Pairing the verve of the startup community with the energy of fitness and sport enthusiasts, a new three-day hackathon aims to pump out startups with a new approach to health and wellness.
Billed as “the most active startup event on the planet,” Hackfit explores the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and healthy living, and challenges attendees to create a prototype or business model that’ll get people moving.
Think fun techie gadgets like Fitbit, an interactive Couch to 5k app, or a Yelp-for-gyms style website.
This April 4-6, bring your best ideas and you could win a $1,000 or $500 prize; at the inaugural event in Boston last September, first place went to Simply Lift, a novice weightlifting app that helps track your reps, sets and rest time at the gym.
Hackfit follows a traditional three-day hackathon format, but that’s where the similarities stop. Rather than Red Bull and pizza, the developers and designers here are treated to nutritious brain fuel, team building exercises and actual exercises – like morning yoga, martial arts, Tai Chi and rock climbing.
Here’s what the schedule looks like:
Friday: Kick off with an epic group workout followed by 60 second pitches, team formation, and brainstorming.
Saturday: Receive feedback from industry experts and focus on customer development, market validation, and rapid prototyping – all while checking out group exercise classes like yoga, CrossFit and running.
Sunday: Recharge your mind and body with a huge workout, demo your prototype and business model to potential investors, and see if you’ve got a prizeworthy idea.
Though attendees are predominantly developers, the crowd also includes designers, product managers, marketing consultants, and fitness pros.
The event kicks off at the same time as Philly Tech Week, and will be headquartered in cool NoLibs coworking lab, Impact Hub.
Sounds like something you can dig? Tickets are $89 until January 8, and will increase closer to the event.