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Saturday, April 1 2023
10 AM - 8 PM

The Hive
Pomona Campus
130 E 7th St, Claremont, CA

Sparkathon was founded on principles of inclusion and diversity. There are no requirements or expected experience and students of all majors, interests, and ages are encouraged to participate.

Sparkathon is organized by a team of undergraduate students from across the 5Cs, supported by Pomona Ventures, and made possible by our amazing sponsors.


10 AM

11 AM

5 PM

6 PM

7 PM


Introduction to Sparkathon

Keynote Speaker Presntation

Speaker Panel



Challenge Begins


Preliminary-Round Presentations


Final-Round Presentations (Public)



Awards Ceremony


Wondering what to expect? Feel free to browse our past events here

Want to learn more about HCD? Read about the five stages here

During the event, communications will

be sent through our Slack Channel. Join here on April 1st

Updates will be posted to the site frequently, so check back regularly for the latest

Schedule subject to change 


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Fred spent 25 years at Fidelity Investments in Boston, most recently as Senior Vice President of Design Thinking and Innovation, where he also designed Fidelity’s first website in 1996. Fred has also been a lecturer and fellow at the Stanford, where he taught a range of classes such as “Designing with Data” and “Designing for the Law”
Fabian Fernandez-Han (PO '20) studied Politics and Human-Centered Design, which would lead him to found Sparkathon in 2018. After graduating, Fabian joined Google in San Francisco as a Product Marketer leading retail GTM strategy on Nest and Pixel (Chromecast and Tablets). In the past year he's moved to YouTube working on Shorts and Brand. In his spare time, Fabian spends much of his time traveling, making sushi, and playing tennis. 


What is Sparkathon?

Sparkathon is an impact-driven design thinking competition, tasking students to work collaboratively to solve pressing real-world issues

Why Sparkathon?

Sparkathon is a unique opportunity to practice critical thinking and problem-solving, collaborate with your peers, learn from industry leaders, network with recruiters, and win prizes

Am I eligible?

Yes! All Claremont College students are invited to Sparkathon

What's this year's challenge?

The challenge will be announced at the opening ceremony

What if I don't have a team?

No problem! Sign up as an individual and we'll match you with a team on-site

What will I eat?

Sparkathon will be providing free brunch, snacks, and beverages for all participants

What are the prizes?

The winning contestants will receive cash prizes, there will be lots of swag, and everyone leaves with good memories :)

When does registration open?

March 17, 2023 

When does registration close?

March 24, 2023. However, space is limited so don't wait! 

Will there be training?

Yes! Sparkathon will host a design thinking workshop about a week before the competition. Date, time, and details will be announced soon

More Questions?

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