At the Nash Hack Weekathon pitch competition, we’re giving eight applicants a chance to stand on stage, tell the community who they are and what they want to build, and pitch why other talented people in tech should join their team to help them build their project idea. This Saturday, the applicants will pitch in front of 3 local panelists who will decide who gets to go through a week of consulting sessions for product strategy, UX design, tech stack planning and build planning.
We encourage you to come hear the pitches and see which 4 teams will be selected as feature teams for the Nash Hack Weekathon! Grab your free ticket now!
We’re ready to hear all of the creative, innovative pitches from these nine applicants, and we’re honored to be able to introduce you to them. Meet the Nash Hack Weekathon Applicants!
Cristian is a first-generation immigrant from Colombia who has now been living in Tennessee for 13 years. He recently quit his corporate job in Civil Engineering to fully pursue entrepreneurship ideas he’s had. He is excited to pitch his idea of an app that helps you figure out where to go eat in a fun and quick way. The app is basically an interactive Food Network in your pocket that is much more exciting than reading long Yelp reviews.
Angie is a brand new UX/UI Designer and UX Researcher. She just finished school and is excited to participate in Nash Hack Weekathon as her first hackathon she’s done. She wants to make a difference in this world by creating an app that tracks the amount of food wasted & money lost as a result of the waste, incentivizing the user to modify habits.
Hunter is a 19 year old Developer and Marketer. He wants to build a social media app that focuses on connecting users in real life through events, social groups, and has enhanced social tools designed to help find users find like-minded people.
Matt was a Special Operations soldier in the US Army. He wants to create a nanotech indicator that allows patients to verify the authenticity of their drugs, thereby forcing retailers to order authentic meds and gaining back for pharma firms the $200 billion per year they lose in revenue.
Joseph has a background in small business entrepreneurship and youth development. He’s passionate about equipping young people and underserved communities with tools for social transformation. His application, Fathom, will use MVP Change Agents, a classroom and workplace program for young adults to develop skills for work life success. Change Agents consist of a six module project-based curriculum that challenges young people to explore entrepreneurship through the lens of social justice, align personal and professional goals while developing transferable skills like critical thinking and creative problem solving.
Andrew is currently an ADA Consultant at HCA but has started learning how to code earlier this year. His project is called “Bite Me”, and it is an app for travelers. It follows suit with Tinder, in regards to swiping right if you want to check out a restaurant or left if it doesn’t interest you.
Elvis is a Full Stack Web Developer. He discovered that streaming platforms, Twitch and YouTube, allow anyone an opportunity to pursue their passion, and make truly caring communities with their fans. There is a clear market of consumers finding personalized content with all these creators, but not enough access to revenue for the creators to go full time and make a living. He wants to create a service that allows viewers to make contracts with the creator.
Matthew has a degree in Sociology from Princeton and moved to Nashville from New York in 2014 after completing a 50-state road trip promoting mental health awareness at country music festival and events (“Country Stomps Out Stigma”). Matthew wants to bring innovative new solutions, greater transparency, and eliminating conflicts of interest with regard to health insurance, retirement plans, and workers compensation insurance.
John learned to code at a young age and sold his first program when he was 13 years old. He’s active in the Greater Nashville Tech community as co-organizer of the Nashville Machine Learning and Nashville Data Science meetups and mentor to Nashville Software School students. He’s currently building DeepREM, a machine learning agent that links, indexes, and organizes documents while running in the background on your computer. Similar to how the human brain uses sleep to organize daily sensory input, DeepREM incrementally organizes your file contents systematically and hierarchically into virtual topics/classes/taxonomies based on metadata and text/numerical contents. It can be customized by automatically learning how you organize files. It’s much more than a file browser or search agent.
Join us this Saturday (October 6) at 5pm at the Nashville Learning Center to watch the pitch competition! Grab your free ticket now!
If you can’t make it to the pitch competition, that’s ok! We have many other events for Nash Hack Weekathon that you are welcome to attend.