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THE BIG BLACK

HACK 2021

MARCH 19, 2022

 

What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is a problem-solving marathon. The event brings together teams of people to work on problems over an extended period of time. Hackathons have roots in technology, but anyone can participate in this type of event.

 

What is The Big Black Hack?

The Big Black Hack is a virtual hackathon that brings together teams of Black college students to solve real-world problems through collaboration, innovation, and technology. We are bringing the best and brightest talents together to make a positive impact in the world!

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The Big Black Hack is a virtual program that consists of an opening reception, pre-event workshops, a pitch competition and of course some amazing prizes!

Everyone is a winner!!!!

Participants of the Big Black Hack will also have an opportunity to apply for YBLA’s Black Talent Pipeline which includes a cultural service trip to the Dominican Republic.

Participants will have an opportunity to win scholarships, cryptocurrency, and technology! Participants can also connect with our corporate sponsors Bank of America, Barings, and PwC.

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During The Big Black Hack, participants will have the opportunity to

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Network with corporate sponsors and business professionals

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Work on real-world problems

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Win cool prizes including cryptocurrency, scholarships, and technology

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Learn about Black wealth, digital currency, and investing

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Network with other Black college students 

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Learn about internship and job opportunities

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Learn about YBLA’s Black Talent Pipeline and Cultural Service Trip to Dominican Republic

Eligibility

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Students that identify as Black

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Enrolled as an undergraduate sophomore graduating in 2024

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The Big Black Hack 2022 Theme

The theme for The Big Black Hack 2022 is hacking the Black wealth gap. At $171,000, the net worth of a typical white family is nearly ten times greater than that of a Black family ($17,150) in 2016.

The Big Black Hack 2022 Program Flow

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The Big Black Hack 2022 will be implemented in a virtual format

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Students who sign up as an individual will be placed on a team

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Teams will be provided with The Big Black Hack 2022 Problem Statement during the opening session on March 7, 2022

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Students will participate in teams of three or four

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Students can sign up as individuals or with their team

Application Period

10

January 
2021

Monday, 10:00am

Application Opens

18

February 
2022

Friday, 11:59pm

Application Closes

22

February 
2022

Team Announcements

04

March 
2022

Team Acceptance

Tuesday, 06:00pm

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All team members must accept their individual offer by 
11:59pm on Friday, January 28, 2022

 

Hack Schedule

07

March 
2022

Monday

Virtual Kick Off

Problem Statement announcement

15

March
2022

Tuesday

Virtual Pre-event Webinar

Black Wealth & Pitching workshop

18

March 
2022

Friday

Pitch Practice

19

March 
2022

Saturday

(9am – 5pm)

Pitch Day

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*Snacks, refreshments, and lunch will be provided on  The Big Black Hack Pitch Day.

The Big Black Hack Prizes

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First Place

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$2,000 
Cash Scholarship

(Team splits)

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$1,000 
Cryptocurrency

(Team splits)

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(One for each member)

Amazon 
Echo Dot

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Second Place

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$1,000 
Cash Scholarship

(Team splits)

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$500 
Cryptocurrency

(Team splits)

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(One for each member)

Amazon 
Echo Dot

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Third Place

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$500 
Cash Scholarship

(Team splits)

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$250
Cryptocurrency

(Team splits)

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All participants will have an opportunity to interview for YBLA’s Black Talent Pipeline which includes

  • Professional Career Development Training

  • Internship opportunities with Bank of America, PwC, and Barings

  • Potential for a $10,000 internship

  • Cultural Service Trip to Dominican Republic (Summer 2022)

Sponsors / Volunteers

If you would like to sponsor this event or volunteer, please contact Wanda Smith at

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