Macathon is Macalester's overnight innovation and creativity contest with over $2,000 in cash prizes. Macalester students form teams of 3-6 participants to compete.

Student teams put their liberal arts education into action and invent a new product or service (website, interactive application, mobile app, other new product or service) that solves a real-world problem or is just flat-out cool. To succeed, Macathon teams need a mix of technical, business, design, communication and general creative skills.

The three teams that come up with the most innovative solution to a significant problem in the commercial or nonprofit sector win cash prizes.


The event is held non-stop from 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.  Teams of Macalester students will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity for feedback from successful alumni entrepreneurs, technologists, and investors.


Applications for 2017 Macathon are now closed.

Cash Prizes!

Winning teams will win over $2000 in cash prizes.

1st Place: $1,000
2nd Place: $750
3rd Place: $500

The first-place team will also win a follow-up consulting session with a pair of Macathon judges.


Macathon 2016
Macathon 2015
Macathon 2014
Macathon 2013