HuntsmanHacks is a signature experience exclusively designed for Wharton underclassmen. On 2019-02-09T08:30:00Z, hundreds of freshmen and sophomores will apply concepts from their core business courses to real company challenges in an immersive day-long challenge. In teams of 4-5 they will compete for over $2500 worth of prizes.
In the second annual HuntsmanHacks competition, teams will solve challenges currently facing Vox Media today. They will work closely throughout the day with representatives from the company to provide their own recommendations and solutions. We like to call it a business hackathon—instead of coding, we expect you to solve challenges using your business knowledge.
HuntsmanHacks is a great opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world business challenges currently faced by a global company. Beyond the amazing learning experience, HuntsmanHacks is completely free. Students also compete for a chance to win huge prizes, including over $2500 in cash prizes and a grand prize of a full day experience visiting Vox Media's HQ in New York City!
We're excited to have you! You can register for HuntsmanHacks individually or in teams of 4-5 here. Registration is completely free and closes on 2019-02-03T23:59:59Z at 2019-02-03T23:59:59 EST.
|8:30 AM||Check-In Opens + Breakfast|
|9:00 AM||Opening Remarks|
|10:00 AM||Round 1 question is distributed to teams|
|11:15 AM||Snack break after Round 1 ends|
|11:30 AM||Round 2 question is distributed to teams|
|12:45 PM||Lunch break after Round 2 ends|
|1:45 PM||Round 3 question is distributed to teams|
|3:00 PM||Snack break after Round 3 ends|
|3:30 PM||Mini presentations to judges|
|4:15 PM||Snack break after mini presentations|
|4:30 PM||Final presentations begin from 5 top teams (strict 8 min + 3 min Q&A each)|
|5:45 PM||Closing Remarks and Awards Ceremony|
|6:00 PM||Event Ends|
Think creative (innovative digital media), think broad (325+ media brands and communities), and think global (750 MM people reached).
The partner for HuntsmanHacks 2019-02-09T08:30:00Z is Vox Media!
With brands like The Verge, Eater, and SBNATION, Vox Media has reached over 750 million people and represents the pinnacle of creativity. As a prestigious modern media company, Vox Media believes in the power of going deeper to connect with global, passionate, curious audiences. With its proprietary publishing, advertising, and content creation platforms, Vox Media is shaping the future of journalism and entertainment.
They're excited to work with you over the course of the event!
Through three rounds of questions, you will think through current challenges Vox Media faces, apply what you have learned in your courses at Wharton, and present your recommendations directly to Vox Media representatives
In a business hackathon students will work in teams to apply concepts from their core business courses to real company challenges in an immersive day-long challenge. While it is similar to a case competition, there are a few main differences: (1) you will only find out the questions at the beginning of each round, (2) the questions in each round may or may not relate to one another, and (3) you will have the opportunity to work closely with representatives from the partnering company throughout the day so that you can receive feedback and iterate on your ideas as you go. Additionally, unlike an engineering hackathon, coding will not be required—the "hackathon" component describes the rapid rate of ideas and work you will be producing.
Please see the Company section of our website for more information on the partnering company.
You may either register for the event individually or in teams. Teams must be comprised of 4-5 Wharton freshmen or sophomores. Although not required, it is beneficial to work with students from a well-rounded background in both interests and courses taken (e.g. if two members have taken FNCE100 + ACCT101 and the other two have taken MKTG101 + STAT101). If you register for the event individually, you will automatically be paired with teammates when registration closes on 2019-02-03T23:59:59Z at 2019-02-03T23:59:59 EST.
Yes, as of now HuntsmanHacks is only open to Wharton students in the Class of 2021 or 2022.
The questions will not be released ahead of the event. You will receive the questions at the start of each of the three rounds. The questions will draw on a variety of subjects/concepts you have learned throughout your core business courses, such as marketing, statistics, financial analysis, globalization, ethical dilemmas, communication, and data interpretation. To prepare for the event, we recommend you research the background of the partnering company.
Submissions from each round are judged based on their creativity, feasibility, innovativeness, and overall merit. Teams will not be eliminated after each of the rounds, however, only five teams will be selected to present their ideas and solutions to the partnering company in the Final Round.
Your fundamental business classes should reasonably prepare you for this event. We also recommend you research the background of the partnering company before the event. It would be beneficial to understand, from recent news, current challenges the company is facing and to think through ways you could address these challenges.
The attire for HuntsmanHacks is business casual. You are not required to wear a suit, but we recommend you appear professional for our corporate guests that will be in attendance.
Vox Media is thrilled to bring HuntsmanHacks winners to our New York City headquarters — home to editorial talent from Eater, Curbed, The Verge, Vox, SB Nation, Polygon, Recode, and teams of engineers, marketers, sellers, and strategists. Winners will meet with leaders from Vox Media's emerging podcasting and platform businesses, enjoy lunch at an Eater-selected restaurant, and more. As a company that believes in cultivating passion, we are also pleased to arrange for each winner to meet someone from the Vox Media team of his or her choosing.
Grand Prize: $1,000 cash
Second Place: $500 cash
Third Place: $250 cash
Specialized Tracks: $250 cash
Participation: HuntsmanHacks t-shirt and food
HuntsmanHacks will take place on 2019-02-09T08:30:00Z from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM. The Info Session will take place on 2019-01-23T19:00:00Z at 2019-01-23T19:00:00.
This event is organized by the Wharton Dean's Undergraduate Advisory Board (WAB) with support and funding from the Undergraduate Division of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
You may contact our team any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you within 24 hours!