FAQs & Resources

  • WHAT’S AN HBCU BATTLE OF THE BRAINS?
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
  • DOES THIS EVENT REQUIRE AN ESCORT?
  • WHEN IS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE?
WHAT’S AN HBCU BATTLE OF THE BRAINS?
The HBCU Battle of the Brains is a hybrid between a “Hackathon” and a “Business Case Competition” where teams from HBCUs across the country will develop a solution to a complex issue, then pitch that solution in front of judges, as well as a live audience.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Registration for the HBCU Battle of the Brains is free! However, travel to and from Austin, and lodging are the responsibility of each participating school. Meals and transportation between official venues and host hotel will be provided to participating students throughout the weekend.
DOES THIS EVENT REQUIRE AN ESCORT?
No. The HBCU Battle of the Brains does not require that teams be escorted by a university official. However, we welcome university Presidents, administrators, and faculty to participate in this event. There will be much that engages them as well.
WHEN IS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE?
The deadline for registration is Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. EST. However, the deadline for registration, to receive a travel stipend is Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. EST.
  • WHY AT SXSW?
  • WHERE AND WHEN WILL WE CHECK IN?
  • WHERE WILL WE STAY?
  • DO I NEED A SXSW INTERACTIVE BADGE?
WHY AT SXSW?
Industry experts, brilliant minds, and global icons converge on SXSW in Austin, TX, every spring to exchange concepts, revolutionary ideas, to launch startups, and find talent that change how we see and engage the world.
WHERE AND WHEN WILL WE CHECK IN?
To be announced…
WHERE WILL WE STAY?
To be announced…
DO I NEED A SXSW INTERACTIVE BADGE?
HBCU Battle of the Brains has a weekend’s worth of official programming in store for you, from our welcome reception/check-in on Thursday evening through our Tech Tour on Monday. However, we are hosting this event in conjunction with South by Southwest (SXSW) for a reason. There will be opportunities to experience SXSW beyond our standard programming, and we’re providing a way to do it cheaper than ever. The regular price of a SXSW Interactive Badge is $1,125, HOWEVER your school can purchase a SXSW Interactive Badge for your students for $625. In addition, you will get a FREE SXSW Interactive Badge for every badge you purchase at the discounted rate. This brings the actual cost of a badge to $312.50 per badge for your students to engage in all that SXSW has to offer. This offer is extended to students, including HBCU Battle of the Brains participants, as well as students who will not be participating in the competition. Please apply for this opportunity at the following link:
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