The Howard University School of Business, Department of Information Systems is proud to present the 3rd Annual #HUHACKS Hackathon beginning on Friday, March 24, 2017 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC.

#HUHACKS Hackathon is an event coordinated by the Howard University School of Business (Department of Information Systems) with this year's theme being “The Smart Life. " This theme will center around allowing people to live and work in an easier, more efficient, and happy way. The Hackathon encourage's participants to develop applications and innovations that automate, alert, organize, encourage, and educate. The hackathon is an opportunity for students to come together and bring their innovative ideas to life. In less than 24 hours students working either individually or in a team as large as four can create applications on whatever platform they desire. 

We want you to take advantage of every second you can to score some sweet prizes. Are you a hacking novice? No problem. We will be hosting some introductory boot camps to get you up to speed on the basics of building an app, developing a business plan, and a sales pitch.  Keep your eyes and ears open, and you'll learn more here in 24 hours than you ever would in school. Hackathons are as much a learning experience as they are a competition.

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Hackathon prizes include:

First Place Prize - $3000 per team

Second Place Prize - $2000 per team

Third Place Prize - $1500 per team

Innovation/IoT & Business Pitch Prize - $800 per team

HUHACKS are open to students at Howard University and any other colleges/universities. Registration is free, but space is limited, so be sure to sign up TODAY!  


Boot Camp Schedule - Room 400, School of Business @ Howard University

-- Monday, March 6, 2017 5:00 pm

Front-End Development Boot Camp

-- Wednesday, March 8, 2017 6:00 pm

Back-End Development Boot Camp

-- Tuesday, March 21, 2017 6:00 pm


-- Wednesday, March 22, 2017 5:00 pm


Business Plan & Sales Pitch Boot Camp

Hackathon Schedule

-- Friday, March 24, 2017

5:00 PM Check-in/ Dinner

6:00 PM Opening Remarks/ Reading of Rules/ Team Creation

7:00 PM Break out into teams

10:00 PM Snacks

-- Saturday, March 25, 2017

8:00 AM Breakfast

1:00 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Final Presentation and Code due

3:00 PM Final Presentations

5:00 PM Awards/ Closing Remarks

6:00 PM Closing


Students enrolled at any College or University with ID, 18 years of age or older.

Team sizes can be a maximum of 4 participants. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,600 in prizes

First Place Prize

Second Place Prize

Third Place Prize


Business Pitch

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dr. Morgan

Dr. Morgan
HU- School of Business

Phillip Bauman

Phillip Bauman

Kim Holt

Kim Holt
UX Designer

Aziza Jefferson

Aziza Jefferson

Matt Fante

Matt Fante
Chief of Innovation

Gilbert Campbell

Gilbert Campbell

Judging Criteria

  • Business Model
    Have you developed a solid customer validation and acquisition strategy? How will you attract users? How will your business be sustainable?
  • Impact
    Does your technology demonstrate a scalable and unique way of improving the quality of a user's life?
  • Technical
    Have you created a minimal viable product, a working prototype, or a fully functioning product? Is the solution more technically challenging than the others? Does the app work completely from start to finish?
  • Design/User Experience
    Does the app's UI look sloppy or is it professional? Is it a compelling user experience? Is the app easy to use? Does the app's workflow make sense? is it intuitive?
  • Presentation Quality
    Did the team stay within the time limit of their presentation? Was the team able to communicate their ideas and translate it to the app they produced? Was the presentation engaging or professional?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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