Coming in FEBRUARY 8-9, 2022
Hip Hop Hackathon
What is the Hip Hop Hackathon?
Hip Hop Hackathon says "Permission Not Required" to give undervalued talent access to the best of STEM.

Hip Hop Hackathon is a community of creators, makers, and changemakers who have the power to craft the future of technology and culture by leveraging their unique talents to build solutions that address real-world problems. We know that our movement is not limited to the three pillars of rap, dance, and technology. We are artists and creators from all walks of life who have the potential to combine their expertise across a variety of disciplines to empower the culture.
Community Partners
Data 360 is a women-led community interest company with an ambitious mission to create software that transforms the way companies, governments and communities use data.
Urbanime is a culture x comics company that creates authentic experiences that empower multicultural audiences through imaginative storytelling.
When you join a Google Developer Group, you'll have the opportunity to learn new skills in a variety of formats. You'll also meet local developers virtually or in person with similar interests in technology.
Why Hip Hop Hackathon?
The Hip Hop Hackathon came together in response to the alarming stats for Blacks in STEM.

The proportion of bachelor’s degrees in science awarded to Black graduates remained flat at about 9 percent from 2001 to 2016, according to the most recent available figures from the National Science Foundation; in engineering, it declined from 5 percent to 4 percent; and in math, it dropped from 7 percent to 4 percent.

More recent figures released in April by the Pew Research Center show that, in 2018, Black students earned 7 percent of STEM bachelor’s degrees.

College-going trends that have occurred during the pandemic threaten to lower these proportions even further. Total Black undergraduate enrollment at universities and colleges is down by more than 7 percent this semester from where it was last spring, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports.
In addition to bringing together talented young people from undervalued communities, the Hackathon creates a venue for showcasing the creativity and building skillsets that can lead to a lucrative stream of income in a variety of high-demand careers in the tech sector.

Hip Hop was built on the idea of making the most of what you have, not waiting for permission. That’s why Hip Hop Hackathon is excited to announce the launch of our first ever STEM challenge. By creating Hip Hop workshops that focus on technology and programming, we’re making it easier for minority students to break into the tech industry. Join us as we present this challenge to rising talent with updated creative, technical and innovative resources.

We are focused on providing opportunities and mentorship to traditionally underrepresented and underserved communities through the power of technology. The hackathon's goals are:

1. To promote STEM education and careers,
2. To encourage everyone with an interest in computer science to pursue higher education or training,
3. To build community within the larger Hip Hop communities around the United States and beyond to a global audience, and
4. To celebrate the legacy of the culture of Hip Hop.

What Should You Expect?
Create teams!
Organize a great team of several people! Alternatively, you can work solo.
Brainstorming
Brainstorm, create, test! You will have a day and a night to present your project to the jury.
Innovations
Create an innovative idea! We believe the new generation can open the best ways in tech.
Honors
Every team will get prizes from our sponsors, and special prizes of
$10,000 in software and much more!
Tracks of the Hackathon
Game innovations with Project Morpheus
Project Morpheus offers an opportunity to work on PlayStation and virtual space, so come together to work with new sceneries, designs, and code.
Social services
New ideas for banking, time management, social living, meeting, sharing, and others. Improve social life and communications with your ideas!
AR/VR Advertising
Advertising is everywhere. Catch a chance to become a part of its reinvention. Create new conceptions for AR/VR marketing in real life!
Learning and education
Research has been done on learning in virtual reality, as its immersive qualities may enhance learning. Maybe you are the one who knows how to learn faster and more efficiently!
Product development
This track is about innovations in real-life products. Any product can always be improved. Or maybe you will design something special, something we didn’t even think about?
Schedule
Here is the updated
schedule of events February - June 2022
Feb 8-9
Kick-off events and announcement HipHop Hackathon with Data 360, Urbanime
Mar-May
Training of registered participants in the Hip Hop Hackathon with Urbanime media support and Data 360 training services, teams are vetted and selected
April
Career fair / sponsor event April 2022 all sponsors and partners with Urbanime media support and Data 360 training services
Apr-Jun
Pre-qualified and tournament events happen in April - June 2022 with Urbanime media support and Data 360 training services
June
Hackathon June 2022 with Urbanime media support and Data 360 training services
Take Part in Nominations
Best new game project
Best social innovation
Best educational innovation
Best usability innovation

Frequently Asked Questions


When is the Hip Hop Hackathon?

The community kick-off for the Hip Hop Hackathon will take place February 8-9, 2022 continue with training, workshops, events online and nationwide through June 2022 with a one-week competition. Register to attend at hiphophackathon.com.

What is happening between now and then?

The team and sponsors are holding various workshops and programs in communities throughout the United States with community, government, non-profit and corporate partners to spread the word about the movement.

When is the Hip Hop Hackathon launching?



We are launching on November 8, 2021 on National STEM Day.


The National STEM/STEAM Day is solely focused to help people of all ages and walks of life to rekindle their passion for innovation in the fields of STEM/STEAM.


The concept has been promoted greatly since the 2000s where the studies showed that most of the U.S. students were not keen on having careers in the STEM discipline than other countries. The report also predicted that the country will not be able to compete in the global economy if the situation continues. After this realization, educators focus more on STEM/STEAM research, education, and education policy.


Where is Hip Hop Hackathon launching?


We are launching on SWAY's Universe.


Exclusive interviews from Sway Calloway and the Sway In The Morning/ SwaysUniverse.com team with some of today's biggest celebrities, like Kevin Hart, Kanye West, Eminem, Usher, Jessica Alba, Steve Aoki, Torey Lanez, Julia Stiles and so much more. Sway's YouTube channel has 2.4 million subscribers.


What is the short term and long term vision?


Team members for the project will be working to obtain annual sponsorship for the Hip Hop Hackathon in the short-term to build up the infrastructure and staff for this initiative. Long-term the team members for this project will be working to create an annual collaboration of events throughout the United States and globally.


What will participants learn?



Participants will be certified via Accredible (see accredible.com) on the following tracks:


Game innovations with Project Morpheus

Project Morpheus offers an opportunity to work on PlayStation and virtual space, so come together to work with new sceneries, designs, and code.


Social services

New ideas for banking, time management, social living, meeting, sharing, and others. Improve social life and communications with your ideas!


AR/VR Advertising

Advertising is everywhere. Catch a chance to become a part of its reinvention. Participants will create new conceptions for AR/VR marketing in real life!


Learning and education

Research has been done on learning in virtual reality, as its immersive qualities may enhance learning. Participants will create solutions to help people learn faster and more efficiently!


Product development

This track is about innovations in real-life products. Any product can always be improved. Participants will be encouraged to design something special, something we didn’t even think about.


Do I need to know how to code?

People of all skill levels can join, even if you've never written a line of code. We'll teach you everything you need to know to take part in the project

Who can participate?

Attendees must be over 18 and agree to the Hip Hop Hackathon Code of Conduct

Contribute to the Hip Hop Hackathon


Register to contribute as a mentor, adviser, teacher, speakers, event facilitator or sponsor of hiphophackathon.com.
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