Any graduate or undergraduate college student. Teams must be a majority of Pitt students. No experience is required!
What is Blue Hack?
Blue Hack is a friendly competition that drives real results! You and your team will embark on a two-day journey that will drive both IBM's business and society forward.
On the first day, come with your team (or form your own team here) and decide in which category you will work (see below). Then brainstorm and work with mentors and entrepreneurs in residence to move your idea forward!
On the second day, teams pitch their ideas to see who wins cash prizes!
Challenge Categories : TBD
Be sure to check out the tutorial videos provided by IBM prior to the event.
When: October 26 & 27, 2019
Saturday (9 a.m.) & Sunday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) *tentative
135 North Bellefield Ave, 3rd Floor (on Bellefield between Fifth Ave and Bayard)
Saturday October 26
9:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
9:30 a.m. Introductions: Dean of School of Computing and Information (SCI), Paul Cohen,
IBM, Amerisource Bergen, Big Idea Center/Innovation Institute
9:45 a.m. IBM explains what a BlueHack is, goals, outcomes, & Q&A
10:30 am Networking + teams formed, start ideating (can go to respective challenge rooms)
11:30 a.m. Lunch (mentors arrive)
12:00-6 p.m. Mentors start working with teams
6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Work!
12:30 a.m. Goodnight! (Everyone should leave the building for the night.)
*Note: IBM and Big Idea Center will offer various “Pump Ups” throughout the weekend. These fun short activities will be announced at the time.
Sunday October 27
8:00 a.m. Building re-opens! Rise and shine!
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-2:00 p.m. Teams work
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Presentation Decks Due
2:00-4:00 p.m. Judging
4:00 p.m. Awards and reception
5 p.m. Whew! Congrats!!!!! Time to go home!
In collaboration with the Swanson School of Engineering and the School of Computing and Information.
* Note: Saturday the space will open at 8 a.m. for you to work freely and eat breakfast, but don't worry if you don't get there until 9 a.m.