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Pre-Hack: 28 January 2023

4 - 5 February 2023

 

Thailand's Leading School Hackathon for students ages 13-18

 

After two highly successful hackathons in 2021 and 2022, VERSO HACK 2023 returns, inviting aspiring students [from any school in Thailand ages 13-18] to turn their coolest ideas into a reality, by learning how to prototype, build, pitch, and launch - over  2.5 days!

Check out our epic VERSO HACK 2022

 

What is VERSO HACK?

VERSO HACK is a guided hackathon, where students (ages 13-18) from anywhere in Thailand come to gain fundamental tech skills and entrepreneurial mindsets.  

This event is organized by VERSO International School in Bangkok, which follows the American curriculum,in collaboration with Reactor School, Singapore's leading startup school for student entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia.

They will be given a challenge or business problem to work on within a short period of time. Together with their teammates, they collaborate and use their collective creative problem-solving skills to develop a solution or technology for that challenge.

Hackathons are designed to foster students' entrepreneurial thinking and encourage them to solve real-world problems. All fundamental skills are taught to them on-site to ensure they have a great learning experience and develop skills the world's best entrepreneurs all have!

No prior experience in coding, technical skills, entrepreneurship, or business is necessary to join VERSO HACK. However, it is recommended that students have some basic knowledge of using computers & apps.

Get updates on the event here →  

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Here's what to expect:

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Learn What it Takes to Start Your First Venture
 
The tools used by top startups:
 
  • Problem Identification
  • Ideation & Solution
  • Customer Validation
  • Prototyping
  • Business Model
  • Pitching to Investors
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Mentorship by Startup Founders, Innovators and Investors
 
  • Meet top experts & entrepreneurs
  • Be mentored by them
  • Get guidance and advice on how to take your first steps as a student entrepreneur
  • Opportunity to learn, improve, and grow
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Gain Confidence to Pitch in Front of Investors & Entrepreneurs
 
You’ve seen the show Shark Tank (US & Thailand)  & Startup (Korea).
 
VERSO HACK is your chance to experience to craft and learn how to pitch your ideas to investors and entrepreneurs.
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Find your Future Business Partners
 
Have a business idea in mind, but not sure what to start? Meet other aspiring student entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts at VERSO HACK. Feel confident that those who rise to the challenge and join, are your ideal partners in your future. 
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 Did you say...Prizes?!
 
Winner and Runner-up teams in both categories will get cash vouchers, certificates, and trophies along with the following prizes:
 
All participants will get a free swag & goodies and certificate of participation. 
 

AGENDA (28 JAN 2023, 4-5 FEB 2023)

Pre-Hack: 28 Jan 2023

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Hack Day 1: 4 Feb 2023  

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Hack Day 2: 5 Feb 2023

Sunday Day 2 Hack (website)

*These agendas may be subject to change.

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VERSO STUDENTS AND
PAST PARTICIPANTS

8,000 Baht
3,000 Baht only

(SOLD OUT! Offer ended 31 Dec 2022)

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JUNIOR PARTICIPANTS (13-15 yrs)

SENIOR PARTICIPANTS (16-18 yrs)

  • 2 .5 days of all-access Hackathon  
  • Get fundamental startup and entrepreneurship skills
  • Learn how to design your own startup, build a prototype, and then pitch your ideas to a panel of investors and entrepreneurs
  • Learn to identify problems, develop ideas and find solutions, and learn about different types of business models
  • Training, mentorship, and tools
  • Internship opportunities
  • Experiential Workshops
  • Delicious meals, snacks, and beverages
  • This offer ends 31 December 2022 
  • Tickets once purchased are nonrefundable and can not be exchanged or transferred to another person or the following year.

 

 

ALL STUDENTS
Junior & Senior Tickets

8,000 Baht

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JUNIOR PARTICIPANTS (13-15 yrs)

SENIOR PARTICIPANTS (16-18 yrs)

  • 2 .5 days of all-access Hackathon  
  • Get fundamental startup and entrepreneurship skills
  • Learn how to design your own startup, build a prototype, and then pitch your ideas to a panel of investors and entrepreneurs
  • Learn to identify problems, develop ideas and find solutions, and learn about different types of business models
  • Training, mentorship, and tools
  • Internship opportunities
  • Experiential Workshops
  • Delicious meals, snacks, and beverages
  • Tickets once purchased are nonrefundable and can not be exchanged or transferred to another person or the following year.

 

 

 

 

GENERAL AUDIENCE
(On Sunday 5 Feb 2023 only)

FREE

 

 

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  • For parents, media, and guests who want to watch the Grand Finals Pitch at 1:00pm 
  • Complimentary snack & beverages
  • Connect with inspiring people
  • Opportunity for VERSO school tour (please see agenda above)

 

Meet The Judges

On HACK Day, Sunday 5 February,  the participants, parents, & guests will come together  to watch the Shark Tank-like pitch of the students' ideas to some of Thailand's movers and shakers in the field of  entrepreneurship, technology and innovation. Our participants will receive incredibly valuable and customized feedback so they can continue improving even after the hackathon is finished.

Amarit Charoenphan
Angel Investor
Partner, Unfold Ventures
Mihoko Chida
Lower Loop Leader
VERSO International School
Joy deLeon
Senior Investment Manager
Beacon Venture Capital
Saijai (Kia) Pongsripetch
Venture Builder, Co-learning & Connecting, Reapra
Prued (Aom) Wahachart
City Expansion Manager, Grab
Dr. Kim Soon Lye
Chief Strategy Officer, Strategic PMO & Innovation, B.Grimm Joint Venture
James Leyson
Managing Director, Scholars of Sustenance
Daniel Ross
Chief Investment Officer, BTS Group Holdings Plc.
Monkmai Wilawan Panyoung
Co-Founder & CEO, Environman
Moh Suthasiny Sudprasert
Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Happy Grocers
Thiraya Thiranakanat
Co-Founder & CEO
CareerVisa Digital and CareerVisa (Thailand)

Meet The Masters

Our Masters or Mentors are startup founders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors who have been invited to coach and mentor our participants and share their expertise. They will be visiting the teams to support them with their pitches, give feedback on their ideas, challenge them, and answer any questions they have.

Mild Karoon-ngampun
CEO, UPCYDE, an agricultural waste transformation company
Nophol Techaphangam
Founder & CEO, NORNNORN, a circular economy-based mattress subscription service
Soravit Sunchindah
Senior Project Manager, Agoda
Amorpol Huvanandana
CEO and Co-Founder, Moreloop, a startup that reduces textile waste
Thamonwan Virodchaiyan
Co-Founder, Moreloop, a startup that reduces textile waste
Kevalin Athayu
Head of Sustainability, VP, Pomelo Fashion
Soranun Choochut
Founder, CEO, CSO
ETRAN (Thailand)

Hear From VERSOHACK 2022 Participants!

VERSO has once again partnered with Reactor School, Singapore's #1 Startup School for Student Entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, to ensure VERSO HACK 2023 is built on-top of Southeast Asia's best hackathon model.

At VERSO, we strive to continue empowering students to develop a wide range of skills and mindsets needed to navigate this increasingly unpredictable future, follow their passions, and build the confidence to lead their own journeys.

Last year over 80 students from Thailand worked on their challenge statement "How may we reimagine the future of food?"  Click on the video below to see and hear what they have to share!

Follow us now on facebook.com/versohack .

 

 

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If I were to invite my friends to the hackathon, I would say that the hackathon is a really, fun, creative, and interesting experience that can really improve some skills that you'll definitely need in life and it will help you in becoming an entrepreneur.

 

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Sebastian

G7 Student

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I think it's definitely fun and something that I will definitely remember in the future. I think we learned various types of things from prototyping and the processes and nuances in that, but also the pitch deck and how to start the idea, how the problem is very important in businesses and I think. I have learned a ton from VERSO HACK.

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Poom

G8 Student

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There are so many highlights in this project but the main highlight I can think of now is the process of getting to collaborate with many teammates, like-minded people, and also people who have different opinions from you. I feel I got to learn more about how they think about certain views.

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Start Your Epic Entrepreneurial Journey Now!

Open to any aspiring student entrepreneur from ages 13-18 

No previous experience OR coding skills needed!

Follow us now on facebook.com/versohack.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who can participate?

Any student ages 13-18 from any school in Thailand of all nationalities can enter. Any student interested in art, science, startup, business, technology, and ideas are recommended to attend. Although no coding or technical skill required, It is recommended that you have some basic knowledge of using computers & apps. 

Do I need to be a VERSO student to register?

Nope! We're inviting students from schools all over Thailand to join VERSO HACK 2023 and while you're on campus, get on a scooter and explore our campus with one of our students!

What if I do not know how to code?

Great, You don't need to know to code at all! VERSO HACK is an introductory program, and no prior experience in coding, entrepreneurship, or business is necessary. All fundamental skills will be taught to students on-site as part of the program, and there are no prerequisites.  

Is VERSO HACK difficult?

Starting a company isn’t easy. However, VERSO HACK is a comfortable and guided hackathon. Friendly facilitators and business mentors will be on-site to assist students and teams on their startup. There will be a structured curriculum with sufficient breaks to ensure that teams have a great learning experience.

If I don’t have any idea, can I register?

Yes, please! We are going to present you with a challenge statement at the event, so everyone is given an even playing field to go from problem to solution.

Do I need to be there for three days?

Yes, we recommend all participants experience the three days to get the most value out of this. The first day (28 Jan) is a half-day designed for team formation, ice-breaking activities, and an experiential workshop. All participants are required to be on-site at VERSO campus during Sat-Sun (4-5 Feb).

What does the registration process look like?

Simply purchase your tickets, and fill in the required information. You will receive a confirmation follow up , and then you are ready for the hackathon.

What are the judging criteria?

Participants will be judged on Problem Identification (Ex: importance, urgency, impact of issues, gap or pain points, etc.); Value to industry, society, end user: Strength of innovation; Clarity of implementation process; etc.

Are there any COVID-19 precautions?

You are no longer required to an ATK prior to entering the campus. Wearing a mask is optional. However, we encourage everyone to regularly wash their hands and use hand sanitizers, if required. If you are not feeling well before or on the day of the event, please take an ATK test and inform us accordingly.

Are tickets refundable?

Tickets once purchased are nonrefundable and can not be exchanged or transferred to another person or the following year.

What happens if there is another lockdown or health declaration?

VERSO HACK fully complies with all current measures stipulated by  Thailand's Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Education. In the event of a lockdown or health declaration, the entire event will be switched to a virtual, metaverse event. Students will still have an excellent learning experience, and they would learn essential digital skills, collaborate remotely with peers, and adapt to the Future of Work. This will assist them in their preparation for overseas and/or virtual internships in the future.

Do I sign up as a team or individual?

Individual. However, as this is a facilitated hackathon designed for beginners, participants will be assigned into teams based on their interests. This will help you make new friends, find new co-founders, and form teams with complementary skills. 

The team formation will be announced on 28 January.

Will accommodation be provided?

No, students will have to come in the morning and leave in the evening as per the agenda. No accommodation is provided.

Do I need to wear my school uniform?

Not at all! You may wear anything you are comfortable in, but you may want to bring a light jacket or pullover as the classrooms and Arena may get quite cold due to the air conditioning.

What do I need to bring along?
  • Laptop & Laptop Charger
  • Individual Water Bottle ( There are water stations on campus.)
  • Pens/Pencils/Writing Materials
  • Mobile Phone (Optional)
  • Phone Charger/Power Bank (Optional)
  • Sweater/Jacket (Optional)
  • Face Masks (Optional)
  • Hand Sanitizer (Optional. There will be hand sanitizer points on campus.)
  • Prototyping Materials (These will be listed in your Info packs)

 

What is your photo and video policy at the event?

Photographs, video, and audio footage will be taken throughout VERSO HACK 2023. These will be used by VERSO for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website, social media channels or in any third-party publications. 

If you do not wish to have your photos and videos taken, please email versohack@verso.ac.th with your full name and photo for reference. Please make sure you do not join any group photos as we can not remove nor blur your face. 

I have a dietary restriction. Who do I contact?

Please indicate your dietary restriction in your registration form. We can offer only non-vegetarian and vegetarian options and not vegan. If you have severe allergies or strict dietary restrictions, we recommend that you bring your own meals.

Can visitors watch the students during hackathon?

No. VERSO HACK is only for participants. Visitors and guests have the opportunity to watch the final round pitch which will be held on Sunday 5 February at 1pm.

You must register for your free ticket  by clicking on "Attendee" here.

 

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Pre-Hack: 28 January 2023

4 - 5 FEBRUARY 2023

Your exclusive opportunity to start a startup career in a fun & valuable way.

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To contact us, email versohack@verso.ac.th

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All attendees must follow the VERSO HACK 2023 Code of Conduct.

Terms and Conditions

1. VERSO International School reserves the right to shorten, extend, modify, cancel, or amend the dates, times, and other Terms & Conditions of VERSO HACK for any reason without incurring liability from the participant as a result thereof. 
2. Participants are not entitled to any claim or compensation against VERSO International School for any losses, damages, costs, and/or expenses suffered or incurred whether directly or indirectly, as a result of any postponement or cancellation of VERSO HACK.
3. VERSO International School's decision shall be final.
4. During the pitching round at VERSO HACK 2023, the judges’ decision is final.
5. Tickets once purchased are nonrefundable and can not be exchanged or transferred to another person or the following year.