What if I’m an individual with my own idea to build?

Great! Register as an Individual and you will be teamed with other Individuals with who you’ll have a chance to pitch your concepts to each other and then decide which one you’ll work on over the weekend. 

What can we win?

We'll be announcing more prizes as we have details, but teams will be able to win some of the following:

  • $1,000 Cash Prize
  • UDI Force1 Drone
  • 1 VIP ticket to the Inside/Outside Innovation Summit
  • A spot on the showcase floor at the Inside/Outside Innovation Summit for the winning startup
    • Startups on the floor could be picked for the investment pitch competition worth up to $75,000 in awards
What if I/we don’t have a concept to bring?

Not a problem! Come prepared to learn and you may come up with a concept on your own at the event or hear some problems to solve from our sponsors.

Where do we stay Friday and Saturday nights?

While it is a hackathon and you can absolutely bring your sleeping bag and pillow to lay out on the floors, our partner Hyatt Place has a "block" of rooms reserved at a special rate within close proximity to the event if you just mention Block-a-thon Midwest. You can find out more about what to do and where to dine in the Lincoln Haymarket here.

What accommodations and amenities are provided?

The event presenter, FUSE, is a shared workspace and will be providing the amenities including: space, wifi + connected internet, showers, private meeting rooms, and vending options, to name a few. As for accommodations, if camping out on the floor doesn’t sound appealing, checkout our partner hotel via the link above. Dinner will be provided on Friday, along with lunches each day of the competition. Snacks and refreshments will be offered throughout the weekend, as well.