Macalester held its second Macathon, an overnight computer hackathon and start-up competition, Feb. 28-March 1. Ten student teams of three to six members each participated.

The teams who worked through the night to create the most innovative tech-enabled product or service for either the commercial or nonprofit sector. Saturday afternoon, they presented their work to a panel of nine alumni judges each of whom is highly accomplished in tech and/or business. More than $2,000 in prizes were split among the winning teams.

Winning Teams

  • 1st Place
    Team Error 404 for cOBO, a safer and more localized service for buying and selling
  • 2nd Place
    Team Comp124 for Mailstrom, a mail room automation app
  • 3rd Place
    Team Skywalker Ranch Gang for Giraffe, a real-time location-based coupon service


  • 8-bit Monkeys created Auroma, a loyalty system for small-scale restaurants.
  • Carpooling 4 Trees created GeoCommute, a carpooling planning service.
  • First Spring created Flash, an “intimate location sharing app” promoting real-life interactions.
  • MeThree created TurnUp, an app for planning party attendance.
  • SQL_Squirrels created Schedule Squirrel, an app to streamline course selection.
  • Team 13 created Intellects Connect, an app for finding study buddies.
  • Quintuple Stack Mac Attack created JobGEM, an employment prep & recruiting tool.

March 3 2014