Join Booz Allen and 1776 for the Microsoft Digital Enterprise Hack, the first installment of the 1776 + Booz Allen Hack-celerator Series!

More and more enterprises are relying heavily on digital tools and apps for collaboration and engagement with their mobile workforce. But there are still lots of shortfalls such as reliability, security, and accessibility. To tackle these limitations, Booz Allen and 1776 are hosting the Microsoft Digital Enterprise Hack, the first installment of the 1776 + Booz Allen Hack-celerator Series.

The Hack-celerator Series provides developers and entrepreneurs with the experience of an accelerator in the format of a high-paced hackathon. Our weekend hack-celerators include mentorship from industry and subject experts, opportunities to test different technical environments in real-time, and feedback groups to help steer your idea in the right direction.

During the Microsoft Digital Enterprise Hack, developers, designers, professionals, and mentors will come together to brainstorm, form teams, develop apps, and compete for prizes. Participants will have access to interactive, real-time customer feedback session throughout the event; a vendor & technology fair; and guidance from expert mentors, speakers and industry leaders. And of course the basics are covered - free food, drinks, and snacks round the clock! Oh... and the winners will receive prizes like Surface Pros and Xbox Live! So come out to meet fellow developers, build and awesome app, and win some prizes.

Be prepared to develop apps that meet the needs of the trending digital enterprise areas of cloud, cyber, social, mobile, and big data using Azure/SharePoint for data hosting and Windows 8 for handheld solutions while consuming data from a specific Data.gov source. Participants should come prepared to work on code, develop workflows, and help other developers understand the challenges users face. Please remember to bring your laptop and a notebook. We look forward to seeing apps that create value and impact, use the Microsoft stack in different ways and have the ability to transform an organization into a digital enterprise.

Event Schedule

Friday, March 14:

6:30PM – Event Registration and Networking

7:00PM – Welcome, Announcements, and Tech Vendor Introductions

7:30PM – Mixer, Vendor/Exhibitor sessions and Networking

9:00PM – End of the night. Go home, get some rest and come back the next day refreshed!

Saturday, March 15:

9:00AM – Doors open: networking breakfast

9:30AM - Introduction: Objectives and Rules

10:00AM – Pitches for team formation. Pick an idea, discuss how to build an app and what features you will include, form teams or just start hacking

10:00AM – Technology Fair Opens

1:00PM - Lunch

3:00PM – Mentor Feedback Sessions

6:30PM - Dinner

8:00PM - Energy Bar

12:00AM – End of the night. Go home, get some rest and come back the next day refreshed!

Sunday, March 16:

9:00AM – The fun continues with the final day of the Hackathon. Start with breakfast and continue to work with your team to finish coding, designing and polishing your app. Mentors will be available throughout the final hours to help you with API questions, advice and other expertise. App submissions for door prize judging will be accepted throughout the day with a deadline of 5PM.

11:00AM – Mentor Feedback Sessions

1:00PM - Lunch

2:00PM - Tech Check: All teams must test their demo computer!

3:00PM – Mentor Feedback Sessions

4:30PM - Submission deadline on Challenge Post! Team prepare to pitch.

5:00PM – Final Pitches, Demos, and Judging

6:00PM – Awards and Closing

6:30PM – Event Concludes

Transportation and Access Information

Our building is located at 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, and 1776 is on the 12th floor. The closest metro stops are Farragut North on the Red Line and McPherson Square on the Blue and Orange Lines. Our building's garage is open on weekdays until 11pm. For weekend parking, the building next door is open 24/7. At the start of each day, we will have staff in the lobby for registration. During the rest of the event, we will have a phone number posted on the front door- the venue rep will unlock the door for you with an app!

View full rules

Eligibility

  • All team members must be registered by kick-off on Saturday. Walk-ins welcome!
  • Teams must maintain a size of 1-4 members
  • Teams must follow the rules of the Hack

Requirements

Teams (1-4 people) must submit a functional app by 4:30PM on Sunday that creates value and impact, uses the Microsoft stack in different ways, and has the ability to transform an organization into a digital enterprise.

How to enter

Teams (1-4 people) must submit a functional app by 4:30PM on Sunday that meets the needs of the trending digital enterprise areas of cloud, cyber, social, mobile, and big data using Azure/SharePoint for data hosting and Windows 8/Android for handheld solutions while consuming data from a specific Data.gov source.  

Judges

Evan Burfield

Evan Burfield
Co-Founder at 1776

Jason Chen

Jason Chen
Lead Associate, Strategic Innovation Group at Booz Allen Hamilton

Craig Swanson

Craig Swanson
Senior Associate, Emerging Technologies at Booz Allen Hamilton

Duke Chung

Duke Chung
Co-Founder & CMO at Parature

Joel Reyes

Joel Reyes
Senior Startup/Citizenship Evangelist at Microsoft

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Acheivement
    Does the application incorporate Microsoft platforms and/or the software/hardware of other hack vendors? Does the project provide a high level of operability for the user?
  • Enterprise Value
    Does the application have enterprise or social impact? Does it demonstrate an ability to transform an organization into a digital enterprise?
  • Innovation
    Is the solution novel? Does it solve a problem in a creative or never-seen-before way?
  • Pitch
    Did the project pitch provide succinct and informative content? Was the delivery effective and persuasive? 3-5 minute pitches, please!