How can St. Louis become the most pet-friendly city in the United States through the application of technology?

Pets and people are better together.

We love pets. They’re our best friends, profile pictures, and members of our families. They enrich our lives and have the potential to make a lasting positive impact on our communities.

Together, we can make St. Louis a progressive model for pet ownership. Through new, innovative technologies, we can improve the lives of pets and the people who care for them.

During Friday's kick-off, innovators and leader, ranging from clinics, shelters, pet-owners and pet care experts will be on hand to provide insight and direction to our hackathon participants. The event continues on Saturday where teams comprised of students, engineers, designers, technologists, and citizens come together to ideate and create pet-friendly technologies. Area pet experts will provide feedback and guidance to teams, culminating in a project showcase on Sunday and final demos to an audience of peers, industry reps, and participants. A panel of judges will select winners and award more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.

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The Hackathon is open to individuals who, when their application is received:

  1. Are eighteen years or older; 

Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of Nestle Purina Petcare Company (“Sponsor”), GlobalHack, Inc. (“Administrator”), (Sponsor and Administrator referred to as the “Contest Entities”), and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, governors, owners, distributors, retailers, advertising/promotion agencies, and the immediate family members (parent, spouse, sibling or child and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate or win a prize (EXCEPTION: Employees of Sponsor (Nestle Purina Petcare Company) may participate (but cannot not win prizes) provided their team is composed of no more than 50% of Sponsor employees).

Contest is void where prohibited by law. Applicants who do not fulfill these requirements, will not be eligible to participate in the Hackathon. Please note, at the event there will be personnel verifying the age of participants. Participation in the Hackathon constitutes each individual’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of the Rules of the Hackathon.


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Dan Reus

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Betsy Cohen

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Mark Donovan

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Austin Korns

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Chisom Uche

Judging Criteria

  • Execution and code analysis
  • Design and aesthetics
  • Originality and creativity
  • Strategic and practical implementation of solution
  • Effective demo and presentation