The Howard University School of Business, Department of Information Systems is proud to present the Annual #BISONHACKS Hackathon beginning on Friday, March 19, 2021.

#BISONHACKS Hackathon is an event coordinated by the Howard University School of Business (Department of Information Systems) The Hackathon encourages 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 competition.

Hackathon Schedule

Friday, March 19, 2021

  • 10:30 AM | Registration and Networking
  • 11:30 AM | Opening Ceremony (Sponsor Remarks)
  • 1:00 PM   | Coding Begins
  • 11:30 PM | Platform Closes

Saturday, March 20, 2021

  • 7:00 AM | Platform Opens
  • 1:00 PM | Projects Due
  • 1:30 PM | Team Technical Check-In
  • 2:00 PM | Project Presentations
  • 4:00 PM | Judging Session
  • 5:00 PM | Award Ceremony

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  • To sign up for the hackathon you must signup through Eventbrite. This is the link here.
  • You must be 18 years old or older, a full-time undergraduate and currently enrolled in a United States 2 to 4 year college or university.


Presentations should be submitted by Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 1 PM.
In order to submit, all files must be uploaded to GitHub by the designated time.
All submissions must include a 3 minute (MAX) demonstration (e.g. PowerPoint, a walkthrough of the software/solution, etc.) with an additional 1 minute allotted for questions

Hackathon Sponsors


$12,500 in prizes

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Best Innovation

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Nikki Montgomery

Nikki Montgomery

Herbert Frederick

Herbert Frederick

Christian Taylor

Christian Taylor

Milo Wilson

Milo Wilson

Brandon Coates

Brandon Coates

Judging Criteria

  • Business Model
    Outside of technical impressiveness in the project, during this hackathon judges will be looking for how teams communicate customer validation (Who are your users?) and acquisition strategy (How will you attract your users?).
  • Impact
    In this category, we are looking for key factors that shows how the team's idea is scalable and give a clear measure as to how their solution makes an impact on the user's life.
  • Technical
    In the midst of the given 24 hours, the judges will be looking for an established minimum viable product and a working prototype. This can range from a web application, mobile application or an IoT.
  • Design and User Experience
    The teams final minimum viable product and prototype should achieve an engaging and memorable user experience. This means having a clear interface that is intuitive for users that come from different backgrounds.
  • Presentation
    Teams will be rated based on the presentation layout and articulation of their solution. This means how well was the team able to communicate their target audience, problems they are solving and how their product is the solution to that problem.

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