Join Us

This February 21-23rd, come partake in the first hackathon of the year, held at Sun Devil Stadium, EmergenTech. EmergenTech is an event centered around multiple challenges where participant creativity is able to shine as they will not be restricted by what they can create. All ASU students are welcome to participate, collaborate, and learn from each other in this amazing opportunity to test and explore their skills. Registration is complimentary for all who wish to partake, and free food, prizes, and swag will be available at the event.

Challenge Statement

To compete, students should be familiar with or eager to learn one of the following fields:

  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Science
  • Cloud Computing
  • Business Analytics & Modeling

Student teams will be given 36 hours to display their knowledge through designing and developing a prototype from the topics of virtual reality, machine learning, blockchain, and internet of things, which will in turn be applied to the industries of education, government, healthcare, or international development. Student teams, consisting of 2-5 members, can either be assembled ahead of time or will be matched at the start of the event. To be considered competitive, teams will need to formulate a pitch and prototype that will be judged on technical merits, design, and concept feasibility. Furthermore, the student models will need to display predicted tags alongside the video in a novel way which improves the user experience.

Students will have the opportunity to network with industry representatives and, in addition to the knowledge acquired by students competing in the challenges, workshops will be facilitated throughout the event to teach students the skills necessary to be competitive.


What is a hackathon?

We know what you may think, “I’m hacking a system,” but it’s slightly different than that. A hackathon is an event that fosters collaboration, community, and networking. This is a chance to let your brain run free, the sky’s the limit. You’ll have a specific challenge given to you at the start of the event. This challenge will dictate what you create, but it will be software-based.

Do I need to create a team before arriving?

Nope! If you have one, great! If not, we’ve provided time onsite to form teams before the hack begins.

How many people can a team have?

A team can have between 2 and 5 members. All team members must be present for the event. Unfortunately, we’re unable to allow remote participants to compete.

Who can participate?

Any university student is welcome to participate. Whether you’re an undergraduate, or graduate-level student, you’re welcome.

Should I bring anything?

You’ll want to bring a laptop, or something you can hack on. You’re not required to stay overnight, but if you are we recommend at least bringing a toothbrush, toiletries, sleeping bag, and a change of clothes. Don’t forget your student ID for check-in!

How long is the hackathon?

The event will begin with check-in at 5pm on Friday and conclude by 5pm on Sunday.

What about food?

We’ll provide dinner on day 1, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on day 2, and breakfast and lunch on day 3. Snacks will also be on-hand throughout.

Is there a cost?

There is no cost to register.

Do I have to stay the whole time?

While we recommend you stay the full time of the hackathon, it’s not a requirement. We understand classes are a priority and life happens, so if you need to leave and come back that’s perfectly alright.

Who can register?

Any university student. Those that intend to compete should be familiar or eager to learn with one of the following fields:

  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Science
  • Cloud Computing
  • Business Analytics & Modeling

All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. You each have something to bring to the table!

Tell me about Slack.

We’ll be utilizing Slack as the main form of communication during the event. As a participant, you’ll be added to the hackathon’s Slack channel for updates and reminders. Please keep an eye on it. If you’ve never used Slack, here’s an intro for you.

Are there any conduct guidelines?

Yes! Please review the ASU Student Code of Conduct. This is an event occurring on ASU’s campus, therefore we will abide by all ASU policies. This will be enforced throughout the event. Do not bring any weapons, knives, firearms, drugs or alcohol to this event. Please utilize this opportunity to create a new idea or project, and don’t use one from a previous event. We expect all participants to be courteous and respectful of each other and their ideas.

Where Will The Hackathon Take Place?

The hackathon will be in Sun Devil Stadium!

Schedule-at-a-Glance (Subject to Change)

Friday, February 21, 2020

5:00p - 5:55p Registration & Light Snacks/Refreshments
6:00p - 6:30p Welcome & Kick-Off
6:30p - 7:00p Keynote
7:00p - 7:15p Product Design & Guidelines
7:15p - 7:25p Event Overview
7:25p - 7:30p Team Formation & Start of Hackathon
7:30p - 8:30p Dinner
9:30p - 10:30p Optional Workshop 1

Saturday, February 22, 2020

8:00a - 9:00a Breakfast
11:00a - 12:00p Optional Workshop 2
12:00p - 1:00p Lunch
4:00p – 5:00p Info Tabling
5:00p - 6:00p Optional Workshop 3
6:00p - 7:00p Dinner
8:00p - 9:00p Optional Workshop 4

Sunday, February 23, 2020

8:00a - 9:00a Breakfast
9:30a Project Submissions
9:30a - 10:15a Q&A with the Judges
10:15a - 12:00p Judging
12:00p - 1:00p Lunch
1:00p - 3:30p Judging
3:30p - 4:00p Judges Deliberation
4:00p - 5:00p Conclusion & Awards

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