Save the date for Macathon 2022 on November 4 & 5!
Macathon is an idea-building challenge that moves liberal arts into action, fosters innovation, and connects alums and students.
Macathon, is an overnight innovation and creativity contest. In teams of 3-6 participants, students put their liberal arts education into action and invent a unique and original service or product (website, application, physical product) that solves a real-world problem. No preparation work is allowed; everything for the competition must be produced within the 24-hour period.
Winning teams will receive over $2000 in cash prizes!!
At the beginning of the competition, each team is paired with a group of 4-6 alumni judges. Judges sign up from around the world specifically to mentor and evaluate Macathon teams. Each team will prepare and deliver a 7-minute verbal/visual video presentation of their product or service. Students will be judged on their identification and understanding of a real-world problem, their solution, and their presentation. The three highest-scoring teams in the final will be awarded cash prizes!
Please join us for Macathon final presentations in John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.
Info Session: 9/20 from 12-1 pm via Zoom
Application Open: 10/5 at 9 am
Application Close: 10/12 at 9am
Orientation: 11/1 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
*Applications are accepted on a first come first serve basis. (12-18 total teams typically admitted)
More information for students
Macathon Pre-Work Disclaimer
The spirit of Macathon harnesses the creativity and innovation found throughout the liberal arts experience and wraps it up in a 24-hour competition. Please respect the spirit of this competition by not completing any pre-work. Pre-work is defined as any action directly tied to the solution of a problem or opportunity. While you may engage in problem or opportunity-identifying actions, you may not work towards a solution. The Entrepreneurship Department reserves the ability to disqualify any participants who we determine to have engaged in pre-work. If you are worried you might infringe on this policy or have any questions, please contact Abbie at [email protected]
Examples of acceptable pre-work:
- Brainstorming with your friends about problems or opportunities you see in the world.
- Creating a list of things that bug you.
- Researching a specific problem in the world with the intent of better understanding the problem itself.
Examples of unacceptable pre-work:
- Brainstorming potential solutions to a problem.
- Researching solutions that currently exist.
- Creating the theoretical framework of a solution.
- Writing code or creating a product with the intention of using it during the competition.
- Acquiring the necessary components of your solution that you would use during the competition.
- Having a solution already created in which you will use as your service or product.
- It cannot be a variant or “innovation” of an existing solution that you have designed.