STTE Open AI Hackathon Report

1st Place Winner: Bosque Labs

Team: Zeke Chavez, Brett Schuster, Rafael Ferreira, Zachary Myers

Industry: Construction

Description: Materialize.AI is optimizing construction inventory management with data-driven insights. Presentation

2nd Place Winner: DropDev

Team: David Marek, Marco Alanis, Derek Cisneros, David Gamez

Industry: Finance

Description: Musa FI is your personal financial assistant, where you can connect your bank accounts and ask it anything you need help with.  Presentation

3rd Place Winner:  Supply AI Sense

Team: Aldo Sanchez, Alvaro Mendoza, Esteban Lozano, Luis Cedillo

Industry: Logistics

Description: Upload physical documents and generate usable data and visualize the supply chain by being able to extract information from lots of attributes. Presentation



Open AI Hackathon Recap

The Microsoft OpenAI Hackathon, organized by STTE in collaboration with a council of startups, was held from March 31st to April 2nd, 2023. The hackathon aimed to advance regional talent, build industry products, and transform the region by incorporating AI technology into local businesses. The targeted industries for the event were Advanced Manufacturing (with a focus on Logistics), Construction, and Financial Services.

With ten team participants from various backgrounds and industries, the event was a huge success. The hackathon featured an esteemed panel of judges, including Alexandra Chavez, Senior Vice President of Bank of America, J.J. Childress, Community Engagement Manager at Microsoft, Duane Murphy, President of Gamer Logistics, Samuel Moreno, co-founder of, and Frank Spencer, President of Aztec Contractors.

After three days of intense coding, brainstorming, and collaboration, the winner of the hackathon was the team from Bosque Labs. Their innovative AI solution aimed to revolutionize the financial services industry, providing users with customized financial planning and investment advice based on their personal preferences and goals. The team received a prize of $2,000 and the opportunity to work with STTE to develop and implement their solution.

We would like to thank all the judges, competitors, tech council, and sponsors who made this event possible. Special thanks to Microsoft for their generous sponsorship of the hackathon.

As we look towards the future, it is important to note the transformative power of AI technology. According to a report by McKinsey Global Institute, AI has the potential to create an additional $13 trillion in economic value by 2030. The Microsoft OpenAI Hackathon is just the beginning of transforming the Paso del Norte Region and beyond with the latest advancements in AI technology.

We look forward to continuing this important work and creating a brighter future for our communities through innovation and collaboration.


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Hackathon Agenda

Friday, March 31, 2023

  • 5:00 PM – Introductions and Networking: This activity is an opportunity for all participants to meet and get to know each other.
  • 6:00 PM – Challenge Reveal and Team Formations: The hackathon’s challenge will be announced, and participants will form teams.
  • 7:00 PM – Fireside Chat:, Sam Moreno, Co-founder, Interviewed by Maximo Gamez, Co-founder: A discussion with Sam Moreno, co-founder of, will take place, covering his experiences and insights into the industry. Maximo Gamez, co-founder of, will conduct the interview.
  • 8:00 PM – Start Hacking: Participants will begin working on their hackathon projects.


Saturday, April 1, 2023

  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast: Participants will have breakfast.
  • 9:00 AM – Workshop: Prompt Engineering & Researching AI Industry by This workshop will provide insights on prompt engineering and researching AI industry by, a leading company in the AI industry.
  • 10:00 AM – Hacking Time: Participants will continue working on their hackathon projects.
  • 11:00 AM – Workshop Using Chat GPT for Coding by Parabeac & InternBytes Co-founders: Participants will learn how to use Chat GPT for coding by the co-founders of Parabeac and InternBytes.
  • 12:00 PM – Lunch: Participants will have lunch.
  • 1:00 PM – Fireside Chat on AI Products in Engineering with Investors, Beto Pallares,  Raaid Hossain and Shireen Jaffer. Panelists will discuss AI products in engineering and provide valuable insights.
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Hacking Time: Participants will continue working on their hackathon projects.
  • 4:00 PM – Workshop: How to Pitch with Innovare Fernando DeLeon, Co-founder: Fernando DeLeon, co-founder of Innovare, will provide valuable tips and strategies on how to pitch ideas.
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Mentor Feedback: Participants will receive feedback and guidance from mentors on their projects 
Sunday, April 2, 2023
  • 8:00 AM – Light Breakfast: Participants will have a light breakfast.
  • 9:00 AM – Prepare for Demos/Pitches: Participants will prepare for their demos/pitches.
  • 11:00 AM – Demos/Pitches: Participants will present their projects to the judges.
  • 1:00 PM – Awards & Moving Forward: The winners will be announced, and the event will come to a close.


Team: Samuel Lopez, Luis Hernandez, Leonardo Hernandez Industry: Finance Description: AI is incorporated into your bank to describe to you how to achieve your financial goals driven by data from your spending habits.