Atlanta Hoops Hackathon

Atlanta Hoops Hackathon


Want to hack the 2013 Men’s Final Four in Atlanta to make it the best one yet? You’re invited to join some of the city’s best coders, designers, students, entrepreneurs, and makers to take part in this two-day hackathon.

This will be the first hackathon in Atlanta to integrate digital and mobile media with rapid prototype manufacturing.

Tip off will be at 5:30pm on Friday, March 15, and the final buzzer will sound at 8:00pm on Saturday, March 16. You can choose from the three main challenges:

  1. Text the Masses: Create a real-time mobile-centric coordination system for the thousands of volunteers helping out.
  2. Fill Philips: Develop online and offline ways to drive attendance for the Division II & III Championships at Philips Arena
  3. Kevin Bacon Laynard: Turner is hosting a technology conference during the Final Four weekend and asked “What if our lanyards buzzed when you were near someone you knew or had a LinkedIn connection to?” Hence the name and the challenge.

Or bring your own ideas to make the big weekend even better. We’ll be handing out a number of prizes for the best integration of online and offline creations.

Follow along on our ChallengePost Page.

Check out the ATL Hoops Hack Recap featuring the Three Winners


Partners and Sponsors

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
My Inventor Club
Midtown Alliance
Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters


Take Home the Trophy

Thanks to our partners, you and your team can claim your share of the over $1,500 in prizes we have assembled.

Here’s just a partial list:

  • VIP access to unique Final Four Weekend events
  • Two-night stay at the Marriott Marquis
  • Passes to the Georgia Aquarium and other Atlanta attractions
  • Four Tickets to an Atlanta Braves game
  • Richard Petty Driving Experience
  • Atlanta Movie Tour
  • Gift certificates to a number of Atlanta restaurants
  • Memberships to the MIC Makers Space
  • 90-day Desk Pass to the Atlanta Tech Village


The Game Plan



Friday, March 15

5:30pm: Opening Reception at Hypepotamus
We’ll gather all the players for some pre-game warmups, drinks, and food before the big game begins.

6:30pm: Idea Pitches at Hypepotamus
Here’s your chance to pitch your idea and assemble your winning team. You’ll have a room filled with coders, designers, makers, entrepreneurs, students and project managers you can inspire and recruit onto your team.

8:00pm: Work Session Begins at MIC Makers Space
With the teams formed, all the action will move to MIC Makers Space (map coming soon) on Decatur Street just across I-75/I-85 in Inman Park. You’ll have free reign of over 20,000 sq. ft. of open, collaborative space to bring your ideas into action. Bring your sleeping bag, cooler of snacks, and teddy bear if you want to work deep into the night.


Saturday, March 16

8:00 am: Coffee and Breakfast Break at MIC Makers Space
Whether you’re still up from the previous night or just getting started, we’ll serve delicious coffee and breakfast items to help you get your day going.

12 noon: Lunch Break at MIC Makers Space
You’ll get an amazing spread of food and drink to help you refuel and get ready for the final quarter of play.

5:00 pm: Work Session Ends at MIC Makers Space
We’ll shut down the machines and close the doors, so everyone can make their way back to Hypepotamus for the exciting conclusion.

7:00 pm: Pitches and Final Judging at Hypepotamus
Your team will get five minutes to demonstrate what you’ve built and answer any questions of the judges and audience.

8:00 pm: Winners Announced at Hypepotamus
Who’s going to be named ATL Hoops Hackathon Champion? Here’s where it all comes together.


About the Two Venues

Opening and Closing Receptions: Hypepotamus
Hypepotamus is more than a physical space. It’s a groundswell of people who believe the next great wave of Atlanta companies will come from bringing coders, designers, entrepreneurs, and students together to create massive awareness, diverse collaborations, and peer-to-peer education.


Hypepotamus Filled with Great Energy


Work Session: MIC Makers Space
Starting on Friday at 8pm and running through Saturday at 5pm, everyone will be at MIC Makers Space, which is the newest maker space in Atlanta combining rapid prototype manufacturing, industrial fabrication, and co-working. You and your team will get a basic budget to apply towards the amazing assortment of machines, so you can create something physical to pair with your digital/mobile technology.

Need whiteboards, WiFi, and meeting space? 3-D printer? Powder printer? Laser cutter? Vinyl printer? Photography studio? Yes to all of the above.


MIC Makers Space Before Move In



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