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Philly EdTech Meetup Message Board › EdTech Hackathon with Prizes!

EdTech Hackathon with Prizes!

Mary Beth H.
Fellow EdTech enthusiasts,

This weekend, AT&T is hosting a hackathon based around education apps and websites. This will be a chance to continue TechCamp projects or start new ones for the edtech competition being hosted by Devnuts during Tech Week.

To register: http://hackphilly.eve...­

From the event registration page:


The AT&T Edutech Hackathon is opening its doors on April 5th and 6th at Temple University's Alter Hall to anyone interested in creating mobile and web applications that can help impact Philadelphia's education community.

AT&T, Temple University's Urban Apps & Maps, Jarvus Innovations, andTechnically Philly are keeping the momentum moving after TechCamp Education: Philadelphia, where nearly 20 projects were started that could impact students, educators and parents in Philadelphia. We want to give those groups the chance to continue working on their ideas and with the support of all of our partners, we're inviting new groups to get involved and tackle REAL education problems identified by the School District of Philadelphia and other prominent members of the education community.

AT&T's Developer Program team, which organizes hackathons across the U.S., is offering prizes, experience, support and more to help you learn about new technologies and crank out innovative apps in just 24 hours. This supercharged event begins Friday night with lightning talks where technology sponsors and educators introduce developers to exciting new platforms or tools to build smarter and faster. By asking the question “what if...” attendees are able to explore the fringes of technology and the physical world to depths that you and I have only dreamed about. Bring a friend as you travel down this path of app creation and work collectively to turn your concepts into reality.

We Supply: Quick presentations and code samples that help to bootstrap your hacking, food to keep you going (thanks to Temple University's Institute for Business and Information Technology), and caffeine to keep you awake. Along with technical senseis to assist you in building faster, smarter, and with new tools.

You Bring: Your laptop, skills & ideas. Come with a collaborative, team focused mindset and/or team up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ via the #atthack hashtag. Whether you are a backend person and code in Ruby/PHP/.NET or are a designer and only work with Illustrator, you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your development skills are needed!

Event Schedule. The following is a list of the weekends agenda:

  • 06PM - Friday Evening - Kickoff event with drinks, networking and dinner!
  • 07PM - Friday Evening - Lightning talks from the guest speakers listed below
  • 08PM - Friday Evening - Idea pitches and team formation

  • 10AM - Saturday Morning - The fun continues with an all day hackathon. Work with the teams that you formed on Friday night to produce the app spec’d out the night before. Senseis will be available throughout the entire event to help you code up your solution. App submissions will be accepted throughout the day with a deadline of 6PM.

  • 06PM - Saturday Evening - Promptly at 6PM, teams will begin pitching their ventures with direct immediate feedback from a panel of judges. Finalists will be chosen who will compete for prizes later during the April 23rd Philly Tech Week Demo presentation event "Switch Philly."


  • April 8 - Wednesday - at Devnuts: Teams will continue to polish their projects for the Philly Tech Week demo presentation, where prizes will be awarded.
  • April 15 - Wednesday - at Devnuts: Teams will continue to polish their projects for the Philly Tech Week demo presentation, where prizes will be awarded.
  • April 22 - Monday - at Temple University: During the Urban Apps & Maps Open House, Temple Students will make demo presentations and Temple Student awards will be announced.

Prizes. The following prizes are experiential and geared towards accelerating you towards a successful business as well as expanding your network and industry knowledge:

  • Grand Prize - $5,000 startup grant, plus business services provided in-kind from local partners (TBD)
  • Idea Prize - One free month of Azure (no CC required) and Azure Services

And through the generous support of Temple University's Computer Services, Temple University Student teams will have additional award opportunities:

  • 1st Place Temple Student Prize: $2,500
  • 2nd Place Temple Student Prize: $1,500
  • 3rd Place Temple Student Prize: $1,000

Judging Criteria. Apps will be judged based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly.

  • 33% Weight - Concept

  • 33% Weight - Development progress

  • 33% Weight - Implementation opportunity

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