March 22-24, the Student Business Incubator at the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business hosted the First Annual Business Hackathon. This three-day event brought together 11 teams of undergraduate and graduate students representing 14 majors across campus. Student teams worked tirelessly through the night to create solutions to global healthcare, education and military problems. Their solutions merged concepts from business and technology in a real-life simulation.
“The combination of majors provided fertile ground for not only the computer driven programming of these technological solutions, but also a business perspective aimed at the monetization and commercialization of these idea,” said Scott Benjamin, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business.
Lead sponsors Cisco Systems and Thrupoint provided access to their proprietary tool kits, onsite mentoring throughout the weekend and served as judges for the final presentations on Sunday in the Hartley Room.
“The presentations were absolutely fantastic,” said Benjamin. Teams included working demos of their technology while keeping a focus squarely on the commercialization of their ideas. The winning team, Nexus, took home the $2,500 grand prize while prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 were awarded to other competitors.
The next steps for these technologies include development of the ideas at the Student Business Incubator. “By merging business and engineering majors and providing an ecosystem for business development, Florida Tech is well on its way to becoming known as the center for technology commercialization,” said Benjamin.