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Register for Middlebury’s first hackathon–no experience needed!

MiddHacks

April 25-26, 2020

Axinn Center at Starr Library

A hackathon is a design sprint-like event in which participants form teams and work together around a specific idea or problem; they start from scratch to come up with new solutions. The goal of a hackathon is to create functioning software or hardware by the end of the event. We are not using a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system (in the popularized sense of the word); instead, we are building a prototype for an idea and problem statement in an innovative way in a given time.

Participants will work in teams of 3-5 to design and innovate amazing technical projects in just 24 hours. The hackathon will have the help of excellent mentors from our distinguished sponsors and Middlebury College professors. There will be exciting workshops and tech talks to attend. You may register just to attend our workshops and other fun tech-related sessions. We’ll have free food, prizes, games, and more. Don’t have a team, or even an idea? Don’t worry! We’ll give you the tools to build something incredible.

If this would be your first hackathon, that’s perfect! It’s ours, too. MiddHacks hopes to attract participants at varying levels of technical expertise and with a wide range of interests. We welcome all–from the first-year student who has never taken a coding class before college but is interested in technology to the senior majoring in Computer Science who has all the technical building blocks.

Are you looking for seed funding to work on a personal project this summer?

The Innovation Hub invites you to apply to MiddChallenge, a pitch competition that gives students (including graduating seniors) the opportunity to win up to $3,000 to work on their innovation ideas this summer.

A little briefing on how the competition works — students will choose to apply to one of four different competition categories: Business, Technology, Social Impact and Sustainability, and Arts. Students should submit their applications before March 19th. The top proposals in each category will be selected to pitch their idea for 10 minutes to a panel of judges, and two projects in each category will receive funding. Past winners have worked on their project either full time or alongside another summer internship. More info about the event, including the application form, can be found at go/middchallenge. Please reach out to mbenti@middlebury.edu with any questions.

MiddVentures Alumni Series with Coumba Winfield ’17

Curious about what it feels and looks like to run your own business?

Interested in learning more about the intricacies and highlights of starting a tech startup as a recent grad? Come meet Coumba Winfield ’17, MiddChallenge grant recipient, founder of app PopGig and currently self-employed as a graphic and web designer based in Burlington, VT. This talk and Q&A session will take place on Monday, October 7th at 5pm in the new location of the Old Stone Mill at 82 Weybrdge.

Midd Entrepreneurs J-Term Course Info Session

The Innovation Hub is now accepting applications for its J-Term course Middlebury Entrepreneurs. This is a visiting instructor-led winter term course taught by the team at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET). The goal of the class is to provide student entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge necessary for developing their ideas for a new business, tech company or social organization into a full-fledged startup.

Innovation Hub staff members and Sam Roach-Gerber, one of the instructors from VCET, will be holding an info session on Wednesday, October 2nd at 4.30pm in the Conference Room of the Innovation Hub. Join us if you are interested in learning more about the course or apply now to the course at go/MiddE20. Email Meron Benti ’19 mbenti[at]middlebury.edu if you have any questions in the meantime. 

MiddCORE Application are Due April 15

Transformative. Life-altering. 

That’s how college students describe MiddCORE: a four-week summer program for current college students and recent graduates who want to develop the SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, and CONFIDENCE to be successful in life and work. MiddCORE is a residential program where students live on the beach at Asilomar and classes are held at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey June 1–29, 2019. Through an intensive daily schedule of small-group classes and mentor-led workshops, students develop skills in innovation, strategic thinking, and leadership. The program is highly collaborative and hands-on, and students work closely with each other and more than 50 mentors from the top leading fields and professions. To better understand MiddCORE check out the brochurecoursebook,  alumni outcomes, and follow on Instagram

Application Due April 15.

“My month at MiddCORE was a turning point in my education. Every single day you are challenged to collaborate, be creative, and jump into situations that may have previously scared you. The people I met during MiddCORE are now some of my closest friends, as we not only went through struggles and successes together, but we got to explore an amazing new place in our off-time. I would absolutely recommend MiddCORE to anyone looking for a valuable adventure and an entire new network of talented connections.”

Nina Sweeney, MiddCORE graduate