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Hackathon Back, Bigger and Better for a Second Year

October 23, 2023

Innovative students have an opportunity to win up to $5,000 with this year’s Innovate State Hackathon, a competition for teams of makers.

Sponsored by the MSU Libraries, the Bagley College of Engineering, the College of Business, the College of Education, the Provost Office, the Division of Finance and Administration, and the Idea Shop, the competition is open to all MSU students, regardless of major or classification. The event has maxed out at 24 teams with a total of 101 participants, plus a waiting list.

“I’m excited about the second Mississippi State University Hackathon. With a strong focus on experiential, hands-on learning, this is yet another example of how MSU aims to prepare students for real-world careers,” said Dr. Jason Keith, Dean of the Bagley College of Engineering.

Students will compete in teams of 2-5 people, according to organizer Melissa Grimes.

Grime said registration maxed out early, and teams are now working on their projects. After a month of planning, preparation and production, the teams will compete on Saturday, November 11.

“Team skills needed to compete include coding with Arduino, building a device, and assembling components to work with an Arduino,” Grimes said.

The grand prize this year is $5,000 with second place taking home $3,000 and third place receiving $1,500. All prize money is split equally among team members.