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Kathleen Shelton

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About this event

The SmallBizDev Hackathon in Chicago is a chance for you to create new financial solutions for 23 million American small businesses. With mobile technology positioned to make a real impact in this space, we want to see mobile apps that address the most critical challenges facing small businesses. So register today. The most promising submissions will win their share of our $20,000 prize purse.

Don’t know much about small business? Don’t worry. Experts will walk you through the market, highlighting the obstacles small businesses are wrestling with.

On-site technical resources and real-time user feedback will be available to help you and your team build an app with the potential for big impact.


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  • $10,000 Grand Prize
  • The grand-prize winner of each hackathon will also get a chance to demo their app in front of a panel of te...

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  • $5,000 Runner Up Prize (2)
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  • Saturday
  • 9:00am Doors open, check-in begins, breakfast served

    10:00am Kickoff

    10:20am Presentation and Panel Discussion: Small Business Challenges

    11:45am Idea pitches

    12:30pm Design Thinking & Tech Tips Workshops led by Capital One

    6:00pm Deadline to register teams

    7:00pm Dinner available

    11:00pm Doors close

  • Sunday
  • 8:00am Doors open, breakfast served

    11:45am Deadline to sign up to demo and post submission to ChallengePost

    12:00pm Lunch

    12:30pm Demo schedule posted, coding ends

    12:45pm Live demos begin

    2:15pm Voting for hackers’ choice award

    2:30pm Winners announced; closing remarks

    3:00pm Event ends



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