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AI Hackathon February 2024

February 25, 2024


February 25, 2024

9:00 am


8:00 pm

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We're excited to announce Hackathon February 2024 taking place at SURF Incubator in Seattle, Washington.

This event is not just for developers, entrepreneurs, and people working in tech. If you’ve been inspired by the developments in AI and are ready to build something, then this event is for you!

Join us for an exciting day of innovation, learning, and collaboration as we push the boundaries of AI and explore its potential to transform industries and improve people's lives.

This event is made possible by our friends at SURF Incubator in partnership with Leaner Startups.

What to Expect

We'll kick off with a meet and greet to get acquainted with some of your potential team mates and the space you'll be working out of. Food and drinks will be available.

You'll start the day by forming a team with other participants - no prior team or idea needed! You'll brainstorm ideas for an AI product and then spend most of the day building a proof-of-concept. Keep in mind that all work on your project must be completed at the hackathon. At the end of the day, each team will present their project to a panel of judges, and there will be an awards ceremony to select the winners.

We will also be offering AI workshops to help your team better understand how to harness the power of AI in your projects.

In addition to networking with your peers, you'll have the opportunity to interact with Seattle and Bellevue's leading venture capitalists, people, and organizations who are working on the cutting edge of AI.

Afterwards, we'll be having an after party from 8-11PM to relax and celebrate another successful hackathon!


The schedule for the event is not set in stone and can change anytime before the event.

9:00 am - Check-in

Get checked in and network with your fellow peers. Meet potential team members and discuss different ideas.

10:00 am - Kick-off presentation

We'll kick things off with a presentation covering introductions, judges & prizes, and timing for the day.

10:15 am - Hackathon Begins

It's time to start hacking! During this time, mentors will be available to assist teams in developing their ideas. We will host a "speed pitch" round for participants still looking for a team.

1:00 pm - Lunch

Enjoy a delicious lunch (Pending Sponsors) and swap ideas with your team.

4:30 pm - Pitch Practice

Get ready for the final presentations with a session focused on perfecting your pitch. Receive feedback from mentors and get ready to impress the judges.

5:00 pm - Deadline, first pitches begin

All projects must be completed at this time. The first round of presentations begins. Judges will send the winners to the final round.

6:00 pm - Final Presentations

It's time to show off your hard work! Finalists will present their solutions to a panel of judges and compete for prizes and recognition.

7:00 pm - Awards Ceremony and Networking

Celebrate the day's successes with a closing awards ceremony and networking session. Meet new people, exchange contact information, and continue the conversation beyond the hackathon.

8:00 pm - Event ends

The event will officially end at this time. We hope participants will leave inspired with new ideas and a better understanding of artificial intelligence.

After Party!!!

Enjoy Snacks, and Drinks while we unwind from a long weekend of hacking!

Judging Criteria

There will be two rounds of judging. The initial round will consist of a 3 minute pitch by every team in front of all attendees and judges. The judges will select the 5 best ideas to be promoted to the final round. In the final round, each team will have 5 minutes to answer the judges' questions and make any last impressions before the judges vote on the top 3 teams to win the hackathon.

Projects will be judged across 5 dimensions:

  • Is the idea innovative and creative, and does it address a real-world problem?
  • What is the potential market value of the solution, and is the business model viable, revenue-generating, and scalable?
  • What is the potential impact of the solution, including social, environmental, or economic impact?
  • How was the quality of the presentation and pitch of the solution, and how well can the team articulate the problem, solution, and value proposition?

The Space

The SURF incubator is a perfect space for this event, providing plenty of desks, conference rooms, and office space to spread out and work on your idea with your team.

How you can help

This event is made possible by the hard work of volunteers who are passionate about AI and its potential to grow our communities. We also rely on the generous support of sponsors to throw these events. Sponsorship contributions help us cover essential expenses like venue costs, food and beverages, printing costs, prizes, and more. We are grateful to our sponsors for their continued support, which allows us to create a dynamic and engaging event for our participants. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring our event, please visit our website at https://leanerstartups.com/sponsorships or contact us directly at sponsorship@leanerstartups.com. Additionally, we welcome individuals or organizations who would like to contribute in any other way to make this event successful. Your support is greatly appreciated and will help us to continue organizing more events like this in the future.

Get in contact

If you have any questions, please visit our website at https://leanerstartups.com or send us a message through our contact page. If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the event, please visit https://leanerstartups.com/volunteer. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, please visit https://leanerstartups.com/sponsorships. We look forward to hearing from you!


Surf Incubator café event room

SURF Incubator


999 3rd Ave Seattle WA 98104


SURF Incubator is a community-supported space for digital entrepreneurs.





Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm that is known for providing high-value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service on matters vital to our clients’ success.


Legal services associated with the formation and organization of a corporate entity. This includes drafting the full set of documents that is typical for the formation of a new Delaware corporation, including certificate of incorporation, bylaws, founders’ stock agreements, equity incentive plan and related form documents, intellectual property assignment agreements (to be signed by the founders), and a library of form agreements (NDAs, employee offer letters, consulting agreement, advisor agreement, etc.). This is premised on the formation documents being in standard and customary form, without material changes. This further assumes that our recommendations as to typical/market practice will generally be followed, that custom/non-standard provisions will be avoided, and that the formation process will be completed without unusual delays. This does not apply to any work associated with raising capital, nor does it cover out of pocket expenses that we incur on the Company’s behalf (such as state filing fees and registered agent fees).


The Briarwood Group is a leading consulting firm that empowers enterprise businesses and startups to achieve their strategic goals and drive growth in the marketplace. Committed to building a better tomorrow, Briarwood Group leverages innovative technologies to benefit humanity and promote sustainability. We work collaboratively with clients, using data-driven insights and results-oriented strategies to optimize operations and enhance competitive advantage. The Briarwood Group strives to build long-term relationships with clients, offering ongoing support and guidance to ensure their continued success.


1st place prize: 10 hours of consulting with The Briarwood Group. 2nd & 3rd place prizes: 1 hour of consulting with The Briarwood Group.


Legate Consulting is a leading provider of business consulting services, offering a range of solutions designed to help companies grow and achieve their goals. Our team of experienced consultants works with businesses of all sizes and across a variety of industries, providing expert advice and guidance to help organizations overcome challenges and achieve success.


2nd place: Business coaching session.


A new model for building companies We work with world-class entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest to turn the best ideas into market-defining, venture-funded companies with rapid customer adoption. We are your dream swiss-army-knife co-founder. We design and build a fantastic product, solve the toughest data science problems, and navigate the way to finding strong customer pull through rigorous validation and digital marketing. We bring experience raising billions of dollars of capital. Oh, and we'll manage the books, legal, and HR. We invest everything we have in your success.


The opportunity for your team to pitch Greg Gottesman, the Managing Director of Pioneer Square Labs. The time may also be used to ask questions and gain insight.


As an angel investor, I have seen and evaluated hundreds of pitches over the years. I have seen what works and what does not. I understand what investors need. The Pitch4Impact program was created from two perspectives, as an investor and as a trainer of presentation skills. All training tools and methods have been tailored to the unique pitching process so that everything you learn can immediately be applied to your pitch. I can help you create what investors want.


First place prize: One pitch coaching session to help the team craft a pitch message with clarity, express points more concisely and plan a deck that engages investors. One session is 60 minutes. Value: $500

Asteroid Ally Sponsors


Nathan Bek
Ascend VC
Ananya Ghosh Chowdhury
Ananya Ghosh Chowdhury
Jazmia Henry
Jazmia Henry
Anavi Nahar
Anavi Nahar
Ken Morimoto

Coaches & Mentors

Bishal Upadhyaya
Bishal Upadhyaya
AI Alchemists
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Charles Finkelstein

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