What is Macathon?


Macathon is a mash-up of a start-up competition and a computer hackathon.

A traditional hackathon...
… is a contest where brilliant computer programmers and other technologists compete to improve, break, build, and create new systems.

A start-up competition…
...is an event where entrepreneurs, inventors, and design-thinkers compete to come up with new and disruptive ventures.

But, our Macathon...
… goes beyond the hackathon, and challenges student teams to put their liberal arts education into action and invent a new product or service (website, interactive application, mobile app...) that solves a real-world and relevant problem or is just flat-out cool. To succeed, Macathon teams need a mix of technical, business, design, communication and general creative skills.

What will happen

Non-stop from 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 12 teams of Macalester students will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity for feedback from successful alumni entrepreneurs, technologists, and investors.
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