Hack Your Tomorrow

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Create a better #financialtomorrow by hacking solutions today!

With more than $15,000 in prizes, this two-day hackathon will bring together developers, designers and entrepreneurs from all over San Francisco to work on solutions for the future of finance.

Whether they’re navigating the shift from a teller-centric to an app-centric banking experience…worrying that retiring at 70 may not possible…or shouldering college, health, and senior-care costs… people are facing a wealth of concerns unimagined when they opened their first accounts.

They know how to create a budget and balance a checkbook, and they may have investments and savings, but how do they manage financial challenges safely and conveniently?

That’s where you come in. We are looking to you to create easy, accessible solutions that will help Baby Boomers and others budget for caregiving, work independently, and protect their loved ones from financial exploitation.

U.S. Bank & AARP Challenge:

Challenge: The challenge for the “Hack Your Tomorrow” Hackathon is simple: develop smart, intuitive tools that will give users greater control over their finances and peace of mind. Design ideas could include solutions focused on at least one of the following…

  • Enable independent workers to manage their incomes and tax liabilities easily and automatically
  • Help people on a limited income save money, even if in small amounts
  • Allow caregivers to track their expenses and share them with others involved in the relationship or conduct transactions, such as bill payments
  • Make it easier to recognize and prevent financial exploitation of seniors

Grand Prize:

  • Cash Prize: $8,000
  • A session to meet with the U.S. Bank and AARP team leaders to speak about your product

Runner-Up Prize:

  • Cash Prize: $5,000

2nd Runner-Up Prize:

  • Cash Prize: $2,000

IBM Challenge:

Challenge: Best use of IBM Watson


  • TBA

IBM Door Prize :

  • 2 pairs of Jaybird - Freedom F5 Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Wednesday, October 4th:
Wednesday, October 4th: 6:30-8:30 pm Pre-Hackathon Virtual Session via WebEx
Webex link: Here!
Meeting Number: 198 184 879
Host Key: 739795
Audio Connection: 1-415-655-0001

Saturday, October 7th:
8:00 am Event and Partner setup
9:00 am Doors Open & Breakfast
10:00 am Opening Ceremony & Presentations
11:00 am Coding Begins
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Breakout Session(s): IBM Bluemix APIs & U.S. Bank's APIs
6:00 pm Dinner
10:00 pm Pitch Workshop
12:00 am Midnight Snack
12:00 – 8:00am Hack through the night*
*The venue will be open and staffed overnight if you’d like to hack through the night.

Sunday, October 8th:
7:00 am Breakfast
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Submission Deadline
2:00 pm Demo’s Begin
3:00 pm Judge Deliberation
3:30 pm Awards
4:00 pm Event Close

Judging Criteria
Each submission will be scored in each round based on the following criteria with a minimum score of 0 and maximum score of 20 points, with the final score being the average of the judges’ scores:

  • Simplicity (5 points): Is the application simple to use and can the team explain it clearly in three sentences or less?
  • Creativity (5 points): How creative was the team in developing an innovative solution for the challenge?
  • Impact (5 points): Did the team create an application that can have a real and valuable impact?
  • Design (5 points): Was the UX/UI intuitive and appealing? Does the app demonstrate high throughput design architecture?

  • Teams of up to 5 participants are allowed (all team members must have completed the participation agreement to compete)
  • You may not begin your project until the competition officially begins. please don't come in and build on top of previous projects if you want to win.
  • Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish.
  • Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning.
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