Student Hackathon

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

Fall 2018: Date/Times

September 22 & 23, 2018

9am to 8pm (on both days)

What is INVENTATHON@HCC?

 InvestH2O Youth and Student Water Resiliency 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 for urban water-related resiliency.

Using a fast-paced ‘hackathon” process and methodology, teams will be introduced to the overall issues of water management and resiliency by subject matter experts, chose 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 during the InvestH2O 2018 Forum on September 26th, 2018.

InvestH2O 2018’s topic was chosen in response to the ongoing threat of storms and floods in one part of the State, drought and depleting sources of water in other parts of Texas.

Too much water one day, not enough the next.

Additionally, the demand for uninterruptible water supplies due to industry and population growth, expanded use of sensors and the Internet of Things, and the requirement for fortifying critical infrastructure are persistent challenges and pressures on communities, citizens, ratepayers, industries, and facilities!

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 Water for Fall 2018!

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 and Dinner will be provided to participants and mentors both Saturday and Sunday!

Fall 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC Speakers

Learn more about our  Speakers at Inventathon@HCC

Richard Seline

Richard Seline

Executive Director & Senior Advisor at AccelerateH2O
Ravi Brahmbhatt

Ravi Brahmbhatt

Director of Student Innovation at HCC
David Regenbaum

David Regenbaum

Chairman, Silver Fox Advisors & HCC Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Justin Sutherland

Justin Sutherland

Chairman, Silver Fox Advisors & HCC Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Fall 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC Mentors

Learn more about our  Mentors at Inventathon@HCC

Roland Fields

Roland Fields

Supervisor of Fabrication and Innovation Lab
Sean Otmishi

Sean Otmishi

Dean Center of Excellence for Digital and Information Technologies
Edward D. Pettitt II

Edward D. Pettitt II

CoFounder of Globin Medical
Christopher Khuong

Christopher Khuong

Computer Science Faculty at HCC
Ravi Brahmbhatt

Ravi Brahmbhatt

Director of Student Innovation at HCC
Robert De Los Santos

Robert De Los Santos

CEO Sky High Party Rentals
Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for Robotics

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for Robotics

Robotic’s Meetup Group in Houston
Shiroy Aspandiar

Shiroy Aspandiar

Co-Founder at Impact Hub Houston & One Jump, Inc.
Sai Gonuguntla

Sai Gonuguntla

Principle Technologist
Kimberly Penn

Kimberly Penn

President of Webtropolis
Carolyn Vasisko

Carolyn Vasisko

Code Park Volunteer
Nalin Pillai

Nalin Pillai

Principal Consultant, Canam Inc & CEO Intech Global Resources Inc
Erin McClarty

Erin McClarty

Attroney
Brenda Rios

Brenda Rios

Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives at HCC
Wanjun Zhang

Wanjun Zhang

Co Founder of Code Park

Fall 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC Judges

Learn more about our Judges at Inventathon@HCC

Jesse Bounds

Jesse Bounds

Director of Innovation (City of Houston)
Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover

Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover

AVC for Special Programs & Success at HCC
Nile Dixon

Nile Dixon

Web Developer at January Advisors
Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

Board Director, Innovation Spark (Houston Maker Faire)
Lawson Gow

Lawson Gow

Founder & CEO of The Cannon

Our Sponsors

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

Our Sponsors

Community Partners

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

Our Sponsors

Fall 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC Location (Stafford Campus)

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

Fall 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC Countdown

The Spring 2018 INVENTATHON will commence when this countdown reaches 00:00:00:00.

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FALL 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC Timeline

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

  • Registration Opens

    1 September 2018

    Registration for the Fall 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC Begins, Registration Link

  • Day 1

    22 September 2018

    Day 1 of the Fall 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC

    Day 1

  • Day 2

    23 September 2018

    Day 2 of the Fall 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC

Fall 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC Schedule

Here’s a complete schedule of the 2-day (Sat. Sept 22 – Sun. Sept 23) Fall 2018 INVENTATHON@HCC.

DayTime(s)Event
19:00am – 9:30amRegistrations & Check-in
19:30am – 10:00amOpening Ceremony: Introduction of Staff, Mentors, Participants
110:00am – 11:00amStrategic Insights on Water-Related Issues, Challenges, and Resiliency Lessons-
Learned: Public and Private Sectors

– Defining Water Management in the 21st Century
– Defining Resiliency Across Communities, Industries, and Neighborhoods
– Defining Immediate and Future Opportunities in the Water Sector
– Questions and Answers

111:00am-11:15amIntroduction of Grand-Challenge Areas of Focus for Hackathon

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

*Inventing Officially Begins

111:15pm-Noon Team Building and Mentor Roundtables
1Noon-1pmWorking Lunch: Continue Team Building
11:00pm-6:00pm Project Development – Inventing Continues
16:00pm-8:00pmWorking Dinner & Wrap up
1by 8:00pm Depart from HCC SW Campus
29:00am – 9:30am Check-In
210:00am – 11:00amPitch Presentation Talk
211:00am-12:00pmInventing Continues
212:00pm – 1:00pmWorking Lunch
21:00pm – 4:00pm Finalize Inventathon Projects and Prepare Presentations
24:00pm – 5:00pmProject Submission Deadline
on hcc.ideator.com.

Judges will review projects

25:00pm – 6:00pmCommunity Showcase
26:00pm – 7:30pm Pitch Presentations, Awards Closing Ceremony
28:00pm Building Closes

FAQ

Where is the INVENTATHON@HCC happening?

This Fall 2018, the INVENTATHON@HCC will occur at the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce 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 16 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.

How much does INVENTATHON#HCC cost?

Admission is free thanks to our sponsors mentioned below!

Please note only registered participants will be allowed on campus and registration will be closed when at event capacity of 120 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: $500.00

2nd Place: $300.00

3rd Place: $200.00

$1000.00 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.

600 Total Participants

From past INVENTATHON@HCC events

30+ Mentors

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

$%500 Dollars in Prizes

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

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Disclaimer:

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.