Come develop a mobile app to support well-being! No experience? No problem.

Our partner Mendix is providing free mobile app development training and certification ($1350+ value!). Their platform enables even beginners to make sophisticated mobile apps. To get the certificate (looks good on your resume and LinkedIn! Gets you into the Mendix job board with internships and full-time positions), register below and we will add you to our Microsoft Team for the Hackathon. The instructions are there. Mendix is the global leader in low-code mobile app platforms according to Gartner.

Register here.

If you have questions about the Hackathon, you can email madlab@kennesaw.edu or contact one of the organizers:

Jessica Harris, Nina Lam, Amiyah Richardson, and Dominic Thomas 

(Deadline to Register: March 24, 2024 --> earlier is better to start the training and potentially complete the Intermediate Certificate... a minimum for jobs using their platform for mobile development... see their job community once you register... there are many well-paid opportunities)

Once you register, we will add you to the Apps for Well-Being Hackathon 2024 Team in Microsoft Teams. This is where you can ask questions, and we will be posting information and updates.

 

  • 1) Now: Register (Deadline March 24) Solo then take the training (brought to you for free through our Mendix partnership; $1350 value). Indicate names of people you want to work with if you already have an idea and team. If you do not have a team, no problem. We will match you to a team (max of 5 members).

    2) Months of February and March: Asynchronous Online Complete the Mendix Rapid Developer Certificate training prior to the in-person hackathon(Instructions in Teams after you register. Takes about 24 hours of work; can be split up into many small sessions as you wish.) Want to get a job doing this type of thing? Mendix is offering KSU access to the Intermediate Certification for free. At that level, you are competitive in their job market within their platform. As you complete the Rapid Developer Certificate, you will learn more.

    We will form/confirm teams and announce them to participants during the week of March 25 taking into account the input from the registration forms.

    3) In Person: April 4 and 5  KSU Center

    • April 4th  10am -9pm and April 5th 8am -5pm. Meals included plus work time and activities.

    Detailed agenda will be distributed via Teams.  There will be food and drinks all day plus prizes for the best solutions.

  • Make an app to support wellness. This can be interpreted broadly. You could bring awareness or help around mental health, financial literacy or regular exercise, mentstual health or any related issues (We have had apps in all these categories in prior events!).  There is a critical need for creativity and solutions in this area in society right now. You can help. Come even if you have little or no coding experience. You can learn to use the platform with the provided free training in mobile app development. Help students enhance their resume (There is a job market for the industry certification you will earn via Mendix). Get experience making a mobile app. Get access to the Mendix job board. Learn about low-code platforms from the top leader in the industry. See what is possible with the Mendix platform in healthcare below.

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  • Team apps will be judged on the following criteria:

    1. 25% for the concept. Creativity and innovativeness. What will it do? Why does that matter? Is there research stating the world needs this? What are the use-cases?
    2. 25% for demonstrating a mock-up interface ... which can be done in Figma, Mendix or any tool of your choice. 
    3. 25% for market and business strategy clarity. Identify who will use and pay for the tool, why it will be competitive among all other options out there, how it will generate revenue to cover its costs and maintain itself with udpates, etc. ... the business model and market strategy.
    4. 25% for completeness of prototype built in Mendix. Show your prototype in the Mendix platform and identify how much you got done as well as what was easy/challenging. 
  • Last year, KSU hosted 108 students1 at Apps for Well-being. They created 18 different mobile apps. The apps addressed mental health, women’s health, fitness, financial health, and a variety of unique weight management, food, navigation, meditation and other topics. With your involvement we will enable and motivate students to learn these technologies and continue developing real solutions this year. This year’s event will take place April 4-5 at KSU Center with workshops and work time. 
    Sponsorship Levels

    Meal provides food at the location to enable uninterrupted work.
    $1000
    ·       Logo on Website, Shirt, Splash Screen, etc.

    ·       Option to nominate/send judge

    ·       Free registration for 2 people


    Swag provides fun give aways to build community.
    $1000
    ·       Logo on Website, Shirt, Splash Screen, etc.

    ·       Option to nominate/send judge

    ·       Free registration for 2 people

    Prizes provides physical prizes, gift cards or scholarships to motivate students to do their best.
    $3000
    ·       Priority Logo: Website, Shirt, Splash Screen, etc.

    ·       Option to Name a Specific Category/Prize

    ·       Option to nominate/send judge

    ·       Option to host table at whole event

    ·       Free registration for 5 people

    Tech provides host platform, training, and certifications.
    $10,000
    ·       Priority Logo: Website, Shirt, Splash Screen, etc.

    ·       Option to nominate/send judge

    ·       Option to host table at whole event

    ·       Free registration for 5 people

    Host provides facility, logistics, and organizing.
    $5000
    ·       Priority Logo: Website, Shirt, Splash Screen, etc.

    ·       Option to nominate/send judge

    ·       Option to host table at whole event

    ·       Free registration for 5 people

2024 Sponsors

Level Sponsor
Technology and Training
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Mendix
Meals

Equifax
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Wellstar College
Wellstar College

Co-Hosts

Coles College Department of Information Systems and Security
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Women in Technology KSU
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ColorStack KSU
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Business Technology Club Logo
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