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Hackathon to foster innovation, entrepreneurship

By Nenad Tadic | Emory Report | Nov. 15, 2013

HackATL, a hackathon that encourages developers, student entrepreneurs, artists and more to collaborate and pitch ideas for new startups, will be held Nov. 22-24 at Emory’s Goizueta Business School.  

For three consecutive days, hackATL intends to bring together 200 of Atlanta’s brightest minds to share the tools needed to get a startup idea off the ground. Though hackathons are usually associated with techies, all are welcome to attend. Teams can be formed at the start of the event and there is no cost to participate.  

“All you need is a weekend, and the drive to build,” says Jeff Meng, student organizer of the event and a Goizueta Business School junior.  

Teams will present their ideas to venture capitalists who will provide feedback and award cash prizes to those with the most promising startup ideas.  

The event will feature speakers including Renee Dye, founder and CEO of Stratitect, Elliot Bendoly, a Goizueta Business School professor, and others.  

Emory University and the Emory Entrepreneurship and Venture Management club are the hosts of the free weekend-long event, which is also the first business-orientated hackathon in Atlanta, according to the Emory Wheel. For more information, visit hackatl.org.