FAQ’s

This list of frequently asked questions applies mainly to the event that has already past. We’re leaving it up for reference.

 Q: What is a hackathon?

 A:   A hackathon—also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest—is an event at which computer programmers and others involved in software development (including graphic designers, tech fans, project managers, engineers and others) collaborate intensively over a short period of time on software projects. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week. Code4GoodPBC will take place over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, March 28th – 29th. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software.

 Q: Is Code4GoodPBC different?

 A: Yes, it’s a little different than some other hackathons you may have experienced or heard about. At Code4GoodPBC, participants will be given a limited number of real social problems or challenges actually being faced by the nonprofit community in Palm Beach County. The teams at this hackathon will be asked to develop tech-based solutions to these local problems — That’s the “4 Good” part of Code4GoodPBC! Real nonprofit agencies have been consulted and they’ll share their actual challenges with our hackathon participants, giving attendees the chance to really understand the impact a tech solution might have on the lives of those people community-based nonprofits seek to serve.

 Q: Is there a fee to apply?

 A: No. Registration is free but space is limited.

 Q: What might some of the problem categories be about?

  • Health (physical and mental)
  • Health systems (access points)
  • Direct medical care
  • Health education
  • Care for special populations
  • System improvements
  • Access to basic needs like food, shelter, etc.

 Q: Are there prizes?

 A: There is $10,000 in prize money. There will be 3 winning teams with prizes of $5,000 for the winning team, $3,000 for the 2nd place team and $2,000 for the 3rd place team.

 Q: What else might participants receive?

 A: There will be opportunities to win cool tech-related prizes throughout the event. Winning hackathon participants will have interview opportunities with leaders in the future of health innovation. The winners also have the possibility of working with a ‘launch partner’ to actually develop and build a working solution based on their winning idea.

 Q: Who are the judges?

 A: There are 5 judges. Click here for their bios.

 Q: Who are the speakers at the event?

 A: There are four speakers. Click here for their bios.

 Q: How are teams formed?

 A: Teams can contain between 1 and 6 members. A team can come pre-formed, or can be created over the course of the weekend. To assist with team match-making, we’re having a number of socializing activities: meetup groups in the months before, informal networking the Friday night before the event, and free time during the weekend. We’ll also have an online team building space at ChallengePost. Last, we’ll have a lightning-pitch session on Saturday, where people without fully-formed teams can pitch their ideas in order to attract other team members.

 Q: What software language will be required?

 A: This event is technology-agnostic: any language or platform can be used, without restriction. Keep in mind that many of the people we’re trying to help don’t have the latest smartphone or the fastest broadband, so the most high-tech solution might not have the most impact. Sometimes, a lower tech solution that can be used by a wider audience could be deemed to have a larger impact, which is accounted for in the judging parameters.

 Q: When is the application deadline for Cause Providers?

 A: Application Deadline:  Feb. 20, 2015.

 Q: What are the eligibility requirements for non-profits applying to pitch at the event?

 A: You must be a non-profit working in Palm Beach County.

•Non-profits should be focused on improving the health of our community and/or alleviating a social determinant(s) that negatively impacts health in Palm Beach County.

Q:How many finalists will be named?

 A: Up to 5 non-profits will be selected and invited to pitch on stage at Tech Runway in Boca Raton.

 Q:How will the on-stage pitch process work?

 A: Finalists will each have five minutes to pitch, followed by ten minutes Q&A with participants.

Finalists should plan to be available onsite for 2 hours after pitching their challenge to field questions individually and from participating teams.

 Q: Can I talk about other needs in my presentation?

 A: The presentation is narrowly confined to presenting the unique challenge or problem your non-profit would like solved.

 Q: Will I receive a registration to the event if I’m accepted?

 A: Yes, participating non-profits will receive up to four (4) complimentary registrations. These complimentary registrations must be assigned to specific individuals.

Additionally, each Code4GoodPBC finalist will be awarded the opportunity to market their work.

 Q: How are the non-profits screened?

 A: A committee of experts in health innovation and technology will screen each application to decide which challenge or problem would be the most relevant for the event.

 Q: How many challenges or problems can I submit to the event?

 A: Each non-profit can submit multiple challenges or problems.

 Q: What is a ‘finalist?’

 A: Each of the 3-5 non-profit agencies pitching respective problems on Saturday are considered finalists. Finalists will pitch their problem to the participants on Saturday around 11am. Finalists should plan on being available on site for 2-3 hours after the pitch.

 Q: What is a participant?

 A: Participants are engineers, coders, designers and social entrepreneurs who construct a solution over the course of the weekend. Participants pitch their solution to the judging panel on Sunday afternoon.

 Q: How many people will be there?

 A: We’re expecting 100 participants and up to 5 finalists.

 Q: Will there be food and drink?

 A: Food and beverages will be provided to all participants and finalists. This is your event. You will not go hungry.

 Q: My non-profit pitched a problem and the corresponding solution was chosen by the judges, now what?

 A: You can integrate the solution into your operation. Plan on being a part of the team charged with building the solution. Additionally, consider the time required to implement said solution.

 Q: My team pitched their solution and won the event, now what?

 A: Congratulations! To promote impact, Quantum Foundation will consider financing this ‘launch stage’ of the hackathon.  In addition to the prize money, the winning team will have the opportunity to match up with a local company to partner and build the solution.  Decision parameters around launching the solution will include considerations such as potential cost, longevity, utility, relevancy, scalability and community impact.

Still have additional questions?

Please contact Randy Scheid at [email protected]