blacktopbuild 2018

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Welcome to the first ever Blacktopbuild. Have you ever hacked on a car in a parking lot under a heated tent in the middle of winter? There's a first time for everything.

You're invited to rethink and redesign GM's bluetooth testing strategy. We're bringing cars for you to work on, proprietary simulators and APIs, engineers to work with you, exclusive training sessions, and more.

The top solutions you come up with will be implemented. One team will participate in an externship with GM in Detroit to build their idea during an all-inclusive two week experience.

Getting down to details:

January 9 - 11, 2018 @ MIT | design the most robust bluetooth testing strategy

January 16 - 26, 2018 @ GM's innovation labs | bring your solution to life*

Summer 2018 @ GM | summer internship*


What skills do I need to participate?

Having a basic background in coding is preferred – if you don't, we’ll have a “Working with APIs 101” course for beginners. More importantly, you should be able to work as a team, iterate quickly, and communicate effectively.

Are there any restrictions for who can participate?

You need to be a member of the MIT community - sign up with an address.

What is the time commitment?

January 9, 2018 | 7PM Kickoff | In-person attendance by at least 1 member of your team is required.

January 10 - 11, 2018 | all day Hacking | In-person attendance is highly recommended. If you’ve got to sneak off for class for an hour or two, we understand. You'll have access to GM engineers, vehicles, and coffee/food to enable you to do your best.

January 11, 2018 | 6PM Demo | In-person attendance by the entire team is required.

January 16 - 26, 2018 | Working in Detroit at GM | In-person attendance(by the entire team is required; check your calendar and make sure that you are able to spend those middle two weeks of IAP with us in Detroit.

Summer 2018 | Working in Detroit at GM | Summer internship for those who have proven they can make a difference in bluetooth connectivity


This Blacktopbuild is brought to you by iHub, the catalyst for transformational innovation at GM. iHub empowers and unleashes the creativity of GM employees through a combination of crowdsourcing and collaboration, incubating ideas from napkin sketches into experience demonstrators. The focus of iHub is to deliver transformative solutions to complex problems.



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