TechBuffalo and UB Blackstone Launchpad are hosting “Innovate Our Ecosystem,” a 72-hour Hackathon challenging UB student teams to develop technical solutions to accelerate the growth of our regions’ tech and start-up landscape.
"Tech for Community Engagement" Design a tech solution for boosting community involvement and shaping Buffalo's tech and start-up scene through interactive apps, gamification, AR experiences, etc.
"Tech for Community Connection" Craft a platform linking students, pros, tech firms, and schools, driving skill growth, mentorship, and networking in Buffalo's tech and start-up landscape.
"Tech for Community Amplification" Devise a tech solution showcasing how AI, IoT, blockchain, or other technologies can supercharge Buffalo's tech and startup sectors, drawing job seekers and tech experts to Western NY.
Things to consider:
Do some research on what Buffalo’s tech and startup scene currently looks like. Ask your mentors! They are currently working in these industries!
Friday, September 15
Location: Student Union Auditorium and Atrium
11:00 – 11:30 | Speaker, John Hill - TechStars
11:30 – 12:00 | Hackathon Intro Presentation
12:00 – 12:30 | Team Selection
12:30 | Hackathon Begins
12:30 – 1:30 | Working Lunch
12:30 – 6:30 | Hacking, Mentors Available
5:30 – 6:30 | Working Dinner
After 6:30 | Continue working in library, student union, etc.
Saturday, September 16
All Day | Independent Team Work
11:00 – 5:00pm | Mentors Available via Zoom
Sunday, September 17
All Day | Independent Team Work
10:00 – 1:00pm | Mentors Available via Zoom
Monday, September 18
Location: Student Union 235
12:30 | All projects submitted to Devpost
1:00 – 2:30 | Teams final prep, pitch practice with a TechBuffalo or Blackstone rep, snacks available
2:00 – 2:30 | Judges pre-meeting
2:30 – 4:00 | Judging, (Groups of 2-3 judges meet with up to 7-10 groups – judges preassigned teams)
4:00 – 4:45 | Deliberations
4:45 – 5:15 | Awards Ceremony
You are required to develop and showcase in your pitch:
Figma or visual mockup/prototype of your solution to demonstrate the basic functionality and user interactions
MVP which includes essential features and functionalities to address the main use case
Demo showcasing the working functionality of the software product
Presentation details: Team name, names of teammates, challenge statement selected, mentors you worked with (at least 2)
You will be judged on:
Impact and feasibility
Innovation and creativity
Presentation and communication
Potential for future development
$2,200 in prizes
Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Generation
Each member of the winning team will get a pair of Apple AirPods Pro, 2nd Generation
Play Station Classic
Each member of the 2nd place team will get a Play Station Classic.
BANGE Smart Backpack
Each member of the 3rd place team will get a BANGE Business Laptop Smart Backpack
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Level/Good Neighbor Fund
Impact and Feasibility
To earn maximum points, the project must demonstrate a clear and substantial impact on the selected problem statement. It is highly feasible for implementation, taking into account resource requirements and potential obstacles.
Innovation and Creativity
To earn maximum points, the project must exhibit exceptional creativity and innovation in its approach, concept, and technology. It introduces novel ideas or solutions that stand out and push boundaries.
Presentation and Communication
To earn maximum points, the presentation must be exceptionally clear, engaging, and well-structured. It effectively conveys the challenge selected and the team’s solution. The team presents confidently and effectively explains their project.
Potential for Future Development
To earn maximum points, the project must have clear potential for future development and expansion. It outlines a roadmap for scaling, improving, and evolving the solution.
To earn maximum points, the project is technically flawless, demonstrating a high level of proficiency in design, coding, and implementation. All project requirements are included. The team effectively explain their project to non-technical judges.