Any graduate or undergraduate college student at any level from any discipline. 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 prizes!
Each year there is a Challenge category that the hackathon focuses on.
2020 Challenge: TBD! Stay tuned for updates!
2019's Challenge Categories : Healthcare
Here's an example of what our BlueHack schedule was like from 2019:
When: BlueHack takes place over 2 days! Usually in late October
Saturday (8 a.m.) & Sunday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) *tentative
8:00 a.m. Check-in and breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Introductions & Overview of BlueHack
9:45 a.m. Begin BlueHack! (Define Concept & Value)
11:15 am Playback
12:00 p.m. Working Lunch
12:30 p.m. Prove It Is Doable
3:30 p.m. Build Business/Impact Model
6:00 p.m. Dinner & Discussion!
8:00 p.m. Optional continue to work
9:00 a.m. Welcome Back & Recap
9:15 a.m. Activities Kick-Off
9:30 a.m. Making a Good Pitch
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Business pitch to sharks
4:00 p.m. Awards and reception
In collaboration with the Swanson School of Engineering, the School of Computing and Information, the Pitt Career Center, Pitt Alumni Relations, & the Pitt Big Idea Center
* 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.