Horizon AI Hackathon

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February 10, 2024
8AM - 8PM
Lakeside Expo Center


Registration Closed for this Event

The Challenge

Develop an AI-powered solution that addresses a need or challenge in todays' society. Your solution can target any industry, demographic, or issue, but it should showcase AI's potential to innovate, transform, and elevate.

Areas of exploration include:

  • Health & Wellbeing: Leveraging AI for early disease detection, mental health support, or personal wellness recommendations.
  • Environment & Conservation: Using AI to monitor climate change, preserve biodiversity, or optimize sustainable practices in urban settings.
  • Education & Learning: Harnessing AI to personalize learning experiences, support educators, or bridge educational gaps in underserved areas.
  • Finance & Economics: Developing AI tools for better financial forecasting, fraud detection, or economic growth in developing regions.
  • Entertainment & Media: Innovating with AI to create adaptive content, enhance user experiences, or revolutionize content distribution.

Submission Tracks

Select a prompt from any one of the following tracks. The prompts will be released for each track on the day of the event.

General Track Get a chance to solve an open-ended problem. Identify a problem, and design an innovative solution backed by artificial intelligence.
Health Track Health is more important now than ever. Leverage AI to solve the problems faced by patients, healthcare workers and hospitals.



Each track will have the following cash prizes for the winning teams.

1st place $2,000
2nd place $1,000
3rd place $500

Event Schedule

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Check-in and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Team Formation & Icebreakers

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Problem Statement & Guidelines Presentation

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Morning Hacking Session

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Guest Speaker Session: Miami - AI & Beyond by Mr. Burhan Sebin, Head of Research at Venture Miami, AI Advisor

Venue: Lakeside Auditorium

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Wireframing Interfaces for AI Powered Tools by Prof. Lorena Lopez

Venue: Lakeside Expo Center

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Afternoon Hacking Session

5:30 PM

Submission Deadline

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Presentation & Judging

7:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Awards & Recognition

7:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks by Organizers

8:00 p.m

Networking and Wrap-up

Guest Speaker

Burhan Sebin is the head of research at Venture Miami, where he fosters the tech ecosystem in South Florida by connecting key stakeholders such as founders, funders, and talent, and analyzing trends in the sector and aspects of quality of life to foster technological growth in the region.

His experience includes roles at international companies like Procter and Gamble and Redbull, as well as a background in tech entrepreneurship providing him with a comprehensive understanding of market dynamics and startup development. Burhan spearheads the Built in Miami incubator program, an initiative supporting tech entrepreneurs with Miami's resources to establish new companies.

He also serves as the Convener of the Miami Advanced Air Mobility Committee. This role entails collaborating with governmental agencies and industry leaders to integrate Advanced Air Mobility solutions in the region.

As the Founder of the Miami AI Hub, Burhan has built a strong community of AI enthusiasts and regularly shares AI insights through his weekly newsletter, which reaches over 3,000 subscribers. He is also a Member of the Board of Advisors for AI 2030, a global initiative focused on harnessing AI's transformative power for good.

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Sponsored by
Rothberg Catalyzer Fund

With the support of 
José Milton Foundation Digital Tech Initiative

In collaboration with

and the following student organizations:

Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)

Developer Student Club

Kappa Theta Pi (KTP)


Society of Women Engineers

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Engineering Student Council


For additional questions, e-mail hackathon@miami.edu