This event is targeting business, user experience, and technology college and university students in the Fraser Valley but is open to anyone over the age of 18 who wants to get involved.
It starts at 5PM on Friday, May 17, 2023, and wraps up at 5PM the next day. Yes, it is an overnight event!
The event is most likely happening in Building A at UFV Chilliwack, but that is still being confirmed. If not at UFV Chilliwack, the event will be at Cowork Chilliwack.
There are no limits on the projects as long as it is driven by technology. Some examples would be software, video games, hardware, robotics, internet-of-things, artificial intelligence, and cryptocurrencies. With that said, no equipment is provided, and technical participants are expected to bring the tools they plan to work with. Projects using hardware and robotics may work partially offsite outside of the education and mentorship hours to access equipment if needed.
No problem! We will start the event off by playing matchmaker between people and teams, and teams and business ideas. If you have an idea you want to explore, bring it to the table. If you have an existing team, you are more than welcome to enter as a team. Ideal team sizes are typically 3 to 5, but existing teams may be any size.
Any and all levels of experience are welcome. Everyone will learn from the experience.
Although each team will be allowed to follow its own path, you will be given a recommended process to follow. This process is based on the first parts of the Market Validation program, as run by various venture accelerators in BC.
We have also put together a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, business development experts, and technical experts to help you throughout the event. These mentors will be available Friday evening and Saturday morning. The confirmed mentors so far are:
Since it is perfectly valid to build solutions on top of existing open-source material, it is also valid to start building on top of an existing code base that one or more team members may bring to the table. However, the whole point of the Startup Hackathon is that teams use this time to pivot and iterate the business plan and the technology. Whatever you start with, isn't likely to remain the same by the end of the event. Competitive teams may not already be in business (have revenue); see Existing companies header below.
You bet! The first placed team will win:
We have a panel of all-star judges to select the winning team, plus input from our mentors. Each judge has a different business and industry background, and have been selected to apply the judging criteria to each team. The judging criteria closely match the expected outcome from the recommended process described during the education block and will be detailed to participants during the education block on Friday. The confirmed judges so far are:
This category is for team building and is non-competitive. Each existing company (has a revenue stream from any existing product(s) or service(s)) will be given the opportunity to present their project to the public during the final presentations to raise awareness, gain valuable feedback, and potentially attract local investment. If you have formed a company but are still pre-revenue, you can compete with the other teams.
Invite your family and friends to be the first to see what your team created! All members of the community are welcome to come and cheer on all teams, and potential investors are encouraged to chat with the teams after the awards.
Registration is right below: Don't delay; register today! Registration costs $15 plus GST, and includes snacks and drinks throughout the event. Bring your own meals, or order them in. Please do encourage your friends to join you, and if you are bringing a team, please be sure that all of them have signed up :)