The Fourth Annual

What is the
Baltimore Hackathon?

Come embark on a 48 hour journey as we set sail with other innovators, creatives, thinkers and doers for a weekend full of learning and healthy competition. The three themes will navigate your ideas. Maybe it’s a problem that needs to be solved, an idea without the time, a skill that could help someone else, or just silly geekery, we welcome all skill levels and reasons for hanging out. Choose your own adventure for a chance to win some serious treasures.

We welcome all ages and skill levels.



sponsored by Under Armour

  • Blending technology components with products people wear on clothes or their body
  • Examples: Fitness/health, fashion, & productivity
  • Judge: UA Rep, George Hanson
  • Prize: $3000 Team and $1000 Individual

Seafarer's Choice

  • Using tech to solve a problem, be funny, create a product, or start a business!
  • Mobile apps, websites, software, etc. are all options!
  • Judge: Emmanuel Cephas Jr, Catharine Robertson & David Troy
  • Prizes: $1000 individual; $2000 team
  • MOIT Judge: Heather Hudson
  • MOIT Choice Prize: $2000


sponsored by Stanley Black and Decker

  • Like that of Seafarer’s Choice but hardware as the primary means (vs. software)
  • Examples: Productivity hacks, energy solutions, healthcare devices
  • Judge: Daniel White, VP Innovation, SB&D
  • Prize: $1000

Your Judges

Emmanuel Cephas, Jr. is an inventor and Social Impact Entrepreneur from Baltimore and founder of the education technology company, HUMAN STORM. He has worked for numerous organizations such as NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Northrop Grumman Space Technology.

Catharine Robertson has been making award-winning web experiences for nearly 20 years. She has been an Information Architect for The Berndt Group, Legg Mason, and is the User Experience Lead at eDaptive Systems, She has taught Information Visualization at MICA and is an organizer of Ignite Baltimore.

David Troy is the CEO and Co-Founder of 410 Labs and a founder of the Baltimore Angels He is the curator of TedxMidAtlantic and has given his own TED talk on social data visualizations.

Dan currently leads the advanced innovation team at Stanley Black and Decker. 17 years of experience in batteries, chargers, electronics, software and systems design largely focused on power tool, and high power density global product. Specializing in Innovation, Design to Value and user empathy to produce efficient and effective solutions.

George Hanson joined UA in 2015 as VP of North America E-Commerce. He joined from the Ascena Retail Group where he led eCommerce for Lane Bryant. Prior to Ascena, George held multiple international, strategy, eCommerce and merchandising roles at Lands’ End—most recently leading the Lands’ End Japan business.

Baltimore City's Chief Data Officer Heather Hudson has 19 years experience in technology -- concentrated in web design, application development and data. Heather began work with Baltimore coordinating the City's open data portal, OpenBaltimore. Under the leadership of Chief Technology Officer Jerome Mullen, Heather is spearheading the effort to begin modernizing and warehousing the City's many data sets which will lead to more efficient data analysis, improving the already internationally renowned CitiStat, as well as saving time and money through predictive analytics and shared processes.

Code of Conduct

Don’t be a jerk. We welcome everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We will not tolerate anyone showing any verbal or physical disrespect, harassment, and/or offensive comments. We reserve the right at any time to ask you to leave if you are participating in those actions. If you need to report an incident that violates this policy, please speak to an event organizer, volunteer, or email

Have fun and learn something new.


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Special thanks to our t-shirt designer of four years!

With venue and fiscal sponsor thanks to: