Key theme for the startup hackathon is to showcase the necessity for a successful startup to be build around two pillars: an exciting product on the one hand and a functioning business model on the other hand. There are a lot of examples for failures based on a great product but no functioning business model and vice versa. This builds the underlying learning we want to achieve with our startup hackathon and foster long-term collaborations across UC Berkeley’s campus to enable more successful startups founded here. The mission is operationalized into the hackathon’s program by requiring each team to develop a prototype and a business model. Both have to work hand in hand together to have a chance of winning the 1st prize. Mentors will regularly check-in with the teams to encourage interactions between business model creation and prototyping and similarly advice is printed on the business model canvas that are provided to the teams.

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$11,200 in prizes

Winning Prize

Cash Value - First Prize

Intel Recon Jets (4)

Best Hack will get these!

Walmart Innovation Fellowship

The most innovative idea determined by Walmart will get this award for next semester.

Second Place Prize

Cash Prize - Second Place

Third Place Prize

Cash Prize - Third Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Only Open to UC Berkeley Students or those that apply by the deadline!

Target Audience:

100 Students, 30% MBAs, 70% Engineers and other departments

Graduate students and undergraduate students, attendance by registration/application

Team building before event through mixer

How to enter

Please register at by Nov 27th!


Ikhlaq Sidhu

Ikhlaq Sidhu
UC Berkeley

Nicolas Borensztein

Nicolas Borensztein
CEO Crowd AI

Rhonda Shrader

Rhonda Shrader
Director BHEP, UC Berkeley

Myron Burke

Myron Burke
Emerging Technologies, Walmart

Jade Lai

Jade Lai
Investor, Playground

Judging Criteria

  • Prototype 40%
    (Idea, technical execution, user experience, design)
  • Business Model 30%
    (Value proposition & revenue model, go-to-market strategy, market potential, team & needs, partners, validation through customer interviews)
  • Integration between Prototype and Business model development 20%
    (alignment between business model and prototype, iterations)
  • Quality of Pitch 10%
    How well you can sell your idea!

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