May
2017
22

VetsinTech Hackathon @ Facebook

Description

VetsInTech Hackathon @ Facebook 

In honor of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veteran entrepreneurs [vetrepreneurs], join VetsinTech & Facebook as we support aspiring & current vetrepreneurs in a fast paced hackathon where teams are formed around ideas, ideas are refined into pitches, and tech prototypes are created for next generation technology to strengthen our community. 

Veterans are natural born entrepreneurs who bring leadership, decisionmaking, persistence, and attention to detail to a team. During the event, attendees will also hear from successful Veterans and industry leaders about the value of driving innovation to disrupt their respective markets. In this full day event, teams will work with Facebook mentors and fellow veteran entrepreneurs to pitch and demo their product/service to a panel of judges. Top winners will receive prizes. 

Competition Guidelines:

Veterans can pitch an idea or join a team 

Teams of approximately 5-10 people will be formed

Skills can range from product, marketing, engineering and general business (coding not required)

Registered idea generators are given 1 minute to pitch a product/service concept to a tech audience at the beginning of the event. Attending veterans and mentors pre-select the best ideas that will be developed into applications during the day, teams are formed, and the competition begins!

Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30am:  Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45am:  Welcome | Facebook and VetsinTech

9:45 – 10:30am:  Ideas & Pitches

10:30 – 12:00  Team Formation | Hackathon Begins

12:00 – 12:45pm:  Keynote Speaker | Lunch

12:45 – 1:00pm:  Break

1:00 – 1:30pm:  FbStart Team Presentation for Startups 

1:30 – 5:30pm:  FB + ViT mentors | Teamwork

6:00 – 7:00pm:  Dinner | Veteran Entrepreneur Spotlights 

7:00pm – 8:30pm:  Final Pitch Event to Judges | Prizes Awarded

What to expect:

Expect to find the complementary skills that help you to connect in the tech community. Be open, share your ideas and don’t hold back – Ideas without actions are usually called dreams!

Expect to meet inspiring community leaders and other talented veterans to work under time pressure to build a minimum viable product. 

Expect to gain valuable feedback and insight not only from your teammates but also from other participants and the all-star panel of judges.