This weekend, over 800 college and graduate students will come together for hackATL and build a complete business in 48 hours. Groups of students conceptualize a project on Friday night and then present the entire proposition on Saturday. The winner is connected with mentors and venture capitalists after just 48 hours.
This competition is a fascinating condensed lesson in project management. Participants need to build a team with complete strangers, convince them that their idea will work, develop the technology, identify their target audience, put together a marketing plan — and if your head was not already spinning — pitch the whole thing to a room filled with REAL investors.
HackATL is hosted by Emory Entrepreneurship and Venture Management, a community of innovators dedicated to finding faster connections between talent, ideas and capital. EEVM President, Jeff Meng, says, “HackATL is a really interesting experience. Our goal with HackATL is to kickstart entrepreneurship and we’ve seen some fascinating technology. There were hackathons in other parts of the country, but nothing here in Atlanta. We want to build this community between innovators.”
HackATL is in its second year, doubling in this year’s participants. Key speakers include Sanjay Park, the organizer of Startup Riot, Natalia Livingston, an actress from General Hospital, the founders of Yik Yak, Emory student Dominique Barfield, who founded and sold Brotips, and the CEO of Cinnabon.
You can still register for hackATL, which is November 7-9.