Spring 2021 Tech Ethics Make-A-Thon

April 9 at 3 p.m. - April 10 at 3 p.m.

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The Carl G. Grefenstette Center is proud to announce the first Grefenstette Center Make-A-Thon! All Duquesne students, undergraduate or graduate, are welcome to join us in developing new ideas, research and projects related to applied ethics during this 24-hour event. 

Write a program, design an app, craft a policy, build a robot, draft a poster, create a video, build a website, write a song...creativity is encouraged! 

$1000 Cash Grand Prize 
$500 Second Place | $300 Third Place | and more! 
PLUS $20/person for food money for all registrants.

Four $200 specific prizes:

$200 Office of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Prize
$200 Elsinore Bennu Think Tank Prize for Restorative Justice
$200 Women in STEM Prize
$200 Division of Mission and Identity Prize

Three $100 Honorable Mention prizes from the Evaluating Variations in Language Laboratory.

What's a Make-A-Thon?  A Make-A-Thon is an idea showcase where people get together to build cool things on a very short timescale and demonstrate how to change the world.

What do I have to do? Be creative and solve problems! If you know how to code, write a program or develop an app. If you don't, that's ok, too! You can build a robot, design a tool, craft a policy, draft a poster, write a proposal, create a video, build a website...creativity is encouraged on the way to solving problems.

What kind of project will I build? The Make-A-Thon theme is Ethics in Technology, but a specific challenge (or set of challenges) will be issued within this theme at the start of the 24-hour period. All teams will compete to deliver a proposal, code a project, draft an idea, solve a problem, create a video, design a prototype, or simply amaze the judges with some previously unknown act of practical tactical brilliance! 

How long do I have? The Make-A-Thon runs for 24 hours, from 3 p.m. on Friday to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Anything you and your team can do in 24 hours is fair game! 

Team? Teams of up to four people can compete as a group. Any Duquesne student, graduate or undergraduate, is eligible. You can compete alone or as a team. 

Where will this happen? Because of the pandemic, the contest will run on Discord and Zoom. 

Questions? Email grefenstettecenter@duq.edu.