Saturday, April 1 2023
10 AM - 8 PM
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.
Introduction to Sparkathon
Keynote Speaker Presntation
Final-Round Presentations (Public)
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
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 d.school, 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
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
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