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A Hackathon with a twist: “Disaster Hack” the theme of 2017 UVI HackFest

Download the UVI HackFest 2017 flyer!

The University of the Virgin Islands, NEARix, EPSCoR, UVI RT Park and UVIdea will host its 2017 edition of UVI HackFest on both campuses November 17-18, 2017 with a twist. The theme will be “Disaster Hack”, inviting students to create apps we wish we had before, during and after the hurricanes. The focus is on proactively identifying and addressing problems while generating solutions in service to the community at large.

UVI HackFest is open to all UVI students, who are invited to form multi-discipline teams of 2-4 persons to vie for cash prizes as follows:

  • Best Hack: $500
  • Most Innovative: $100
  • Most Impactful: $100

Additional prizes will be awarded by EPSCOR and the RT Park.

The HackFest will be hosted on Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th from 8am to 3pm in the Library, second floor, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and in the Ralph Paiewonsky Library on the St. Thomas Campus on St. Thomas.

There will be free food, raffle drawings, and complimentary t-shirts.

For more information contact Dr. Tim Faley, Sokoloff Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, at Read the official release at


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