Waltham Social Design Challenge on Disequity

"A Hackathon targeted at Waltham's robust not for profit community."

March 17 - 18 2018 | Brandeis University

On the weekend of Saturday March 17th , Brandeis will hold its fifth annual Printathon, a 24-hour hack-event in which teams from educational institutions gather and compete to design and pitch a 3D-printed creation.

This year, Deis3D and the MakerLab are partnering with the Brandeis International Business School to co-sponsor a Waltham community facing “Social Design Challenge on Disequity”. This year, we are sourcing our hack-challenges from the 30 or so not for profits and social enterprise organizations local to Waltham. Instead of having a single hackathon challenge, our event theme will fuse digital fabrication & social impact to work on real world solutions.

At the start of the Hackathon, students from “BUS-295C: Field Projects: Consulting in Social Innovation Impact”, who have spent the last semester embedded in the boardrooms of a dozen or so Waltham nonprofit companies, will pitch challenges sourced directly from those companies. Each hackathon team will chose a design challenge they find compelling to focus on.

On Sunday March 18th at noon, a panel of judges including community activists, technology specialists and educators will judge the project pitches on how well they satisfy the needs of the non-profit, as well as on Complexity, Creativity, Originality, the 3D Printed Component, Adherence to the Challenge, and a Popular Vote.

Open to the public from noon to 3pm Sunday March 18th for the judging and closing ceremonies in the Farber Library Mezzanine!