The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University will host the second annual SEMO Blue Hack for undergraduate and graduate students on Sept. 18.
The SEMO Blue Hack, in partnership with IBM, gives students the opportunity to develop real-world skills throughout a day-long hackathon event. Students gain direct experience by pitching solutions to real world problems, networking, improving the regional community and earning monetary prizes.
The competition will take place from 8:30 a.m-6 p.m. in Dempster Hall. Face coverings are required. Students may register as an individual or in teams at catapultsemo.com/semo_bluehack.
As part of the competition, students must develop innovative solutions to a common problem unique to the southeast Missouri region identified by local-area entrepreneurs. Students will then present their ideas in a five-minute pitch format to a team of judges for prizes. First place prize is $400, second place is $300 and third place is $200.
The pitch presentations will be followed by a Q&A. Additionally, A team of advisers will attend a working lunch to provide students additional advice in their field of expertise. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
For more information about the SEMO Blue Hack, visit catapultsemo.com/semo_bluehack.