SBA: Visa and SBA Kick Off National Small Business Week Hackathon in Washington, DC

Participants compete for $24k prize pool

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and Visa will host the first-ever National Small Business Week Hackathon at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. on April 27-29. App developers, business owners, ideas generators and local entrepreneurs will be challenged to mash up API’s from the U.S. Government and Visa Developer Platform to build an app to help small business owners address financial responsibility and common financial challenges, such as access to capital, cash flow, business credit, efficient payment or payroll. Throughout the weekend, the SBA and Visa will host educational workshops and mentorship opportunities for the participants.

SBA Administrator Linda McMahon will be on hand to announce the winning entries on Sunday, April 29. The Hackathon will award a total prize pool of $24,000 to winners.

For more information, visit http://smallbizweek.hackathon.com.

Media are invited to attend all events, but must register by emailing Katie Harris-Maines:katharr@visa.com(link sends e-mail)

Friday, April 27

WHAT: National Small Business Week Hackathon Kickoff Session

WHEN: 7 p.m. EDT

WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building, Horizon Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

WHO: SBA Chief Information Officer Maria Roat will welcome participants and developer teams will form.

HOW: Press must register for this event by emailing Marni Goldberg / margoldb@visa.com(link sends e-mail).

Sunday, April 29

WHAT: National Small Business Week Hackathon Demos and Winners Announcement

WHEN: 9:45a.m. EDT – Code Freeze; 10 a.m. EDT – Demos; 1 p.m. EDT – Winners Announcement

WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building, Pavilion Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

WHO: SBA Administrator Linda McMahon will announce the winning entries (1 p.m.) Judges for the hackathon include SBA Chief Information Officer Maria Roat, SBA Deputy Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation Michele Schimpp, Visa Vice President and Head of Global Small & Medium-Sized Enterprise Products Justin King, Visa Developer Platform Senior Director Victor Zhiltsov and Arkansas Small Business Person of the Year and Co-Founder of RevUnit Michael Paladino.

HOW: Press must register for this event by emailing Katie Harris-Maines: katharr@visa.com(link sends e-mail)

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