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IBM Bluehack 

October 26 and 27, 2019



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!


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Challenge Categories : TBD 


2019 Bluehack

When: October 26 & 27, 2019

Saturday (9 a.m.) & Sunday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) *tentative


Where: 3rd Floor, Information Sciences Building

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!

Midnight              Pizza! 

12:30 a.m.            Goodnight! (Everyone should leave the building for the night.) 

Pizza Delivery Saturday @ Midnight copy

*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.

Interested in the next Bluehack? Sign-up below.


Who can participate?

Any graduate or undergraduate college student. Teams must be a majority of Pitt students. No experience is required!

What's a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where people come together, break into teams, and develop cool solutions to problems in a limited amount of time.

Do I need a team?

Yes, you can form a team before registering and apply as a team. Or, you can join a team once there. (Teams should have no more than 5 members.)
If you do not have a team:
1. Find one here on Team Finder
2. You can create your own team with friends!

Will there be prizes?

Yes, there will be lots of prizes provided by IBM and its partners directly to students.

Should I bring my own computer?

Yes, we recommend that you bring your own computer (and maybe your charger too).

Will food be provided?

Yes! There will be lots of good food so come hungry!

Can I use a project that I developed outside of the hackathon?

Yes, you can use a class project or one that have been working on with friends.

Where can I find more info about talks and events like this?

You can also follow @PittBigIdea on Twitter, Facebook, & Insta for updates and to get involved in other events like this.