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'Hack for Inclusion'

November 5 – 7, 2021



The Tech Hub Hackathon is a virtual event where participants form teams, vet ideas, create a project, then present their work to an expert panel of judges.

Teams will consist of developers, designers, project managers, and entrepreneurs, with successful teams having a mix of these areas of expertise and winners walking away with a combination of cash and in ­kind prizes!

Our theme this year is ‘Hack for Inclusion‘ with each project addressing issues of bias, diversity, accessibility and overall inclusion. Teams will collaborate to build a solution to combat DE&I struggles within an organization and/or municipality.


  • Immediate Job Openings – from Miami to Martin County


  • In Person & Remote Opportunities – FT/PT, Contract and Intern


  • Company Presentations – some of South Florida’s top employers


  • Virtual Booths – get info, connect with recruiters, and apply directly

Friday @ 5:30PM

Virtual Kickoff and Team Forming

Saturday @ 8AM

Hacking Officially Begins

Sunday @ 8AM

Presentations, Judging, Awards

First Place

$3,500 Cash Prize

Second Place

$1,500 Cash Prize

Third Place

$1000 Cash Prize

What is DE&I?

Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, political perspective or even experience, skills and opinions within a given setting or group of people.

Equity is the process of promoting justice, creating impartial and fairness in procedures and processes, and equal access to the same resources and opportunities for a diverse group within a given setting.

Inclusion is an outcome to ensure all people in a given group or setting made up of different identities actually are welcomed, feel a sense of belonging and value within a given setting. Inclusion is met when diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes and development opportunities within an organization or group.

* Tech Hub is offering ASL interpretation as an effort to make this event more accessible. It will be provided all weekend. *


What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is a competition where participants form teams, work intensively on a project, create a solution, and then pitch their ideas to judges.

What makes it unique?

This Hackathon is intended to serve our diverse community here in South Florida by giving our attendees a common goal to work towards that benefits the entire region.

How does it work?

First you register, then form a team at the kickoff, build your solution with the help of our technical coaches, and lastly present to a panel of judges.

What do I need?

A laptop, stable internet connection, headphones, a great attitude and creative mind, a strong cup of coffee (or tea, whatever you prefer), and a strong team.

What’s provided?

Virtual event platform, technical and pitch coaching, a hackathon box that includes awesome t-shirt, hackathon tips guide and fun promotional items! ASL interpretation is also provided.

Do I have to be a developer?

Definitely not! We welcome designers, writers, creatives, project managers, and anyone with an idea to participate.

The Rules

Code of Conduct


Amit Grover

Amit Grover

IT Group Manager @ FPL

Polly Xu

Polly Xu

Head of Big Data, AI & Share Service @ NextEra

3.5 x 4.5 (1.38" x 1.77")

Anton Kravchenko

Director of Product Management @ Mulesoft

Imran Siddiqui

Assoc. VP, BC Eduventures & BCEx @ Broward College

Erik Gavin

Director of Opportunity Connect @ Aire Ventures

Claudio Luis Vera

Head of Strategy @ Stark

Aaron Lockey

Sr. Director, Product & Technology @ Varis


Grace Kurian

Grace Kurian

Senior Director – IT Nuclear @ FPL

Britnye Kurty

Ntnl. Manger, Community Investment @ Office Depot

Stephanie Weeks

VP, Customer Experience & Design @ Varis

Caterina Rodriguez

National Anti-Bias & Inclusion Program Director @ Anti-Defamation League

2018 IT Lead Team in Juno Beach, Fla., on October 3, 2018.

Ashish Gupta

VP & CIO @ NextEra Energy

Jeanine Suah

Venture Capital Scout @ Florida Funders


Damián Montero

Tech Lead @ JM Family Enterprises

Michelle Bakels

Program Director @ G2i

Erika Holman

Sr. Lead UX Designer @ Varis

Rebecca Bakels

Software Engineer @ CITY Furniture

Ismeal Viamontes

VP of Software Engineering @ CITY Furniture

Todd Albert

Founder & Lead Instructor @ Boca Code

Beth Wagmeister

CEO @ Workplace Accessibility Group (WAG)

Isaac Rodriguez

Isaac Rodriguez

Head of Engineering @ Sustainabase

Max Kanter

Sr. Director & Architect @ Varis

Omar Williams

IT Manager @ FPL

Susan King

Agile Delivery Manager @ FPL

Kirk Suscella

IT Manager @ FPL

Organizing Committee

Parry - Palm Beach Tech Association 2019 Board of Directors

Andy Parry

VP of Application Development @ Office Depot

David Duitsman

Sr. Manager, IT @ Varis

Kara Fuller

Innovation Program Manager @ Florida Power & Light

Grace Kurian

Grace Kurian

Senior Director of IT – Nuclear @ NextEra Energy

Huguette St. Hubert

Community & Programs Intern @ Tech Hub

Nikki Cabus, VP of Development - Palm Beach Tech Association

Nikki Cabus

Interim CEO @ Tech Hub


Presenting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

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