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Sixty students from hacker teams at 15 historically black colleges and universities got a jump start on their careers earlier this month at the BE SMART Hackathon in San Francisco, part of the Black Enterprise Tech ConneXt Summit.

The challenge? To develop an app for Toyota that makes the auto-buying experience easier, faster and more pleasant for customers.

Fifteen teams of sophomore, junior and senior students from HBCUs around the U.S. competed for a grand prize of $40,000 — $10,000 per team member. Each team included four experienced hackers.

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The 15 teams were challenged to use their creativity and skills to develop a unique new program for BE SMART Hackathon sponsor Toyota. Teams were judged based on the viability of the program, its utility to individual users, and the efficacy of the technological platform. They were evaluated by  judges that included Hahna Alexander, co-founder & CTO of SolePower L.L.C.; Chris Norwood, founder/executive director of Bay Area Tutoring; and Jerry Higgs, Ph.D., principal member of the technical staff for AT&T.

A cash prize of $40,000 was awarded to the winning team; Samsung Galaxy tablets to the second place team; and Chromebook laptops to the third-place team.

During the summit, students went on corporate tours hosted by Google and Intel as part of their participation in the Hackathon. The students were immersed in daily workshops centered around recruitment and career development.

Black Enterprise TechConneXt brings together leaders from Silicon Valley and the surrounding tech ecosystem to exchange ideas and provide information about jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities across all areas of technology.

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Students worked with mentors from Toyota and Twilio. Their apps were judged for projected impact, innovation, and technical achievement, as well as the students’ ability to work as a team and on presentation skills.

These are the participating teams from 15 HBCUs, and the winner:

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Morehouse College hacker Team Tab On Em at the Black Enterprise SMART Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom

Morehouse College

Team: Tab On Em

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Fisk University Team Fisk Hackers at the Black Enterprise SMART Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom

Fisk University

Team: Fisk Hackers

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Alabama A&M University Team H4CKD0G4 at the Black Enterprise SMART Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom

Alabama A&M University

Team: H4CKD0G4

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Johnson C. Smith University Team Trojan Bulls at the Black Enterprise SMART Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom

Johnson C. Smith University

Team: Trojan Bulls

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Hampton University Team Hampton Pirates at the Black Enterprise SMART Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom

Hampton University

Team: Hampton Pirates

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Florida A&M University Team Rattler “Code” Pride at the Black Enterprise SMART Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom

Florida A&M University

Team: Rattler “Code” Pride

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Bowie State University Team Cyber Squad at the Black Enterprise SMART Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom

Bowie State University

Team: Cyber Squad

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Delaware State University Team: Biased Life at the Black Enterprise Smart Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez,Moguldom.com

Delaware State University

Team: Biased Life

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Howard University Team Bison at the Black Enterprise Smart Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom.com

Howard University

Team: Team Bison

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Morgan State University Team Bear Code at the Black Enterprise Smart Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom.com

Morgan State University

Team: Bear Code

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North Carolina A&T University Team Aggie++ at the Black Enterprise Smart Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom.com

North Carolina A&T University

Team: Aggie++

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Prairie View A&M University Team Panther Coders++ at the Black Enterprise Smart Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom.com

Prairie View A&M University

Team: Panther Coders++

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Southern University and A&M College Team Jags Finest at the Black Enterprise Smart Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom.com

Southern University and A&M College

Team: Jags Finest

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Tuskegee University Team Golden Tiger at the Black Enterprise Smart Hackathon/TechConnext Summit, San Francisco, October 2017. Photo: Dana Sanchez/Moguldom.com

 

Tuskegee University

Team: Golden Tiger

And the winner is …

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