February

20-22

2024 HACKATHON

PRODUCED BY

ROCKY HILL
COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

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2024 Topic: Hack the Horizon

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 aspires to make the world’s cities and communities safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable. 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050.  This year, students in grades PreK through 12 will collaborate to develop innovative solutions to the biggest problems facing our cities and towns – the lack of safe and affordable housing, economic inequalities, pollution, outdated systems of transportation, inadequate green space, and more.

Who?

In 2024, Hack for Global Good welcomes students from around Rhode Island to work together to develop innovative solutions related to UN Global Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. No prior Hackathon experience required.

Where?

Students will hack at Rocky Hill Country Day School in East Greenwich on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday afternoon, and Thursday morning. On Thursday afternoon, students will travel to District Hall in Providence to pitch their innovations to a panel of esteemed judges.

Why?

Participation in the Hack for Global Good offers students the opportunity to collaborate, ideate, problem solve, and network all while contributing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. As one of the Hack For Global Co-Chairs said, “Changing the world is hard, but a hard thing will become an impossible thing without a start. The Hack for Global Good can be your starting point.” Participating in the H4GG allows YOU to be a change agent. Join us!

The Pitch

Teams have just 5 minutes to present and share on stage using PowerPoint, video, posters, art, music, a physical prototype, a working model, 3D rendering, or any other method to explain their idea/solution.

Teams must be ready to clearly articulate the following before a panel of industry Judges:

1. The Problem
2. The Solution
3. The Impact

3 Winning Categories

Moonshot Idea

The “Moonshot Idea” award is given to the team with the most audacious and groundbreaking idea, impacting RI and the world (does not have to be possible in the immediate present). This teams shoots for the moon!

Global Impact

The “Global Impact” award is given to the team that presents a bold and broad solution, capable of impacting the most amount of people on planet earth.

Best Pitch

The “Best Pitch” award goes to the team that best articulates the problem, identifies a clear solution, and delivers a powerful presentation or “pitch” to the Judges.

The Agenda

Tuesday, February 20

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Kickoff Event with Keynote Speaker, Cutler Whitely

1:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Groups Hack (Focus Areas: Define and Ideate)

Wednesday, February 21

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Introduce Mentors

1:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Teams Hack / Mentors Support (Focus Areas: Prototype)

Thursday, February 22

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

"Telling the Story of Your Innovation" with Annette Tonti

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Pitching Scrub Session with RI Hub

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Work on Pitches

11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Lunch & Travel to Providence

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Pitch Competition (District Hall/CIC Building, Providence)

4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Venture Café Sustainability Gathering
Winning Teams Present

The world’s population is constantly increasing. To accommodate everyone,
we need to build modern, sustainable cities. For all of us to survive and prosper,
we need new, intelligent urban planning that creates safe, affordable
and resilient cities with green and culturally inspiring living conditions.

– Project Everyone

Hack Student Leaders

Cole Brown

Event Director

Cole Brown

Event Director

Carter Holubesko

US Co-Chair

Koray Kokturk

US Co-Chair

Alex Lehouiller

MS Co-Chair

Lilly Liebermensch

MS Co-Chair

Jeremi Morrison

MS Co-Chair

Hadley Wheeler

MS Co-Chair

Imanol Acevedo

LS Co-Chair

Leslie Monterosso

LS Co-Chair

Elliot Osbrey

LS Co-Chair

Delilah Tully

LS Co-Chair

Biagio DiCenso

Marketing Co-Chair

Ariana Hernandez

Marketing Co-Chair

Luke Lehouiller

Marketing Co-Chair

Elina Sun

Marketing Co-Chair

Aber He

UX Co-Chair

Sea Liu

UX Co-Chair

Katie O’Neil

Outreach Chair

Katie O’Neil

Outreach Chair

Speakers

Cutler Whitely

Keynote Speaker
on 2/20/24

Founder & CEO of Looie

Cutler is a recent Brown University Biotechnology (ScM) graduate and published scientist who previously earned a BS in CMGB (cell/molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry) along with a minor in psychology from Drexel University in 2018. In addition to furthering the scientific community as a published bench and clinical researcher for Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Jefferson Health, Drexel University College of Medicine, and the Drexel University Department of Chemistry, Cutler has partnered with several institutions and organizations within the greater Philadelphia area – including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Salvation Army, and MANNA to support the health and well-being of his local community.

From 2012-2014, Cutler competed as a sponsored, professional athlete on the World Snowboard Tour. Following his international snowboarding career, Cutler attended Delaware County Community College and eventually Drexel University. As an undergraduate, Cutler assisted with the development of Phi Delta Epsilon (PhiDE) – Drexel University’s undergraduate medical fraternity – and established the Peer Mentoring Program to support his peers academically. Cutler has ample experience leading philanthropy and fundraising campaigns for PhiDE’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Additionally, Cutler was a program assistant for the CARE Reimagined Project alongside Penn Medicine’s Innovation Team and has spent years as a published clinical researcher for the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

More recently, Cutler was a Scientist II at Novartis in cancer drug discovery where he and his team plan to create novel therapies and technologies. He is now working full-time as the founder of Looie (https://www.looie.app/blog) and cofounder of Astellar Labs, which has landed him an opportunities to partake in the Mass Challenge Accelerator and as a finalist in the Get Started Rhode Island Pitch Competition. Cutler’s broad healthcare, computer science, and scientific experience has prepared him for both technical and entrepreneurial career paths.

Annette Tonti

“Telling the Story of Your Innovation”
Speaker on 2/22/24

Managing Director, RIHub

Annette Tonti is an executive with over 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience and an early pioneer in the online advertising and mobile markets. She’s been a founder of 3 high tech startups and has raised over $30M from Venture and Angel investors. What is it that she truly loves? The application of new ideas to solve a customer problem. 

Early in her career, she worked digital strategies for Fortune 1000 businesses, ran a global program for the MIT Media Labs, and headed up operations for a global telecommunications consultancy. She’s been a recognized leader at the intersection of technology and business model possibilities. Her strengths include: using technology innovation to develop new business models, creating highly motivated teams, and Software as a Service (SaaS) innovations.

She is proud to be running Rhode Island’s Innovation Hub, RIHub, where she helps high-potential growth companies land and expand here in Rhode Island. 

Judges

Peter Asen

Policy Systems and Environmental Change Expert

Eva Davet

Department of Energy Resources Intern

Tory Dumas

Waterfront/ Marine Structures Project Engineer, Tighe & Bond

Alex Millard

Director of Business Development, Ameresco

Nishita Roy-Pope

CEO & Founder,
Tribe Academy LLC

Tuni Schartner

Co-founder & Director of The Hive RI, Tuni Schartner Consulting, RI’s Economic Gardner

Annette Tonti

Managing Director, RIHub

Kristin Urbach

Executive Director, North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Wilhelm

Founder & CEO,
Infused Innovations

Tory Dumas

Waterfront/ Marine Structures Project Engineer, Tighe & Bond

Alex Millard

Director of Business Development, Ameresco

Nishita Roy-Pope

CEO & Founder,
Tribe Academy LLC

Tuni Schartner

Co-founder & Director of The Hive RI, Tuni Schartner Consulting, RI’s Economic Gardner

Annette Tonti

Managing Director, RIHub

Kristin Urbach

Executive Director, North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Wilhelm

Founder & CEO,
Infused Innovations

Mentors

Jeff Bodenstab

RIHub Mentor

Susan Daly

Consultant

Chris Englund

International Go-to-Market Consultant

Manit Kaushal

Co-founder & CTO, UPI

Elle Moore

Planning Technician
Town of North Kingstown Planning Department

Mia Nolan

VMS Program Director, RIHub 

Jim Owens

Principal, Nautilus Defense

Jill Rasmussen

ABD Cybersecurity and Innovation Expert

Chandler Rudert

Senior Project Manager,
Consigli Construction

Annette Tonti

Managing Director, RIHub

Chris Englund

International Go-to-Market Consultant

Manit Kaushal

Co-founder & CTO, UPI

Mia Nolan

VMS Program Director, RIHub 

Jim Owens

Principal, Nautilus Defense

Jill Rasmussen

ABD Cybersecurity and Innovation Expert

Chandler Rudert

Senior Project Manager,
Consigli Construction

Annette Tonti

Managing Director, RIHub

Our Partners

H4GG is excited to announce partnerships with RI Hub, CIC, Venture Café, and Looie. 
Looie’s Founder & CEO, Cutler Whitely, will kick off the hackathon as our keynote speaker.

Hack teams will be supported by expert RI Hub mentors as they ideate and prototype solutions at this year’s hackathon. Our final pitch event is hitting the road in 2024, and thanks to CIC’s District Hall, hack teams will pitch their innovative solutions right in the Center of Providence’s Innovation and Design District.

Winners will then have the opportunity to share their solutions with the wider Providence innovation community at a specially designed Venture Cafe Thursday Gathering.

Hack Gallery