No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea or pain point you've been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. Each idea or pain point pitch is limited to 60 seconds.
For those teams wishing to build physical prototypes, we will have a limited selection of prototyping supplies including LEGOs, Arduinos, foam, and craft supplies. If the supplies we provide do not meet your team’s needs, you are more than welcome to obtain what you need from nearby stores.
There is a wealth of intellectual prowess at the hackathon, and we encourage participants to seek advice and guidance from the mentors, speakers, and organizers who will be available throughout the weekend as you develop your solution and final presentation pitch. The mentors, speakers, and organizers have diverse backgrounds ranging from healthcare, business, entrepreneurship, engineering, software and app development, marketing and design, and regulatory.
For the final presentations on Saturday afternoon, each team will have a maximum of 3 minutes to pitch (recommended 1 min problem statement and background / customer validation, 1 min prototype or solution demonstration, 1 min business case), followed by up to 2 minutes of Q&A from the judges. After the last team has pitched, judges will deliberate, and winners will be announced at the end of the event. Award categories and prizes TBA.
We encourage teams to continue working even after the hackathon, and have programs and resources to help you take what you’ve done to the next level, but ultimately the decision is completely up to you and your team whether you wish to continue.