October 7-9, 2016
Carnegie Mellon University

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About

Hack-a-Startup is a weekend event where developers, designers and business students come together to work on their startup ideas. Over the course of the weekend, participants pitch their ideas, develop a minimum viable product, test their product, pivot their strategy and finally present their ideas to a panel of judges.

Schedule

Friday, October 7th
6pm
Registration and Dinner
7pm
Pitches
8pm
Vote Top Ideas
9pm
Form teams of 4-8
10pm
Hacking Starts/Day Official Ends
Saturday, October 8th
9am
Day Officially Starts/Breakfast
12pm
Lunch/Feedback from Coaches
5pm
Dinner
10pm
Day Officially Ends
Sunday, October 9th
9am
Breakfast/Day Officially Starts
12pm
Lunch/Feedback from Coaches
6pm
Dinner/Participant Presentations
8pm
Award Presentation
9pm
Event Officially Ends

FAQ

What is Hack-a-Startup?
Hack-a-Startup is a weekend event where developers, designers and business students come together to work on their startup ideas. Over the course of the weekend, participants pitch their ideas, develop a minimum viable product, test their product, pivot their strategy and finally present their ideas to a panel of judges.
Who can attend?
Carnegie Mellon University undergrads, grads, PhDs, professors and faculty of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply and attend Hack-a-Startup.
How much does this event cost?
Absolutely free! We will provide WiFi, meals, and lots more!
What should I build?
Anything; the startup project is up to you and your team. You have the weekend to work on any startup idea, ranging from web apps, desktop apps, mobile apps, hardware, or even service products.
How big are teams?
A team can be as big as 8 people, but teams should be 4-8 people.
How do signups work?
Just signup with your Andrew ID on the website and you’ll have a spot at the event.
Are we allowed to build on past projects?
You cannot work on past projects, but you can use previous ideas and experience to help the business along.
What should I bring?
Please bring a laptop, charger, Andrew ID Card, and plenty of ideas!
Do I need to have an idea to pitch on the first day?
Nope, there's no necessity to have an idea to pitch although, of course, we want as many brilliant ideas being pitched on Friday.
I have a different question. Who can I ask?
You can send an email to info@hackastartup.com or reach out to us at via Facebook!
When/where can I hack?
Hack-a-Startup will start in Friday night and go through Sunday at Newell-Simon Hall. The event space will close each night to let participants get sleep at their residences, but participants are allowed to keep working through the night if they would like.
When will signups close?
Signups will close September 30th at 11:59pm EDT.
Do I enter with a team already decided or can I joining a team at the spot when the competition starts?
All teams will be formed during the event (right after pitches). You are welcome to join a team with your friend or two. We encourage people to work on projects that they are truly interested in and to work with new faces.

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