The HBCU Battle of the Brains, LLC in partnership with the National Black MBA Association – Austin Chapter is pleased to announce the National Football League (NFL) as its presenting sponsor for the 2nd Annual HBCU Battle of the Brains (HBCUBOTBrains) competition to be held Friday, March 9 – Saturday, March 10, 2018.
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 HBCUBOTBrains 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 NFL is honored to serve as the presenting sponsor of the 2018 HBCU ‘Battle of the Brains’ hackathon,” said Brian Lockhart, NFL Media Vice President and Senior Coordinating Producer of Original Content. “Events like these that work to encourage and inspire young minds have a lasting impact on not only the participants, but also any company that strives to find the best and brightest talent for their brand.”
The NFL sponsorship helps with college scholarship awards, travel stipends for several teams and provides partnering in the competition business case development and judging. The 2018 HBCU Battle of the Brains Team Registration is open through 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, February 18, 2018.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to follow up on our participation at the NBMBAA’s 2017 Annual Conference with the ‘Battle of the Brains’ hackathon sponsorship,” Robert Gulliver, NFL Executive Vice President of Human Resources added. “Leveraging our partnership with NBMBAA members at events like this works to deepen our pool of talented candidates for future roles with the NFL.”
In 2017, the inaugural competition drew seven teams from HBCUs across the country and crowned Paul Quinn College as the HBCUBOTBrains first winner. “We are proud to have the NFL onboard as our presenting sponsor to engage with HBCU students,” said Gregory Gibson Jr., Founder and Executive Director, HBCU Battle of the Brains. “The HBCUBOTBrains competition brings some of the best and brightest among HBCU students with employers around the global icons convergence of the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festival.”