2019 Digital Innovation & Ideathon Competition

The Winners

Team +C - 1st

"We want to make an app for the college students where they can post about the textbooks they want to sell. We have noticed it is very hard to access cheap books and sell your textbooks."

Team +C

Team Innovate - 2nd

"Many students are unaware of the plethora of educational resources found on campus. For both incoming and previously enrolled students, it can get overwhelming to grasp a hold on everything. Our app targets incoming students and aims to inform them of the resources and assets that Cypress College has to offer. Our app addresses this challenge by providing an easy to use platform for students to be aware of particular office hours and available tutoring sessions. Our platform applies the use of an open forum that will allow students to communicate with each other, providing an educational and welcoming community feel for everyone."

Team Innovate

Team STEM Cells - 3rd

"How to establish good habits, to present resources and information on what a habit is and how you can effectlively change your habits"

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Ideathon™ is a weekend-long competition full of fun and innovation! This is where students take their ideas and build them into an app – no coding skills necessary. You will have the opportunity to create digital solutions to challenges that arise on your campus. This is your chance to make a change and get the chance to win some prizes and recognition for your devotion to make a difference for your college.

National Competition

The team that creates the winning application from each school wins a local prize and will also be eligible to win a $10,000 national prize, awarded at the annual Kurogo Conference.

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Note: Cypress College is the first community college to compete in this competition


Team Members: The competition is open to all enrolled Cypress College students. 10 teams of 3 - 5 students will be eligible to compete in the local competition.

Team Leader: Each team must have at least one team member who will serve as the main contact for the team, will submit the idea, keep the team informed. And serve as the spokesperson on competition Day.

Degrees: This competition is inclusive to all majors- No coding skills necessary

Student Terms

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Challenge Themes

Pick one of these example challenge themes or suggest your own!

  • Campus Sustainability
  • College Time Management
  • Disability on Campus
  • Food Insecurity
  • Freshmen Retention
  • Financial Challenges
  • Housing Insecurity
  • Life Skills
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health

Past Winning UI/UX Platforms


Submission Example:

• Challenge Theme: Parking SOS
• Challenge/Problem: There is no way to tell what parking lot has available parking spots
• Solution: an app that displays how many parking spots are available in real time

Note: You can be the one to make this happen!

Program Schedule

Wednesday evening, April 10, 2019 - Business building, rooom 107

  • 6 pm Students get a free step by step training on how to build an app
  • 9 pm Students have 24 hours to work in a sandbox to get familiar with platform

Friday, April 12, 2019

  • 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm   Doors open/ Registration
  • 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm   Welcome address and video about Modo Ideathon
  • 12:45 pm - 3:30 pm   Students work in Production Environment
  • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm   Students continue to work in Production Environment
  • 7:00 pm - 7:20 pm   Dinner
  • 7:20 pm – 10:00 pm   Students continue working
  • 10:00 pm   Students can continue to work from home

Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • 8 am - 1 pm Room 107 - Future Innovation Hub
  • 7:30 am – 7:40 pm   Doors open/ Registration
  • 7:40 am – 8:00 am   Breakfast
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm   Students Finalize Touches
  • Noon   Production Environment Closes
  • 12:00 pm – 1 pm   Students prepare to present
  • 1 pm - 6 pm CC- PLX Room - 216 Rock Structure Lecture Hall
  • 1 pm – 2 pm   Projection Mapping Presentation
  • 2 pm - 5 pm   Student presentations, judging and awards
  • 5 pm - 6 pm   Pictures, videos, interviews, etc...

Post Competition

First place winner’s app gets submitted to compete against other universities in the nation for a national prize of $10,000, announced at the Kurogo Conference at MIT in June 2019

Sponsored By:

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1st Place Local Prize: $2,000,
and will also be eligible to win a national prize: $10,000


Marc S. Posner
Email: mposner@cypresscollege.edu
Phone: (714) 484-7006