Form a team, Create a prototype, Win the pitch, Build the future: HackOps
Harbor Entrepreneur Center, April 19-21st 2024
What to build?
The goal of HackOps is to bring together the tech and business communities to build innovative startups using the latest technology. In 48 hours, participants will form teams, then create both a prototype and a pitch for their best collective idea that addresses an issue impacting our community.
The project must be socially responsible, technologically innovative, and viable as a business. The teams will be evaluated on their project's creativity, impact, technical feasibility and scalability. The winning teams will recieve prize support and resources to help turn their tech-driven idea into a reality and make a positive impact on the community.
What to Submit
Live tech demo and pitch: Teams will give a 5-minute presentation that pitches the project and shows the prototype built during the hack. The pitch should be a concise yet complete view of an idea, including:
- The Problem
- Your Solution (demo this)
- Business Model
- Your Team
- Next Steps
The team will pitch to the HackOps audience and judges at the end of the final day. There will be a Q & A session after each of the pitches. Teams must upload their presentation materials to Devpost. Following a traditional pitch structure such as Guy Kawasaki's Only 10 Slides You Need in Your Pitch will give you a strong framework. You could also consider using a business model canvas such as the Lean Canvas to help guide your thinking and build out the business model portion of the pitch.
To be announced
Prizes will be announced as we approach the event date. Stay tuned!
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Honors College Faculty Fellow, College of Charleston
Founder & President, GoodUnited
Product Consultant, CharlestonHacks
Faculty Member, Entrepreneurship, College of Charleston School of Business
Fractional COO, Consultant
Economic Development Manager /Town of Mount Pleasant
Partner/Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Head of Growth/Enok Collective
Vice President /Teamworthy Ventures
Digital Community Architect at g/d/n/a
How the solution pushes the boundaries of current technology or addresses existing challenges in a new and innovative way.
The complexity of the technical implementation or the challenge addressed.
How well was the idea executed and implemented within the given time frame.
How well the team communicates their idea, demonstrating it's value and potential impact.
The visual appeal and strength of the user experience.
Whether the solution considers ethical implications and adheres to principles such as privacy, security, fairness and inclusivity.
How well does the proposal identify the monetization strategy.
How well does the functionality of the application solve the problem it addresses and the value and the unique or creative solutions it provides.
Are there existing available commercial or non-commercial solutions for what was created? Does the application addresses a currently unaddressed problem? How different is the product from existing solutions?
How well the proposal identifies the addressable market and the target customer.
The competitive advantages of the application.
Additional Judging Criteria
Additional judging criteria to follow.