#SXSW HBCU Battle Of The Brains

At this year’s annual South by Southwest conference and festival held in Austin, Texas, scholars representing a group of Historically Black Colleges & Universities met to compete in Inaugural HBCU Battle of the brains’.

HBCU battle of the Brains mission is to: promote the talented business and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) students within the African-American community while highlighting the benefits of SXSW, as well as the technology industry, in an engaging and dynamic way. Sponsored by the National Black MBA Association Austin Chapter, the HBCU battle of the Brains brought together the best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students from various HBCUs to showcase their talents while competing for $10,000 cash and the 2017 champion title.

Several HBCUs competing included: Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Florida A&M University, Paul Quinn College, Philander Smith College, Prairie View A&M University, and Huston-Tillotson University (home team). Each school participating in the competition entered a team of 3 to 5 students ranging from undergrad to grad students.

The HBCU battle of the brains challenges the team of students to develop a situation to a complex issue then pitch the situation in front of judges in a live audience. The teams were encouraged to incorporate technology, design, business and STEM components into their business solutions and were ultimately judge and criteria that included analysis technology presentation any question and answer component. Each team had 24 hours to develop a comprehensive solution based on the challenge presented.

The winner teams
First Place:
Paul Quinn College

Second Place:
Prairie View A&M University

Third Place:
Morgan State University

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