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2013 Hack-A-Thon

CELEB ShipAbout the event:

A typical hack-a-thon is a 24-48 hour event during which time teams build working prototypes for a web or mobile app. But, this is Beloit College where we don't always follow convention. Our event is 6 hours long and designed for all comers. So, while you may have building an app in mind, it is also equally suitable for anyone with a venture they'd like to explore, be it a service or product, on-campus or off, with or without a team. In addition to tech stuff, students have started a bike rental business, travel magazine, smoothie company, dance troupe, and a vintage clothing store. In fact, you don't even need a fully-formed idea. The process throughout the evening will help you get there.

What you can expect:

Working with a group of advisers, you will spend the evening exploring your talents and interests and identifying ways that you can translate into a real venture. The principles you'll learn and coaching you'll receive over the course of the evening will provide you with a framework to launch your own student-led venture, immediately! And, those who wish will be able to register for the Entrepreneur Practicum, a ½ credit course that assists students throughout the semester with their venture. You can also expect a lot of fun, pizza, and a very cool CELEB t-shirt designed by Jon Stone'13.

Who should attend:

Space is limited to 30 participants. Any Beloit College student who wants to pursue activities of their own design and make a live venture should attend. Interest in the DYI and Maker culture are a common point of entry. Those who have an idea for a venture are ideal; however, others who have a strong desire to go through the process of the discovery framework are also very welcome.

If you wish to register for the event, please fill out this registration form.

Workshop Leaders:

  • Brian Morello, Director of CELEB
  • Jerry Gustafson, Professor Emeritus and Founder of CELEB
  • Misha Guth, Program Coordinator of CELEB
  • Niko Skievaski, Founder 100 State – Growth and Innovation Incubator
  • Kristen Peterson, Beloit Film Festival
  • Rama Viswanathan, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Computer Education