May 19, 2018, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Northeastern University–Seattle, 401 Terry Ave N
ProtoHack exists to show entrepreneurs that they can create something amazing from nothing without having to write a single line of code. We empower and enable the non-technical community with the tools, knowledge, and know-how that will help bring their idea to life and visually communicate it through prototyping.
ProtoHack requires no coding. Instead, you’ll be using prototyping tools, drag and drop editors, mockups, wireframes and anything else you think of to visually demo your idea on stage. Competitors will work in teams (up to 5) or solo.
ProtoHack is a 9-hour experience where you will build a prototype that communicates an idea visually. During ProtoHack you’ll learn how to use the best prototyping tools in the industry, network with like-minded people with various backgrounds, become a better product person, and receive access to prototype tools, learning communities, and other prizes just for attending (up to $300-400 value!)
- 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM | Registration + Networking
- 9:30 AM – 9:45 AM | Setting Expectations + Agenda
- 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM | Teaming up
- 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Design Thinking Workshop by Tyrone Good, Netflix
- 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM | Lunch Break
- 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Presentation by Rick Turner, Northeastern University-Seattle
- 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Mentor Lounge
- 5:15 PM | Submission Deadline
- 5:30 PM | Pitches + Judging
- 6:00 PM | Prize Presentation
Over the course of 12 hours
1) Form a team: network and collaborate with like-minded people who will help you bring the idea to life
2) Ideate and brainstorm: think up every crazy idea possible, collaborate, and narrow it down
3) Prepare a business plan: identify the problem you’re solving, who your customer is, and how to monetize
4) Design a prototype: visually communicate your solution through a working prototype using some of the best tools in the industry
5) Get mentorship: meet with industry experts to help you with your pitch, business model, and design
6) Prepare a presentation: you’ll have up to 10 slides and 90 seconds to showcase the work you’ve done in the last 12 hours
7) Pitch to a panel of judges: notable founders who can help validate your idea
This event will be held at Northeastern University’s Seattle campus in South Lake Union, a hub for innovation and in the heart of Amazon’s downtown headquarters.
Northeastern University–Seattle is home to the Align Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program, which provides a direct path to an MS in Computer Science and a high-demand, rewarding career—for non-computer science degree holders with no previous programming experience. Align equips students across disciplines with the knowledge and practical skills they need to transition into computer science, regardless of their background and bachelor’s degree. Students gain real-world work experience through a six to eight month co-op or internship at one of Northeastern’s many industry partners—including firms like Amazon, Google, and Zillow. Align MSCS is a unique way to launch a rewarding career in a dynamic, high-demand, fast-growing field.
Speakers & Judges
Women in Tech Regatta
Founder & CEO