COVID-19 Virtual Hack-A-Thon

When: Saturday, September 19, 2020

Where: Virtual


COVID-19 has disrupted lives all over the world.  It is time for innovative solutions! The University of Kentucky’s Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE) and the Office of Global Health Initiatives will host an all-day COVID-19 Virtual Hack-A-Thon on Saturday, September 19th.  In this fast-paced event, teams of 2-4 people will propose solutions to various facets of this global health problem.  The Format: a one-day event with educational workshops to assist teams develop their ideas.  All participants must work in teams and cannot work as a single person. Teams will reach into all aspects of knowledge, design, development, and marketing to prepare a 5-minute video presentation via Zoom. This Virtual Hack-A-Thon is open to any individual located in the state of Kentucky. The top 3 teams will have the opportunity to win prize money, as well as enter the Spring 2021 VACE Entrepreneurs Bootcamp to assess their solution, create a business model, and work toward bringing their idea to market.

Key Deadlines

August 19 (Wed)  – Applications are Open

September 16 (Wed) – Applications close

September 19 (Sat) – COVID-19 Virtual Hack-A-Thon Event, 10am-5pm 

September 25 (Fri) – Winners Announced

HackaThon Details and Application

What is Hack-A-Thon?

A Hack-A-Thon is a building sprint where teams of students and community members build new products or hack at an existing problem. The event engages design, development, and marketing talent, and allows passionate participants to discover solutions that work. Participants will deliver a 5-minute pitch at the end of a specified period to a panel of university and community leaders in hopes of creating the winning solution to help beat a specific problem.

Who May Apply?

The Hack-A-Thon is open to all individuals in the state of Kentucky.  In order to compete, all participants must fill out the online application at This link  Participants will be notified of their team members on Saturday morning, September 19th.  The teams will work together on a solution to a challenge posed by COVID-19 and give a 5-minute pitch to a panel of judges with their proposed solution at 5:00 pm on September 19th.  The winners of the hackathon will be announced by close of business (5 pm EST), on Friday, September 25th. The awards are generously sponsored by the Office of Global Health Initiatives and the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise.  

1st Place - $1,000

2nd Place - $500

3rd Place - $250

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