About The Event
The third annual Ideathon is an immersive seminar on the intersection between technology and business, geared towards UVA students interested in entrepreneurship. Many students have either the technical or business expertise to start a tech startup, but seldom have both. The Ideathon will bridge the gap between these students to help foster entrepreneurship at UVA.
At the Ideathon, students will have the opportunity to:
Match with students with other skills. Students with technical experience can
match with more business minded students. Students with a tech idea can match with students who are
looking for a team to work with.
Meet with and form a lasting bond with a mentor. Teams will meet with mentors, either UVA business or engineering faculty, or professionals in the industry, about their ideas. Mentors and students will swap information and continue to build their relationship and idea well past the Ideathon.
Attend workshops by experts on digital innovation and marketing. Both technical and business-minded students can learn from the workshops from UVA faculty and industry professionals, on what it takes to build a tech startup.
Pitch their ideas to a Shark Tank-esque board and to their fellow students for feedback and seed money. Students will be able to pitch their ideas in both an expo experiment, as well as to a panel of professionals for feedback and seed money.
UVA Campus, Thornton A Wing
Saturday, 2 October, 2021
Show up and get signed into the event!
A brief introduction to the event and messages from our sponsors.
Get your bagels and coffee to start the day!
Team Building (Speed Dating)
Join an existing idea, or find people to help you out with the ones you have!
How to Pitch
Learn tips and tricks to make the perfect pitch!
How to Achieve Success Through Teamwork and Collaboration
Presented by UVA's Professor Stone
Refuel to keep your ideas flowing!
Collaborative Ideation Using Miro
Presented by UVA's Professors Leopold and Maurer
Work in your teams, get help from mentors, and get ready to pitch!
Deliver a pitch to a Shark Tank-esque board!
Judging begins and the winners will be announced online afterwards.
Why should students come to this
event? What will they get out of it?
A mentor/point of contact and a team for their ideas. An understanding of what a hackathon is, experience in both COMM and CS and their conjunction. A market plan and a CS outline for building their application, free lunch, and potentially extra credit for their classes. Teams will also have the opportunity to win seed money to bring their idea to life.
What should students be bringing to
Ideas, if they have them!
What is expected of mentors (including
time commitment, additional prep, after the ideathon support)?
We would love for mentors to participate for a minimum of one hour, but welcome them to be active for longer. We would also love to have mentors give talks or conduct workshops, if they are interested. We expect mentors to have 30-60 min meetings with each team they mentor and to maintain however much contact teams would like to have after the ideathon.
How are mentors assigned?
We will not be assigning mentors. Instead, we will ask mentors to come up with a list of information they would need from teams to judge whether or not they would be a good mentor-mentee fit. Then, teams will fill out a form, and mentors can select the teams they feel they would be able to mentor well
What can sponsors get out of
Sponsors can acquaint themselves with UVA students who are passionate about a cool idea with the capability to execute on it. They can also develop relationships with UVA clubs, especially VVF and HooHacks. They can also help foster entrepreneurship at UVA. Contact us for more information about sponsoring our event.
What do we want out of sponsors?
We would like sponsors to provide us with mentors and/or speakers to give talks/conduct workshops. We would also love it if our attendees could get to form connections with the sponsors for internships, or other learning opportunities.