Join forces with your fellow UNF students to collaborate and innovate for social good. Over the course of a weekend, you'll be challenged to work on unique problems impacting the environment. You’ll be provided with the tools, support, and data needed so you can write the code to right the world.

Participating students will receive informative workshops and mentorship from FIS, Microsoft, JEA, and UNF experts. Three finalist teams will be selected and announced as winners during the AI For Good award ceremony. Top teams will also have the opportunity to partner with data science experts to bring their solutions to life.

 Join our hackathon, build your team, ask questions and engage with mentors!

 In preparation for the hackathon, we encourage you to focus on one of these two issues:

  • Solar power generation
  • Vehicle route optimization

 Food and beverages (brain fuel) will be provided during the event.


Meet the Partners:

FIS - FIS is a leading provider of technology solutions for merchants, banks and capital markets firms globally. Our employees are dedicated to advancing the way the world pays, banks and invests by applying our scale, deep expertise and data-driven insights. Learn more at

Microsoft - Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology corporation which produces computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services headquartered at the Microsoft Redmond campus located in Redmond, Washington, United States. Learn more at

JEA - JEA, founded in 1895 manages the electric distribution, water supply, and sewer systems in Jacksonville, Florida. They proudly serve an estimated 478,000 electric, 357,000 water, 279,000 sewer customers and 15,000 reclaimed water customers. Learn more at



Friday, September 23

4 PM - Opening keynote (Building 15, Room 1304)

4:30 PM - Introduction to problems and the challenge

5 PM – Hackathon starts and continues through the night (Building 15, Third Floor)

Saturday, September 24

Full day of coding and hacking in teams remainder of the day and through the night

9:00 AM – Day 2 Welcome  (Building 15, Third Floor)

11 AM – mentor meetings  (Building 15, Third Floor and MS Teams)

Sunday, September 25

Last hours of hacking and conducting performance evaluations until 10 AM.

10 AM – Stop hackathon, submit the solution

10 AM to 1 PM - Prepare for final presentations  (Building 15, Third Floor)

1 to 3 PM – Presentations  (Building 15, Room 1304)

3:30 PM  - Award ceremony and event closure  (Building 15, Room 1304)


Steps to Participate

  1. Form a team: Your team can have a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 participants. All participants must be registered via this Devpost.
  2. Develop AI or ML solutions: Create a compelling analysis of data that helps understand one of the problem sets provided during the hackathon. Participants are encouraged to perform analysis using the Azure technologies shared during the hackathon.
  3. Submit the solution: Submit notebooks and other relevant files via this Devpost.
  4. Present the solution: Demonstrate the solution, explain your feature selection, discuss model performance, explain your solution approach, and how your solution might help solve the problem.



Hackathon Sponsors


$3,125 in prizes

Gold Price

Each participant in the winning team will receive a $500 gift card from FIS and a $500 gift card for the team from Microsoft

Silver Price

Each participant in the winning team will receive a $250 gift card.

Bronze Price

Each participant in the winning team will receive a $125 gift card.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Ashish Talati

Ashish Talati

Steve Lindsey

Steve Lindsey

David Berglund

David Berglund

Matt Berseth

Matt Berseth
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Timothy Hunt

Timothy Hunt

Dr. Lakshmi Goel

Dr. Lakshmi Goel

Judging Criteria

  • Evaluation Criteria
    Each participating team will be evaluated on their model performance and presentation of the results. Winners of the hackathon will be determined based on the below evaluation factor weightings and scores received.
  • Presentation (20%)
    * Delivery of content (articulation, composure) * Appearance of content (clear and helpful visuals) * Organization of content * Q&A responses * Explanation of impact to stakeholders (e.g., JEA, environment, residents) * Suggested next steps
  • Model Performance (40%)
    * Communicate performance results * Technical terms explained
  • Solution Approach (40%)
    * Originality/Creativity * Clearly defined positive impact on the environment * Feasibility to scale solution * Operational impact on JEA
  • Scoring Ratings
    5 = Excellent presentation on all counts 4 = Very good presentation with minor issues 3 = Pitch can be significantly improved but is satisfactory overall 2 = Pitch is incomplete and severely lacking 1 = Presenter fails to address the criteria

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