SEPT 16-19 2018 | MARRIOTT WARDMAN PARK | WASHINGTON, DC

HACKING  HBCUS INNOVATION LAB 

How might we create innovative ways to improve HBCU competitiveness by aligning  their strengths with America's priorities?

 
 
 

Overview

The 2018 Hacking HBCUs Innovation Lab in collaboration with NASA during the White House National HBCU Week Conference is an intense and immersive multi-day experience where top HBCU students form teams to generate innovative ideas on how HBCUs can pipeline their communities into the nation's Innovation Economy priority areas. 

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TOP HBCU SCHOLARS

The best of the best current HBCU students have been selected for this challenge. 

 

36

Hours

Welcome to startup life. You won't have much time to make decisions. But remember, true innovation comes in times of discomfort.

 
 

10

DISRUPTIVE IDEAS

Students form six-person teams to generate new and valuable concepts that address the challenge.

 
 

The Challenge

Creatively make one of these American priorities actionable by connecting them to HBCU strengths. You are limited only by your imagination. There is endless room within these elements for you to innovate beyond what you may have ever imagined. We are confident that your solutions will dream and deliver far and above what the elements below describe.

 

INSTILL NEW COMMUNITY ECONOMIC NARRATIVES

Narratives refer to the leading economic culture, leadership, and advocacy in communities primarily served by HBCUs. New economic narratives that manifest as new economic culture are needed to ensure inclusive U.S. competitiveness. The time for an evolution of community economic narratives is now

INCREASE UNSTRUCTURED PLAY

The Innovation Economy is driven by imagination. For our children, unstructured play, not organized, but unstructured play – where kids use their own imagination to make up new games, create new things or repair their own possessions – is an excellent way to nurture collaboration, creativity and imagination.

SUPPORT NEW EDUCATION LEADERSHIP

New leadership from K-12 through higher education institutions – especially HBCUs – is needed to flood the pipeline of high school and college students from areas primarily served by HBCUs toward STEM disciplines. These students can become our new economic athletes.

EMBRACE STEAM

Without distracting from other worthy efforts to improve STEM education attainment, provide a complementary means to identify, capture, and connect the growing cache of non-STEM talent and creativity to top employment opportunities, as well as higher growth entrepreneurship.

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SEPTEMBER 2018

Welcome to this entrepreneurial journey during which you will hack opportunities to make HBCUs more competitive without regard to the resources that you, your HBCU, or other HBCUs in our country currently control. In other words, you are charged to make dreams actionable - we have no limits. Good luck.

Johnathan M. Holifield | Executive Director, White House Initiative on HBCUS

 

 
 

The Schedule

So you want to know what it's like to be in a startup, huh? Well, buckle up as you'll use the same methods as the world’s top innovators and entrepreneurs in order to develop breakthrough solutions for future generations of HBCU students.  The 2018 White House HBCU Hack Day has three components: overview/team formation, design thinking/mentor sessions/semi-final round presentations, and final presentations to HBCU presidents.

 

SUN. SEPT 16: team formation

Students get a program overview, understand the context of the challenge, and form teams around the type of American priority they’d like to address.

MON. SEPT 17: INNOVATION LAB

With the help of instructors and mentors, teams are led through a design thinking lab for idea generation. Teams will present ideas to private panel.

TUES. SEPT 18: PRESENTATIONS

During this Shark Tank-style experience, the top 5 teams will be selected to pitch their ideas to HBCU presidents.