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Build a business in a weekend at hackATL

Emory Report | Nov. 3, 2014

Have a great idea for a business? Hack it at the second annual hackATL, set for Nov. 7-9 at Emory's Goizueta Business School.

The largest business hackathon in the Southeast welcomes everyone, including designers, analysts, marketers, engineers, entrepreneurs or anyone with a big idea, regardless of age, interest and ability. Attendees do not need to be programmers to participate.

Over 400 students, professionals and mentors from around the world are expected to come together and create teams to turn ideas and interests into business propositions, which they will pitch to actual investors. Prizes worth over $70,000 will be awarded.

Participants can come to compete or to observe. HackATL will also feature a career fair and workshops led by industry experts on entrepreneurship, coding, practicing pitches and more.

Speakers, scheduled throughout the weekend, include Startup Riot founder and Shotput co-founder Sanjay Parekh, Brotips founder Dominique Barfield, actress and Emory alumna Natalia Livingston (“General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives”) and Cinnabon CEO Kat Cole, all talking about their experiences in the world of business entrepreneurship. A panel of entrepreneurs will also discuss their experiences and answer questions.

The first day of the event, which begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, in the Coke Commons, includes networking where prospective team members can meet, form teams then officially register them.

Free food, caffeine drinks and swag will be provided throughout the weekend by event sponsors. All-night hacking is encouraged with late-night snacks and coffee provided.

Judging takes place on Sunday, Nov. 9.

For more information on the event and to register, see HackATL.