Innovation and entrepreneurship will play a major role at
the AITP National Collegiate Conference in 2014. Building on the success of collaboration with startup groups from
Tucson and St. Louis in 2013, a new IT innovation track is being added to the
2014 AITP National Collegiate Conference schedule. As part of this focus on
innovation a new event dubbed "Code: 24” is also being added to the conference.
Code: 24 is a 24 hour event during which participants will come up with an idea
for a new product or service, implement a prototype of the system, and pitch
their idea to potential investors. Representatives
from the IT startup community will lead breakout sessions to help students
understand what it takes to take an project from idea to market and will mentor
them through the development process.
Code:24 is part of a trend of "Hack-a-thons” that have been
growing in popularity with startup organizations around the country. Justin
Williams, founder of Startup Tucson, has organized several of these events in southern
Arizona over the past three years. "Events like Code:24 are an increasingly
important tool for the tech-startup community.
Setting aside a small amount of time from other work to build a
prototype can be the first step toward turning your idea into something very
real. And by following the 'Lean
Startup' methodology, you'll have a 'minimum viable product' to help you
illustrate your idea when talking with possible customers.”
The event will being at 2:00 on Friday afternoon with a
breakout session describing the innovation process including how to identify
funding sources, how to build a team, and brainstorming ideas for projects. At
3:30 participants will brainstorm ideas with feedback from a panel of startup
experts, form teams and start building. The event runs overnight with
participants free to come and go as they like, with startup mentors available
to help guide the projects to success. The event will culminate with product
demos and pitches to representatives of the Startup Atlanta community. Top
projects will be showcased at the Saturday night awards banquet.
"The point of Code:24
is not to win or lose, but to collaborate with other students to come up with a
great idea and build a prototype - we want people to get excited about the
projects being developed at NCC. We are definitely encouraging collaboration
between students from all universities and with all types of skills” said NCC
Contest Coordination Mark Grimes. "We hope to see some really neat projects out
Participant in Code:24 are not required to attend all of the
breakout sessions and may come and go to participate in other NCC events. Teams
may be made up of students from the same school or may have students from
multiple schools – individual participants are welcome!
For questions concerning the event, please visit http://aitpncc-contests.org/ or contact
NCC Contest Coordination Mark Grimes at firstname.lastname@example.org.