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IBM BlueHack 

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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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.

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Who can participate?

Any graduate or undergraduate college student at any level from any discipline. 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.