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BuildDSM v1

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by Kreative Horizon

Saturday February 17th, 2023

10:00 am to Feb 18th, 3:00 pm CST

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Des Moines' newest 24-hour student hackathon

Join us for Des Moines' newest 24-hour student hackathon, open to high school and college students alike! Whether you're an experienced builder or just starting out, this event welcomes all. Spend a day delving into innovation, problem solving, workshops, and networking opportunities, set against the backdrop of Iowa's beautiful capitol!

This event is a full 24-hour hackathon to bring the best students across Iowa together to build solutions that solve real problems, learn programming and technology, and have fun! Stay energized with 3 full meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) meals, snacks, and beverages as you work on turning your ideas into reality.

But that's not all – join in the fun with mini events, and get ready to showcase your skills for a chance to win prizes and awards. Whether you're looking to build your portfolio, make friends, or enhance your coding prowess, BuildDSM v1 offers a supportive and inclusive environment for all. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of something meaningful – a memorable 24 hour hackathon full of building, learning, and teamwork awaits.


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Why you should attend BuildDSM v1

Free breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all guests.

Win prizes, awards, certificates, and be recognized.

Network with professional judges and sponsors.

Free technical and business workshops all day.

Free snacks and beverages all day for all guests.

Collaborate with other driven students on campus.

"It was a fun experience and we learned a lot... which is all that matters even if the project doesn't work! Next time, it's going to work! I would absolutely come again! We were really well taken care of."

Mohamed Elaagip

Software Engineering

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24 Hours of Building, Learning, and Networking.

Saturday - 2/17

9:00 AM: Check-in opens and team formation

10:00 AM: Opening ceremony

10:45 AM: Hacking begins!

12:00 PM: Lunch arrives! πŸ•

12:30 PM: Intro to Git and GitHub πŸƒ

1:30 PM: Intro to Machine Learning 🧠

2:30 PM: Intro to Web Development πŸ–₯️

4:30 PM: Your next perfect pitch deck 🎀

6:00 PM: Dinner!!

9:00 PM: Mario Kart Tournament πŸš—

Sunday - 2/18

8:00 AM: Breakfast

9:00 AM: Projects due

9:30 AM: Networking time with judges

10:30 AM: Judging begins

2:00 PM: Closing ceremony and awards

3:00 PM: We’re done!



Judges will be announced soon! πŸ‘€

Apply now!

Don't miss Des Moines' newest student hackathon!

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at BuildDSM, the newest 24-hour student hackathon in Des Moines! High school and college students, whether you're a coding expert or a beginner, are all invited to join us. Engage in coding challenges, workshops, and networking, fueled by hearty meals, snacks, and beverages. With mentorship, mini events, and exciting prizes, BuildDSM promises a supportive and inclusive environment where you can turn your innovative ideas into reality.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a meaningful 24 hours of coding, learning, and collaboration to build the future of tomorrow, today!

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Proudly sponsored by

Iowa State University Research Park Logo in Color - Sponsor of Kreative Horizon
Visionary Media Logo in Color - Sponsor for Kreative Horizon
Ivy College of Business at Iowa State Logo in Color - Sponsor of Kreative Horizon
Horizon Builders Club Logo in Color - Sponsor of Kreative Horizon
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Blue Compass Logo - Event Sponsor for Kreative Horizon and BuildDSM
West48 Logo - Event Sponsor for Kreative Horizon and BuildDSM

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Student Testimonials


β€œI liked that I was required to build something in just 24 hours, unlike my classes. I usually wouldn’t go out of my way to learn new technologies like React. My teammates and the feedback from the judges was very helpful! I would totally come back!”

Noah Lim

Computer Science

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"For my first hackathon, I didn't have too many expectations, but I had a great time. I liked the idea of the workshops and spreading the coding throughout the day. I was very, very well fed!"

Kennedy Wendl

Computer and Data Science

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"My favorite part of HackIowaState was being able to have a semi-completed project in just a short amount of time. In classes, you take weeks to finish a little assignment... but here, in just 24 hours, we had some really cool looking projects!"

Gabrielle Pederson


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"I came to HackIowaState to give myself the environment that would force me to work on a project that I otherwise would have. It's nice to be pressured to work on a project with people that otherwise may not have because of school and other responsibilities. My favorite part was winning, but I had way too much fun!"

Nicholas Erickson

Software Engineering

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"My takeaway from HackIowaState - choose your team wisely. What I appreciated about this event over other events like game jams was that it was more broad and I got to solve actual issues. I did like the food, I really did appreciate being fed!"

William Clemmons Jr

Software Engineering

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β€œThe event was super nice. I got to work with a team in a real-world, work environment. With a team, we were able to keep each other accountable and I tried a new database I never would have before. I would come back, it was fun!”

Endi Odobasic

Computer Science

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