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Grand Challenges Makeathon

Join us for the first ever Grand Challenges Makeathon! The makeathon will be similar in concept to a hackathon, but with a wider variety of creative projects encouraged. This means participants will form teams and work together to do as much as they can within the limited time period. 

Teams will work on projects focused on solutions to the Grand Challenge of Fresh Water For All. Teams will then give five-minute presentations of their projects and the judges will select the winners.

Kick-off for the Makeathon will be Friday, Feb. 22 at 5 PM in Penfield Library Room 215. Teams will work throughout the weekend at their own pace until projects are presented on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1:30 PM at Marano Campus Center Auditorium.

The kick-off will include a special Ideation Workshop presented by the Tech Garden of Syracuse.


Sign up by filling out this form

Note: You can also sign up at the event, but signing up in advance will help us in our preparations.


The winning team selected by the judges will receive a grand prize of $250 to be awarded as Amazon gift cards.

Two runners up will be selected. Each of these teams will receive $50 to be awarded as Amazon gift cards.


Prizes are made possible by a Grand Challenges Mini-Grant awarded to Penfield Library.

Participating & Teams

Cost: free

Team size: 2+

Who can participate: SUNY Oswego students at all levels of study

Forming teams: You may come to the event with a team already formed or you can come by yourself hoping to work with others. There will be an activity during the kick-off of the event to help people find team members.

Teams made up of students across different majors are highly encouraged. Judges will consider how interdisciplinary a project is and how much it reaches across different areas of study.

Don't have a team or project? No worries, it's normal for this type of event. Sign up for the event and we will help you find team members. During the kick-off, there will be a Ideation Workshop presented by the Tech Garden from Syracuse to help you guide you in coming up with and developing a great idea.



Projects need to focus on solutions to the Grand Challenge of Fresh Water For All. Learn more about the Grand Challenge.

Any creative, collaborative project is encouraged. Here are some examples, though you are not limited to these:

  • Apps/software
  • Games
  • Short films
  • Product prototypes
  • Websites
  • Commercials or PSA (Public Service Announcement) style videos
  • Podcast-style audio recording or radio show

Judges will be evaluating projects based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Use of research, data, and citations
  • Community impact
  • Business and promotional considerations
  • Interdisciplinary connections and collaboration across different fields of work/study
  • Feasibility as a solution addressing some aspect of the Grand Challenge


Presentations will be about 5 minutes each and take place at 1:30 PM on Sunday, February 24. They will be open to anyone who wants to attend, whether they participated in the Makeathon or not. Teams will have access to a computer with internet access, a projector, and microphones.


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