Hack the Bay

In this one-day, project-based, intensive learning experience, students engage in and apply entrepreneurial and collaborative 21st-century learning by solving challenges within the community.

Teams, determined through an application process (administered by Junior Achievement and the Silicon Valley African American and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce) will work in groups and participate in brainstorming/idea generating and ice-breaking techniques and exercises.

All teams will be presented with the same hypothetical challenge. The goal is to find a creative and innovative business solution to the social challenge presented.

 Challenge

The first challenge will be to research and determine an effective way to reduce homelessness with an emphasis on Incarcerated Veterans returning to society within the next 12 weeks.

  • Teams will be provided with a laptop and flash drive that contains a Concept Paper and PowerPoint Slide Template.
  • There will be a limited amount of time to draft a concept paper and PowerPoint presentation that illustrates each team’s proposed solution.
  • Teams will have access to volunteers, from the sponsoring companies, to help them think through their ideas and come up with an achievable and realistic solution to the challenge.
  • Teams will need to apply entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to arrive at their final solutions.
  • Finally, teams will present their solution before a panel of judges and the top solutions will be selected to proceed to the finals on 

The proposal will be evaluated on the value it could bring to the users, on how to implement the solutions, and on any possible business opportunity. 

The candidate who passes the first stage will present his or her idea directly to Chairman and CEO, and the finalist will be able to make the idea comes true.

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Eligibility

Individuals, and teams of individuals from around the globe, as long as they are not on the excluded country list or from a country where local law prohibits, who have reached the age of majority in their country of residence at the time of entry. 

At least 13 years of age with parental consent form

Organizations (up to 15)

Individuals and teams of individuals who have registered for HackBA and checked-in to the event are eligible to participate.

All participants must agree to and have reviewed the below codes of conduct.

How to enter

To win this prestigious award, it takes more than creating an exciting product/service or running a financially sound business.

Team members also must demonstrate an understanding of how and why the company performed as it did, and balance the business achievements of the team with each member’s personal development.

Judges will look for evidence of innovation and application of new ideas in all aspects of company operations.

Judges

Johnny Lee Clarke

Johnny Lee Clarke
President CityLab Professional

Judging Criteria

  • Capacitty
    Teams will need to apply entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to arrive at their final solutions. Finally, teams will present their solution before a panel of judges and the top solutions will be selected.
  • Use of Teams
    Teams will have access to volunteers, from the sponsoring companies, to help them think through their ideas and come up with an achievable and realistic solution to the challenge.
  • Advancing Technology
    All teams will be presented with the same hypothetical challenge. The goal is to find a creative and innovative business solution to the social challenge presented.