Hacked 2021 | Audacity Labs Hackathon: Feb 12-14, 2021

Audacity Labs, a co-working space and start-up incubator for teens, is hosting a virtual ideation Hackathon in which participants will learn about innovation, ways to define the foundation of a startup idea, and data literacy. This will be a no-code, ideation Hackathon in which students collaborate to develop an innovative idea, learn from industry experts, and develop a concise pitch to present their solution. 

The event will be held virtually Feb. 12-14, 2021. Students will be provided with a framework to use artificial intelligence technologies to solve a problem within the education sector. In collaboration with Audacity Labs, Rev Accelerator – an online accelerator that helps corporations, universities, and other institutions support their community of innovators – will facilitate Day 1 workshops.

Participants will get to interact with Rev’s Ideation Bot. This startup bot delivers curriculum to teach participants about fostering entrepreneurship and bringing a meaningful idea to life. Participants will spend the weekend working in teams composed of their peers to create a 90-second video pitch.

Guest speakers include Anne Jones (District C), Sriya Martena (NCSSM), Mike Tauiliili Brown (Win-Win), Nic Meliones (Rev), and Quinci King (Audacity Labs). 
Judges include Daisy Magnus-Aryitey (NCIDEA), Ken Preiser (Amazon Web Services), and Jamie N. Jones, PhD. 

All participants will receive food stipends throughout the program and a swag bag upon completion! The winning team will be awarded $1500, and runner ups will receive $250. Additionally, Rev will invite five of the top teams into a 12-week online accelerator, providing weekly mentorship and workshops. Those teams then will have an opportunity to pitch to investors.   

Audacity Labs resulted from a collaboration of institutions with expertise across many facets of entrepreneurial learning, including Amazon, Cape Fear Collective, District C, Durham Public Schools, HackDuke, NCIDEA, NCSSM, and Rev Accelerator.

The Hackathon is intended to be the first of several enabling students to meet like-minded peers and collaborate to construct a better world for tomorrow. 

Registration is open to all high school students across North Carolina.