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Entrepreneurship Academy

Battle of the Brains


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HBCU Battle of the Brains 

Bowie State University is looking for a team of 5-8 students. They stand to win $25,000!  This team will consist of

  • 2 Coders/Application Developers
  • 2 Business Experts
  • 2 Research/Data Analysts
  • 1 UX/UI Graphic Designer

to represent the university at the 2020 HBCU Battle of the Brains hackathon to be held virtually, 4th -7th of November, 2020. The HBCU Battle of the Brains is a 24-hour hackathon where students from HBCUs across the United States get to solve real world problems for large organizations and startups such as Home Depot, the National Football League, The National Basket Association, Dell etc. The event also includes students getting sponsored tickets to attend the annual SXSW (a convergence of interactive, film and music) festival held in Austin. The HBCU Battle of the Brain events provide selected students with networking opportunities and so much more. The winning teams get to take their project further with the sponsor company and gain work experience.


Application Opens: NOW

Application Closes: Thursday, September 17th @ 11:59 PM

HBCU Battle of the Brains: Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 to Saturday November 7th, 2020

General Required Documents

Fill out application under "Application", and send all required documents (listed below) to

  1. Writing Sample (This can be an individual essay or paper you wrote for a class recently. Any document that shows your ability to write professionally, clearly and succinctly).
  2. Current Resume
  3. Unofficial Transcript
  4. Letter of Recommendation from Department
  5. Letter of Interest
    1. This should include role applied for
    2. Supporting documentation for applied role such as
      1. Coder – Repository for working software or application developed
      2. Business Expert – Business plan document
      3. Research/Data Analyst – Conducted research or data visualization presentation
      4. UX/UI Graphic Designer – Design/UX/UI portfolio

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