UMSL|Hack1.5 : #GotApi?

#GotApi? hits UMSL: The University of Missouri - St. Louis is hosting a hackathon, UMSL|Hack, from September 29th to 30th at Express Scripts Hall (ESH) on its North campus.

Building on the success of UMSL|Hack #startuplife, hosted last semester it was 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 adult students nationwide, regardless of chosen major or program. You do not have to be part of an official college curriculum to join but you must be part of an organized learning program and be able to provide proof of current membership at the time of registration.  An example would be Launch Code or Code Academy.  Students that have graduated within the past year from a formal institution are still eligible to register but must be able to show of eligibility at registration.

UMSL|Hack will run from 5 pm on Friday, September 29th to 7 pm on Saturday, September 30th. The event focuses on the spirit of teamwork, learning, competition, and entrepreneurship to guide students towards a successful future as business and technology leaders.

The central challenge of the event is to come together to improve and enhance students’ knowledge about the power of APIs and their potential to transform business. In true hackathon spirit, over the course of the 24-hour event (5pm Friday, September 29th to 7pm Saturday, September 30th), participant teams will approach the problem statement with the goal of producing a prototype of an idea to solve a problem related to the theme Got API?

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

UMSL students who participate in the event may be eligible to receive extra credit in classes from participating professors. There will also be 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 professional mentors who work within the IT community. Display their work to sponsoring companies, recruiters and gain an invaluable learning opportunity.  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 #GotApi? hackathon! 

To volunteer go to UMSL|Hack Volunteers/Mentors

View full rules

Eligibility

 This event is open to all adult students nationwide, regardless of chosen major or program. You do not have to be part of an official college curriculum to join but you must be part of an organized learning program and be able to provide proof of current membership at the time of registration. 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.

 

Registrants who cannot provide proof of eligibility at the time of registration will not be permitted to participate in the event.

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 at umslhack.herokuapp.com 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.t 

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