Do you have a new venture idea addressing a problem affecting people or the planet? Do you want to reinvent or improve an existing business venture doing so? Are you looking to join one of these teams?
This session will serve as an important orientation session for all Hackathon participants.
Our agenda includes updates of registered participants, including speakers, mentors, and judges. All founders will introduce themselves for 30 seconds. Please focus on four key elements:
Who you are.
The problem you are trying to address.
The solution you are proposing.
How you would like assistance.
It is better to speak slowly, casually, and cover less than to rush through your introduction. You will get a chance to elaborate on your venture via the breakout groups and follow up on Slack. Please share your personal insight into the problem and what has prompted you to initiate your founder’s journey. The remaining time will be given to networking between founders and potential team members.
About the Hackathon Hacking for Humanity at Columbia University will harness the diverse talent and resources of the campus community and beyond to solve pressing global challenges affecting people and the planet. Such solutions will leverage new technologies and span a broad range of industries.
For three days (September 10–12), students, alumni, and researchers from across the campus will form interdisciplinary teams to design and develop innovative solutions to urgent problems, refine their ideas with advice from experienced mentors, and pitch their startups to expert judges.
These venture teams will develop valuable entrepreneurial experience, build professional relationships inside and outside the University, and compete to win both awards and prizes to further develop their ventures.
How do I participate?
The Hackathon is open to those in the cross-campus community and beyond who are interested in startups that are solving urgent global challenges. Below are examples of ways you can get involved:
Students can join as founders seeking teammates or individuals seeking a venture to join. For additional programming prior to the Hackathon, students can apply to take the Social Venture Incubator course, a half-semester course from October to December 2021 to continue developing their ventures!
Alumni can join as founders seeking teammates, individuals seeking a venture to join, as a mentor, or as a judge (investors preferred).
Researchers, faculty, professionals, and community experts can work with teams as founders, mentors, and advisors.