISON

 

TAB ON EM

 

BEAR CODE

 

AGGIE++

 

PANTHER CODERS++

 

JAGS FINEST

 

GOLDEN TIGER

 

SCHOOLS