Student Hackathon

A 2 Day Student Hackathon thats open to all Houston area School, College, and University students!

Fall 2019: Date/Times

Novermber  16 & 17, 2019

9am to 6pm (on both days)


 Inventathon@HCC Student Hackathon

The INVENTATHON@HCC is essentially a hackathon, with a twist! 

A two-day weekend gathering of high school, community college, four-year and graduate student teams organized to address specifically defined challenges!

Using a fast-paced ‘hackathon” process and methodology, teams will be introduced to the overall global issues by subject matter experts, choose a challenge to address, receive mentoring and feedback in generating technologies and integrated solutions, and present their “products and services” to a set of judges for awards and recognition after a community showcase on the next day!

So at the INVENTATHON@HCC, you can do anything from coding an app, building a robot, or making something uniquely creative based on a given theme of Climate Change (with special focus on water) for Fall 2019!

Teams can consist of 2-5 members and you will have approximately 16 hours to create something amazing! and Yes, you can do it by yourself, but it won’t be the same!

Hackathons, like the INVENTATHON@HCC are a can’t miss experience! You can learn something new, make something that the world has never seen before, and win some amazing cash prizes!

Lunch will be provided to participants, mentors, & volunteers both Saturday and Sunday!

Fall 2019 INVENTATHON@HCC Speakers

Learn more about our  Speakers at Inventathon@HCC

Ryan Beltran

Ryan Beltran

Founder of Elequa
David Regenbaum

David Regenbaum

President & Chair of HCC Foundation & Entrepreneur-in-Residence at HCC
Ravi Brahmbhatt

Ravi Brahmbhatt

Director of Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship at HCC

Fall 2019 INVENTATHON@HCC Mentors

Learn more about our Mentors at Inventathon@HCC

(more mentors being added…)

Brent Richardson

Brent Richardson

Director of Fab Lab Houston
Roland Fields

Roland Fields

Supervisor of Fabrication and Innovation Lab
Dipal Parekh

Dipal Parekh

Administrator at Percepta
Bradon Verastegui

Bradon Verastegui

Digital Marketing Manager at Etch Houston
Ryan Beltran

Ryan Beltran

Founder of Elequa
Mohammed Almani

Mohammed Almani

Web & Marketing Expert
Kimberly Penn

Kimberly Penn

HCC Entrepreneur in Residence
Omer Tarik

Omer Tarik

Software Engineer
Sai Gonuguntla

Sai Gonuguntla

Principle Technologist
Ravi Brahmbhatt

Ravi Brahmbhatt

Director of Student Innovation at HCC

Fall 2019 INVENTATHON@HCC Judges

2019 Judges:

Dr. Maya Durnovo

Dr. Maya Durnovo

HCC Chief Entrepreneurial Initiatives Officer
Sunil Pangarkar

Sunil Pangarkar

Managing Director of Enemtech
Grace Rodriguez

Grace Rodriguez

CEO of Impact Hub Houston
Neal Murthy

Neal Murthy

Chairman at Haven Holdings

Sponsors & Partners

The INVENTATHON@HCC program has been made possible by the contributions of our amazing sponsors!

Our Sponsors

Fall 2019 INVENTATHON@HCC Location (Stafford Campus)

The Fall 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC will occur at the Houston Community College Campus Location below:

Scarcella Science and Technology Building

at HCC Southwest College’s Stafford Campus

Address: 110041 Cash Rd, Stafford, TX 77477

Fall 2019 INVENTATHON@HCC Countdown

The Fall 2019 INVENTATHON will commence when this countdown reaches 00:00:00:00.



Here’s a brief overview of the Fall 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC event dates. See complete schedule below.

  • Registration Opens

    20 October 2019

    Registration for the Fall 2019 INVENTATHON@HCC Begins, Registration Link

  • Day 1

    16 November 2019

    Day 1 of the Fall 2019 INVENTATHON@HCC

    Day 1

  • Day 2

    17 November 2018

    Day 2 of the Fall 2019 INVENTATHON@HCC

  • Day 2: Community Showcase

    Community Showcase

    Come see the projects student created!

    Day 2: Community Showcase

  • 2018

    Milestone Title

    Milestone Content goes here

Fall 2019 INVENTATHON@HCC Schedule

Here’s a complete schedule of the 2-day
(Sat. Nov 16 – Nov. 17)

19:30am – 10:00amRegistrations & Check-in
110:00am – 10:30amOpening Ceremony: Introduction of Staff, Mentors, Participants
110:30am – 11:30amInspiration from Elequa!

111:30am-11:45amIntroduction of Grand-Challenge Areas of Focus for Hackathon

“Process, Rules of Engagement, and Schedule of Activities”

*Inventing Officially Begins

111:45pm-1:00pmWorking Lunch: Continue Team Building
11:00pm-2:00pm Team Building and Mentor Roundtables
2:00pm to 5pmProject Development – Inventing Continues
15pm to 6:00pmWrap up & depart from campus
29:30am – 10:00am Check-In
210:00am – 10:45amPitch Presentation Talk

210:45am-11:30pmInventing Continues
211:30pm – 12:30pmWorking Lunch
212:30pm – 2:30pm Finalize Inventathon Projects and Prepare Presentations
22:45pm – 3:15pmProject Submission Deadline

Judges will review projects

23:15pm – 4:30pmCommunity Showcase
24:30pm – 5:30pm Pitch Presentations, Awards Closing Ceremony
26:00pm Building Closes


Where is the INVENTATHON@HCC happening?

This Fall 2019, the INVENTATHON@HCC will occur at the Scarcella Science and Techonology Building at Houston Community College Southwest College’s  Stafford Campus.  See above for location details.

Who can attend the INVENTATHON@HCC

Any middle-high school (grades 6-12), community college and university student in the Greater Houston Area whose registered can attend and participate.

Can you team up for INVENTATHON@HCC?

Yes! In fact, we recommend teams of 2-5 members to get the most out of the event. A lot of this is teamwork, and you only have 15 hours to create something amazing!

What should I bring to the INVENTATHON@HCC?

Laptops, chargers, cell phones, and of course passion will be helpful.

Bring your tools, paper, supplies, kits,  that you need to make your invention.

Please note: Knives, firearms, and other dangerous things from the outside world are not permitted at the event. HCC Police will be on site and may not permit items that it deems unsafe for others.

If you have dietary needs, feel free to bring your own lunch bag.

How much does INVENTATHON#HCC cost?

Admission is waived for registered students for both days thanks to our sponsors: Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives!

Please note only registered participants will be allowed on campus and registration will be closed when at event capacity of 50 participants.

Will there be awards and prizes?

Of course! We want to recognize your efforts and the time you spent at the event. We will have professionals in various STEM fields as judges to help evaluate the projects and award the prizes.

1st Place: $300.00

2nd Place: $200.00

3rd Place: $100.00

$600.00 will be awarded Sunday evening!

The INVENTATHON@HCC Making History By the Numbers

All of our INVENTATHONs have been a huge success! But don’t just take our word for it, the numbers say it all.

800 Total Participants

From past INVENTATHON@HCC events

45+ Mentors

We’ve had mentors from all S.T.E.A.M industries volunteering and helping our students build great inventions!

$2500 Dollars in Prizes

From combined Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC!


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Community Partners

The INVENTATHON@HCC hackathon program is pleased to partner with these community organizations

Our Sponsors


Please read the instructions carefully and stay within the guidelines. HCC reserves the right to disqualify any miscategorized or incomplete entries. NOTES: If you are selected as a winner and awarded cash prizes and/or an internship and/or access to an accelerator program, please be aware that you are responsible for making the necessary arrangements to commence the opportunity in a timely manner. Once you start your opportunity it is understood that you will abide by the terms and conditions of the program as required by your host organization. Furthermore, by participating in the competition you agree to release and hold HCC, its officers, directors, employees, agents and contractors harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights and actions of any kind (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) in connection with, or resulting from, participation in the competition including—without limitation—personal injuries, death, property damages and any claims by third parties or otherwise based on publicity rights, defamation, copyright, trademark, invasion of privacy or other violations of law relating to your participation in the competition or its opportunities.