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inventathon™ 4

Houston, April 14-15


As Featured In... The Houston Chronicle!
See our feature, Inventathon: where innovation and invention meet at Houston Community College, in the Houston Chronicle by clicking on the image to the left...


The INVENTATHON is essentially a hackathon, with a twist.

At the INVENTATHON, you can do anything from coding an app, building a robot, or making something uniquely creative based on a given theme (Energy for Spring 2018).

Teams can consist of 2-5 members and you will have approximately 20 hours to create something amazing! Of course, you can do it by yourself, but it won't be the same!

Hackathons, like the INVENTATHON are a can't miss experience, especially for high school students! You can learn something new, make something that the world has never seen before, and win some amazing prizes ($.$.$)!

Spring 2018 INVENTATHON Countdown

The Spring 2018 INVENTATHON will commence when this countdown reaches 00:00:00:00.

Spring 2018 INVENTATHON Timeline

Here's a brief overview of the Spring 2018 INVENTATHON event dates. See complete schedule below.

1 March 2018

Registration Opens

Students in the Greater Houston Area (6-12) can proceed to registration for the Spring 2018 INVENTATHON.

14 April 2018

Day 1

Day 1 of the Spring 2018 INVENTATHON will feature the opening cermony with a talk by Bill Heins, dinner, and hours of inventing!

15 April 2018

Day 2

Day 2 of the Spring 2018 INVENTATHON will feature the continuation of inventing, lunch, dinner, and the closing ceremony with a talk by Marcella Watkins and project presentations/prizes!

Spring 2018 INVENTATHON Schedule

Here's a complete schedule of the 2-day (Sat. Apr. 14 - Sun. Apr. 15) Spring 2018 INVENTATHON.

19:00am - 9:30amCheck-In
19:30am - 10:00amOpening Ceremony
110:00am - 11:00amKeynote Speech
111:00am-1:00pmTeambuilding and Lunch
111:00pmInventing Officially Begins
19:00pmBuilding Closes
29:00am - 9:30amCheck-In
210:00amInventing Continues
24:00pmSnack & Inventing Submission Deadline
27:00pm - 8:30pmAwards Presentation and Closing Ceremony
29:00pmBuilding Closes

Spring 2018 INVENTATHON Speakers

Learn more about our Opening and Closing Ceremony speakers below.

Dr. Heins is currently a senior geoscience advisor for a REALLY BIG oil company. Before the turn of the century, Dr. Heins was Professor of Geology at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho and Vassar College in New York. He has also worked as a guide on the Snake River, news writer for China Central Television, management consultant, floor layer, and corn gleaner. Bill holds a PhD in Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Watkins recently retired from another REALLY BIG oil company and is now a Robotics coach for underprivileged children. Before the turn of the century, she was a patent attorney in a law firm. She has taught patent law at the University of Houston Law Center and has worked as a waitress and in a detergent manufacturing plant. Marcella has a JD from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in chemical engineering from Rice University.


This Spring 2018, the INVENTATHON will occur at the Houston-area HCC location: HCC Southwest. See above for location details.

Any middle or high school student (grades 6-12) in the Greater Houston Area can attend!

Yes! In fact, we recommend teams of 2-5 members to get the most out of the event. A lot of this is teamwork, and you only have 20 hours to create something amazing!

Laptops, chargers, cell phones, and of course passion will be helpful. Other useful items include: toiletries, a change of clothes, a pillow, some earplugs, an eye mask, a jacket, and deodorant (this does not mean you'll be staying overnight, just for the purpose of rest).

Bring some cash for water/drinks, other snacks, and supplies. We're doing our best to get as much as possible sponsored for the event, but we may not be able to provide everything for free.

Knives, firearms, and other dangerous things from the outside world are not permitted at the event.

Admission is $15 (early bird)/$25 (at the door) and includes access to WiFi, lots of tools and equipment, and some sponsored snacks. 

Bring some cash for water/drinks, other snacks, and supplies (such as arduinos, sensors, etc). We're doing our best to get as much as possible sponsored for the event, but we may not be able to provide everything for free.

Of course! We want to recognize your efforts and the time you spent at the event. We will have professionals in various STEM fields as judges to help evaluate the projects and award the prizes.

Making History
By the Numbers

All of our INVENTATHONs have been a huge success! But don't just take our word for it, the numbers say it all.


Total Participants

From the Spring 2016, Spring 2017, and Fall 2017 INVENTATHONs™.


Total Sponsors

From the Spring 2016 and Spring 2017 INVENTATHON™. We've had sponsors from all kinds of STEM industries as well as booths and mentors.


Dollars in Prizes

From the Spring 2016, Spring 2017, and Fall 2017 INVENTATHONs™. We've given away drones with cameras, Raspberry Pi 3 kits, Arduino kits, and cash prizes up to $500.



We've hosted our INVENTATHONs™ at Clements High School (Sugar Land) and HCC Southwest (Stafford).

Our Sponsors

All of our INVENTATHONs have been made possible by the contributions of our amazing sponsors!


Want to know more or need help with registration? Drop us a line!