, /PRNewswire/ — Registration is currently open for Zillow’s second annual HBCU Housing Hackathon for students attending Historically Black Universites and colleges (HBCUs). This program, in collaboration with United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and Amplify 4 Good, helps HBCU students develop critical tech and business skills because they compete for pretty much $90,000 in cash and prizes, while also gaining the chance to interview for paid internships.
Through the weeklong Zillow HBCU Housing Hackathon, beginning September 9, students will find out about the true estate industry, Zillow offerings, housing data, and different application programming interfaces. They will establish and pitch tech answers to help consumers overcome obstacles on the journey to locate a home. Student teams will show their suggestions to Zillow and tech-industry leaders, with top teams receiving cash and prizes for themselves and their universities.
The initial Zillow HBCU Housing Hackathon, in 2021, drew 150 students, representing 17 HBCUs. A team of four Morehouse College students won first place and a $20,000 prize for creating “Reliby,” an app that uses machine understanding how to predict increases in rent and utility costs at a particular address as time passes, this provides you with renters early warning about looming affordability challenges. Zillow also donated $25,000 to Morehouse College’s computer science program within the first-place prize.
“The grade of the tech solutions that the teams presented was impressive. Students leaned on the academic careers and life experiences to create some amazing ideas. It had been great to be portion of the program, also it made me excited for what’s ahead for the industry and tech all together with one of these future leaders,” said David Beitel, Zillow chief technology officer. “We’re thrilled to really have the United Negro College Fund and Amplify 4 Good joining the function as co-hosts for the next year. Mentors from these organizations help our students further develop their skills through workshops, hands-on enrichment, mentorship and teamwork.”
Teams might have as much as four members, and even though registration is available to HBCU students in virtually any degree program, each team will need to have at the very least two members signed up for computer science, computer engineering or perhaps a related program. Students thinking about taking part in the Zillow HBCU Housing Hackathon should visit www.zillowhbcuhackathon.com to find out more and register.
By the end of the task, team finalists will pitch their answers to a panel of judges. The first-place team will get a $20,000 cash award, split among its members, and Zillow will donate $25,000 to its school’s computer science program. Second- and third-place teams will receive $12,000 and $6,000 cash awards, respectively. Students from the very best three teams will receive new laptops and textbook gift cards. All eligible hackathon participants thinking about a job at Zillow could have a chance to interview for an internship.
“It’s awesome to conceptualize a project which could help many people and not just win the hackathon and receive prizes which are ideal for my team, but additionally help earn a donation for the college,” said Paul Lockett, an associate of last year’s winning team and a 2022 Morehouse College graduate. “We’d an idea, we executed onto it and we have been so happy we’d this amazing possibility to work and learn with Zillow.”
Chad Womack, Ph.D., vice president of National STEM Programs and Initiatives at UNCF, will undoubtedly be on the panel of judges for the HBCU Housing Hackathon. Womack also co-founded Black Tech Ventures, a venture tech firm intended to empower African American tech innovators and startup entrepreneurs, with a concentrate on fostering an entrepreneurial mindset on HBCU campuses.
“The UNCF is proud to be back for another year, partnering with Zillow on this impactful program for the students,” said Womack. “Our HBCU campus connections allow us to attain students who might not otherwise consider this type of challenge. We’re attempting to diversify the talent within STEM industries, and programs like Zillow’s HBCU Housing Hackathon help us do that.”
Womack will undoubtedly be joined on the judging panel by Zillow and tech-industry leaders, including Eric Bailey, Zillow vice president, Experience Design; Jennifer Butler, Zillow head of Government Relations and Public Affairs; Aldona Clottey, Zillow vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility; Tiffany Dockery, Etsy director of Product Management; Damien Peters, founder, Wealth Noir; and Jonathan Rabb, founder and CEO, Watch The Yard.
Registration for the hackathon closes Sept. 6. For more information or register, visit www.zillowhbcuhackathon.com.
Concerning the United Negro College Fund
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