EmergenTech: Hack ASU is a hybrid hackathon/pitch competition where participants will compete in multidisciplinary teams to apply emerging technologies to revolutionize public and private industries. Over 36-hours, participants will form teams, select an emerging technology for an industry focus and develop their prototypes and business concepts. The event will culminate in a pitch competition with a live audience and an elite judging-panel. Presentations will be judged on technical merits, design and concept feasibility. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

Competitors will be provided four options in both the emergent technology and industry application categories. Upon entry, competitors will select one option from each category. The emergent technology options are (i) machine learning, (ii) blockchain, (iii) internet of things and (iv) augmented/virtual reality. Industry applications are limited to (i) education, (ii) government, (iii) healthcare and (iv) real estate. As an example, a team may select virtual reality with a focus on the healthcare industry, and would use the competition to develop and present their system for supporting remote virtual surgeries.

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$4,650 in prizes

Best Overall First Place - Tuft and Needle Mattresses + $1K

Best Overall Second Place - $750

Best Overall Third Place - 500

Best Hardware Demo: (5)

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Current undergraduate and graduate students. Participants must be 18 years or older.

How to enter

To join EmergenTech, potential competitors will fill out the registration form provided at this link.


Mark Naufel

Mark Naufel
Director of Strategic Projects at ASU

Bryan Hales

Bryan Hales
Senior Product Development Manager at Workiva

Taylor Searle

Taylor Searle
Director of Business Intelligence at The Wolff Company

Nate Mortensen

Nate Mortensen
Principal at Tallwave Capital

Alex Slaughter

Alex Slaughter
Chief Technology Officer of Notebowl

Erik Lopez

Erik Lopez
Front End Developer at Tuft & Needle

Judging Criteria

  • Best Pitch
  • Best Hardware Demo
  • Best Product

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