HBCU STEM Students Prepare For High Stakes Battle For Cash During SXSW

Several dozen teams of the top STEM and Business students of Historically Black University and Colleges (HBCUs) will come to Austin this spring to spar for college scholarships and bragging rights in the HBCUBOTBrains hackathon-style event.

These teams will take a business case and in 24-hours, provide a panel of industry leaders comprehensive strategies, go-to-market plans and technology solutions for a chance to win some of the $50,000+ in college scholarships.

In 2017, the inaugural competition drew seven teams from HBCUs across the country and crowned Paul Quinn College as the HBCUBOTBrains first winner.

“We purposely time the HBCUBOTBrains competition in March to provide the unique opportunity to engage some of the best and brightest among HBCU students with employers around the global icons convergence of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festival.” – Gregory Gibson Jr., Founder and Executive Director, HBCU Battle of the Brains.

Home Depot is the main sponsor and will help with college scholarship awards, travel stipends for several teams and provides partnering in the competition business case development and judging.
The HBCUBOTBrains competition will take place Friday, March 9 – Saturday, March 10, 2018 at The Home Depot Austin Technology Center.
The 2018 HBCU Battle of the Brains Team Registration is open through 11:59 pm Central Time on Sunday, February 18, 2018.