WHAT TO MAKE?
A prototype of an app or website that tackles financial literacy (tech route)
A business plan of an organization that promotes financial literacy (business route)
SO WHAT COUNTS AS PROMOTING FINANCIAL LITERACY?
Financial literacy refers to the understanding of the concept of money but this competition encompasses a much broader definition. Basically, anything that can solve overlooked personal financial problems or educate the youth about how to manage their money wisely will be good starting points for this competition's submissions!
DO I HAVE TO CODE WHEN I CHOOSE THE TECH ROUTE?
No! Coding is encouraged but we focus more on the quality and implementation of the idea. So participants just need to come up with a creative idea and design an effective user interface through a prototyping software to implement it.
WHAT PROTOTYPING TOOLS CAN I USE?
We recommend using tools such as Axure (Free trial), Mockplus, JustinMind (Free Trial) or Wix for prototyping mobile apps, web apps and websites. For more prototyping tips, you can attend the Prototyping Crash Course at 8 too!
WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY BUSINESS PLAN?
Anything that makes your business plan stand out! Feel free to look for a traditional template, but honestly, we are just looking for a business plan that helps explain your idea and keeps readers engaged.
WHAT ARE PREMILINARY SUBMISSIONS?
Preliminary submissions are an mid-way checkpoint for participants to submit what they created so far, so that our judging panel will have a good understanding of how groups are progressing. However, our team will not use preliminary submissions to decide the winner and instead, we will give feedback to groups that made their preliminary submissions!
HOW DO SUBMISSIONS WORK?
For participants taking the tech route,
First things first, sign up for an account of DevPost and register for the competition on this site. Then, simply click "Enter a Submission" and fill out the required fields on the page. But remember to include a video demo that clearly explains the features and functionality of your app/website through a comprehensive demonstration!
For participants taking the business route,
As a business plan itself is an elaborate tool to demonstrate a business idea, the submission process will be more straightforward. What you need to do is to upload onto your Google Drive and send in the link to your business plan in a PDF format along with a video of a startup pitch in MP4/AVI format to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have more questions, feel free to ask us at email@example.com.
Full Schedule (All Times are in ET)
Participant Check-In & BNY Networking Session: 4:00 - 4:30 PM
BNY Info Session: 4:30 - 5:00 PM
Opening Session: 5:00 - 5:30 PM
Keynote Speaker, Lynne Pastor: 5:30 - 6:00 PM
Hacking Begins at 6:00 PM
Complimentary Dinner from Chipotle: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Crash Course 1 on Moneythink: 7:00 - 7:30 PM
Crash Course 2 on Financial Literacy: 7:30 - 8:00 PM
Crash Course 3 on How to Prototype: 8:00 - 8:30 PM
Preliminary Submissions Due at 11:59 PM
Complimentary Breakfast from Dunkin Donuts: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Final Submissions Due at 11:59 AM
Complimentary Lunch from Quiznos: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Finalists Announced at 1:30 PM
Presentations: 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Closing and Award Ceremony: 3:30 - 4:00 PM
Event Ends at 4:00 PM
$300 in prizes
1st Place- $150 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Place- $100 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Place- $50 Amazon Gift Card
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Evelyn M. Pierce
Teaching Professor of Business Management Communication
Head, Undergraduate Business Administration Program
President of Moneythink CMU
Quality of Idea
Includes creativity and originality
Implementation of Idea
Includes how well the idea was executed by the participants
Includes the potential impact on users or members
Delivery of Idea
Includes the quality and vocal delivery of the presentation