UMSL|Hack 2017: #startuplife

#startuplife hits UMSL: The University of Missouri - St. Louis is hosting a hackathon, UMSL|Hack, in partnership with LaunchCode and UMSL | Accelerate from March 3rd to 5th at Express Scripts Hall (ESH) on its North campus.

Building on the success of UMSL's annual Women's Hackathon, which recently completed its 3rd year running, UMSL|Hack 2017 #startuplife will be the school's first official co-ed hackathon. The event is presented by the Information Systems Programming Club and the Information Systems Department.

This event is open to all UMSL students and is also open to current LaunchCode students. The St. Louis-based nationwide LaunchCode program currently has an LC101 cohort meeting at area host schools UMSL and St. Louis Community College on Mon. and Thu. evenings. 

UMSL|Hack will run from 4pm on Friday, March 3rd to 4pm on Sunday, March 5th. The event focuses on the spirit of teamwork, learning, competition and entrepreneurship to guide students towards a successful future as business and technology leaders.

There is currently explosive growth occurring in the St. Louis-area tech-based startup scene. The current "River City Rush" around the city is being likened to the emergence of a newfound "Silicon Valley" here in the Midwest. There are thriving startups and startup communities emerging and seeing success in St. Louis, including both seasoned enterprises spinning off statellite agile operations and a myriad of up-and-coming entrepreneurial-minded startup companies entering the stage.

St. Louis is now proud home to several innovative co-working facilities where many these startups operate: Cortex, T-REX and OPO Startups, to name a few. There are also many networking startup-oriented events such as Venture Cafe, held every Thursday evening at Cortex, which celebrate the booming startup scene occuring in this city and around the country. The city also just recently held a $1 million dollar civic-oriented hackathon with GlobalHack VI.

The time is now to strike while the technology iron is hot. The UMSL|Hack #startuplife hackathon is a unique opportunity to bring together UMSL students with these exciting local businesses and startup operations for shared entrepreneurial challenge and community.

The central challenge of the event is to come together to bring about improvements to the university's technology situation, along with forming the basis of a startup company. In true startup spirit, over the course of the 48 hour event (4pm Friday, March 3rd to 4pm Sunday, March 5th), participant teams will approach the problem statement with the goal of producing a model or prototype of an idea to solve an UMSL technology problem or generate improvements to current UMSL technology, around which they will have an opportunity to form a company and take their idea to market.

The winning team will enter a business incubation and accelerator phase powered by UMSL | Accelerate, during which they will receive access to startup funding and resources. The winning technology will be versatile and extensible and should have potential implementation across other universities and institutions.

This is a free event, there is no admissions fee.

UMSL students who participate in the event are eligible to receive extra credit in classes from participating professors. There will also be cash prizes and sponsor prizes. Participating UMSL|Hack sponsors and partner organizations will send mentors to the event. It will be an excellent opportunity for all participants to rub shoulders and interface directly with members of the business and startup community at the ground level and gain an inside perspective and experience into #startuplife. Win or lose, hackathon experience is an excellent overall experience and solid resume material.

This will be an amazing networking opportunity; participants will gain valuable contacts, allies, business relationships and friendships that will aide them in their future careers or business aspirations. 

Whether you are a seasoned hackathon participant or this is your very first hackathon, UMSL|Hack is sure to be an amazing, worthwhile event.

Register today right here on Devpost to join the UMSL|Hack #startuplife hackathon! 

To volunteer go to UMSL|Hack Volunteers/Mentors

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Eligibility

Current UMSL students and current LaunchCode students are eligible to participate. We welcome all participants regardless of your business or technical acumen. Show up, have fun and learn something! This will be a positive and safe creative environment.

Requirements

Eligible submissions will be in the form of prototype, app or presentation and evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the UMSLHack organizing committee. Participants will submit their work here on the UMSLHack Devpost.

How to enter

Register here on Devpost to join the hackathon. You may form a team ahead of time, or simply come as you are and join a team the day of the event. Teams will consist of 4 to 6 members. See Rules for more details.

Judges

Chancellor Thomas F. George

Chancellor Thomas F. George
UMSL Chancellor

Matt Menietti

Matt Menietti
Executive Director of GlobalHack

Col. Terrence Adams

Col. Terrence Adams
Commander of 375th Communications Group at Scott AFB

Chad Compton

Chad Compton
Founder and CEO, Hive Network

Jacob White

Jacob White
Director of Web Development at Caleres, 1st place team at GlobalHack VI

Sean Walsh

Sean Walsh
Cofounder and Managing Director of 1904Labs, 2nd place team at GlobalHack VI

Dan Reus

Dan Reus
Founder, Openly Disruptive

Jo Otey

Jo Otey
Business Development Manager at Microsoft

Arika Parr

Arika Parr
Community Development Manager at Microsoft

Gavan Day

Gavan Day
Director of Talent Acquisition at Slalom Consulting

Kathy Heffern

Kathy Heffern
Software Engineer at LaunchCode

Sally Steuterman

Sally Steuterman
Candidate Engagement Manager at LaunchCode

Ola Ayeni

Ola Ayeni
Founder, Claim Academy

John Pae

John Pae
Manager - Deal Execution at Accenture

Mark Whaley

Mark Whaley
Director - Digital Innovation Emtec Inc.

Judging Criteria

  • Solves the Problem Statement
  • Usability
  • Functionality
  • Creativity
  • Running App
  • Pitch
  • Complexity of Problem / Solution
  • Future Business Value