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The HBCU Battle of the Brains, LLC and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) – Austin Chapter announces Friday, March 9 – Saturday, March 10, 2018, as the 2nd Annual HBCU Battle of the Brains (HBCUBOTB) competition. It also announces The Home Depot signs-on as the 2018 HBCUBOTB program’s title sponsor.

Several dozen teams of the top STEM and Business students of Historically Black University and Colleges (HBCUs) will come to Austin this spring to spar for college scholarships and bragging rights in the HBCUBOTB hackathon-style event. These teams will take a business case and in 24-hours, provide a panel of industry leaders comprehensive strategies, go-to-market plans and technology solutions for a chance to win some of the $50,000+ in college scholarships.

The Home Depot title sponsorship helps with college scholarship awards, travel stipends for several teams and provides partnering in the competition business case development and judging. The HBCUBOTB competition will take place at The Home Depot Austin Technology Center.

In 2017, the inaugural competition drew seven teams from HBCUs across the country and crowned Paul Quinn College as the HBCUBOTB first winner. “We are extremely excited about our next HBCU Battle of the Brains competition. With the addition of our title sponsor, The Home Depot, we anticipate seeing a significant increase in the number of teams from last year’s inaugural event,” said Gregory Gibson Jr., Founder and Executive Director, HBCU Battle of the Brains. “We purposely time the HBCUBOTB competition in March to provide the unique opportunity to engage some of the best and brightest among HBCU students with employers around the global icons convergence of the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festival.”

Teams can register through 11:59 pm Central Time on Sunday, February 18, 2018 for the HBCUBOTB weekend competition, which currently includes a welcome reception and awards ceremony.


Posted By: Gregory Gibson
Wednesday, January 3rd 2018 at 3:22PM
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