October 16th - 18th 2015

About HackATL

Join us this fall in Atlanta for the third annual HackATL, the largest business hackathon in the Southeast. Students, professionals and mentors will come together from around the world for the ultimate innovative experience. Form teams with other undergraduate students to create startup businesses and pitch them to real investors. Register now for this unique opportunity to network with your fellow peers and get a chance to win BIG prizes!

Why HackATL?

We do it differently. Dynamic teams possess members with skills from programming to design, allowing you to make the next big thing, while we provide the resources to do it.

Can't Code?

No worries! You don’t need to be a programmer to participate. This is a business hackathon, which means anyone with a bright idea and interest is welcome!

When and Where

October 16th-18th at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Applications close Oct. 8th so apply now!


*Events without specified room numbers are to be held in Coke Commons, the central multipurpose area.

Friday, October 16th


5:00 PM – Registration

6:00 PM – Dinner*

7:00 PM – Opening Ceremony - GBS 130

8:00 PM – Team Forming, Networking, Open Mic - GBS 130

9:00 PM – Workshop: Microsoft Team “How to Win the #BestMicrosoftHack” – GBS 130

12:00 AM – Midnight Cookies & Milk - GBS

Saturday, October 17th


10:00 AM – Brunch

1:00 PM – Workshop: Brock Kolls “Exploring a Patenting Technique” – GBS 331

2:00 PM – Workshop: Entrepreneurial Panel – GBS 302

3:00 PM – Snacks

4:00 PM – Workshop: Steve Greenfield “Entrepreneurial Journey” – GBS 304

5:00 PM – Workshop: Kurt Uhlir “How to Best Present Your Business” – GBS 334

6:00 PM – Dinner

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM – Mentoring

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Pitch Practice - GBS130

12:00 AM – Midnight Pizza & Fun

Sunday, October 18th


9:30 AM – Breakfast

10:00 AM – First Round of Judging

11:45 AM – Lunch

12:30 PM – Final Round Judging - GBS 130

1:30 PM – Closing Ceremony & Awards - GBS 130

2:30 PM – See You Next Year!



Who can participate?

This year, we have made some changes. All undergraduates of any background can compete for prizes. Everyone else is welcome to attend workshops and speaker series.

What if I want to participate but don’t have a team?

No worries! You can build your team or join an existing team through our participants Facebook page or through our dinner and networking session on the first day of HackATL. Right after the introductory ceremony, we will have dinner followed by time to network to build or join a team. Also, upon acceptance, we ask that you join the participant's Facebook page where you can post your ideas or your skills.

What is a startup hackathon?

A startup hackathon is an event where hackers (developers & engineers), hipsters (designers) and hustlers (business-types) come together to develop a viable business idea from scratch in a set amount of time - in our case [36] hours.

What if I don’t know how to code?

According to Forbes Magazine, startups need three members - the hackers, the hustlers and the hipsters. Whether you are a technical genius, a creative prodigy, or a practical business-type, there is a need for you.

What do I need to bring?

Bring: Laptop + charger, phone charger and a strong work ethic. Recommended: Change of clothes, toothbrush + toothpaste, additional electronics that you work best with (drawing tablets, monitors, mouse, keyboard etc.). Do Not Bring: Food, pessimism, alcohol or drugs, firearms… if an airplane won’t allow it we probably won’t.

Does it have to be a new idea or can I work on a past project?

It doesn’t have to be a new idea, but you cannot have any previous code, presentation materials, financial forecasts, or designs. Come with an undeveloped idea or be open to finding one.

What should I prepare for judging?

We will release the specific evaluation criteria as we get closer to the event. However, in general you should have a minimum viable product (barebones prototype), financial plans, and a one-page executive summary. The final presentations will be in the form of a pitch for investment.

Do we need to stay for the entire length of the event?

This isn’t high-school so we can’t get you for truancy, but please, if we accept you into the event, plan to stay for the whole thing. You don’t have to be there the whole time, but pitch in your fair share to your team and be there for the final presentation.

Do you provide reimbursement?

As of now, we are unable to provide transportation reimbursements. However, we will give an update as we get closer to the event.

Do Emory students need to apply?

Yes. Although the event is hosted at Emory University, the event is open to all undergraduate college students and therefore all Emory and non-Emory students can apply.


Team Submission

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