HackATL is the most prominent business hackathon in the Southeast, attracting 1,250+ students from top undergraduate programs across the United States since its establishment in 2013.  This year, we want to extend the HackATL experience to as many students as possible. For the first time in our history, we will be hosting a hybrid HackATL to ensure safety for all participants while also providing some of the traditional HackATL experience! 

This year’s theme is "The Great Hacksby".

Only a century ago, the world experienced a period of tremendous challenge and difficulty. With everything from a global pandemic, high levels of consumer debt, and even rising income inequality weighing society down, it seemed that these obstacles would be insurmountable. However, the 1920’s aren’t remembered for those challenges -- they’re remembered for the incredible innovation that resulted from the challenges. From TVs and traffic lights to band-aids and vacuum cleaners, the world became a much better place, and ‘20s roared to life.

Given that we’re seeing these same issues resurface in today’s world, we want our participants to use this as a source of inspiration. Whether it’s creating a simple loan app to reduce foreclosures, making a virtual platform to connect individuals in social isolation, or easing public fear by making economic indicators simple and accessible, we want hackers to innovate solutions to today’s largest dilemmas against all odds.

Help us inspire next-generation entrepreneurship amidst the brightest minds in the Southeast and beyond!

Please refer to the rules section for the comprehensive rules and submission guidelines.

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Prizes

$10,000 in prizes

HackATL 2021: First Place

HackATL 2021: Second Place

HackATL 2021: Third Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

Submissions must include the team name used when registering your team and a description with the team members, a problem statement,  and which group it serves. Submissions should include at least a presentation slide deck and a prototype, or simulation where applicable, along with a proposal of next steps, the path forward, and a description of the necessary resources and plan to implement the project. Product or prototype video demonstrations are permitted and should be embedded in the presentation as a link to Youtube or Vimeo. 

The submission requires a live presentation component. On the final day of HackATL, teams will conduct live remote presentations to judges for the preliminary round. Should the team advance to the final round, the team will conduct another live remote presentation on that same day to judges for the final round.

We only accept project submissions created during HackATL. Please do not submit previous projects or updates to projects that already exist or are already under development.

Submission must either be in English or include an English translation.

Participants may submit only one project. Each participant may only be a part of one team.

Please refer to the HackATL Education Packet featured on www.hackatl.org for additional resources.

Judges

Nolan Code

Nolan Code
Microsoft

Jonathan Reed
Microsoft

Apurva

Apurva
Microsoft

Manny Aparaschivei

Manny Aparaschivei
Microsoft

Sneha Niyogi

Sneha Niyogi
Microsoft

Brock Davis

Brock Davis
Microsoft

Ukachi Okoli

Ukachi Okoli
Microsoft

Benn Konsynski

Benn Konsynski
Emory University

Sig Mosley

Sig Mosley
Mosley Ventures

Anubha Jayaswal

Anubha Jayaswal
Cox Communications

Brenton Strine

Brenton Strine
Refcode

Joyce Freeland

Joyce Freeland
King & Spalding

Kent Keirsey

Kent Keirsey
Product404

John Brandon

John Brandon
Mississippi College

Cam Duncan

Cam Duncan
Clutch / Cox Auto Mobility

Navtej Singh Saini

Navtej Singh Saini
Microsoft

Richard Lee

Richard Lee
Rangr

Juliana Neelbauer

Juliana Neelbauer
Drew, Eckl & Farnham LLP

Jeffrey Meng

Jeffrey Meng
Kuaishou

Marielle Manganaan

Marielle Manganaan
Mailchimp

Almas M.

Almas M.
Microsoft

Judging Criteria

  • Idea - 20%
    How well does your idea fit the theme? Is it unique? Does it present a solution to a current problem?
  • MVP - 35%
    How well does your product/application function? Have you prepared something fairly sophisticated in preparation for the pitch?
  • Start-Up Potential - 35%
    Do you have a clearly defined go-to-market strategy and is the delivery of your solution realistic and feasible?
  • Presentation - 10%
    Was your presentation clear, effective, and within the allotted time limit?

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