1. Register for HCC CE Course (Free): APP-A-THON:
  2. Log into Discord: App-a-thon Discord Channel
  3. Log into HCC Eagle Online Canvas Course: Canvas Course
  4. Accept WebEX Event Panelist (emailed)
  5. (When Annocued) Join, Remo App-a-thon Virtual Hall

*Participants will receive continuing education credit at Houston Community College!



The APPATHON@HCC is essentially a hackathon, with a twist! 

Student App Showcase: Celebrate Ingenuity

A ONE-day weekend gathering of high school and college students & teams organized to address specifically defined challenges!

Students using a fast-paced ‘hackathon” methodology will be introduced to a global issue by subject matter experts. Students will choose a challenge to address, receive mentoring and feedback in generating an app showcase and integrated solutions, and present their app ideas to a set of judges for cash awards and recognition, all on the same day!

Basically, after students work together brainstorming, planning, and prototyping an app, they will create a presentation that they’ll pitch to a panel of judges during the showcase. The event concludes with the recognition of students and a celebration of all participants!

So at the APPATHON@HCC, you can do anything from design an app and showcase your ingenuity by making something uniquely creative based on a given theme of Community Wellness, with a special focus on COVID-19!

Teams can consist of 2-5 members and you will have approximately 3 hours to create something amazing! and Yes, you can do it by yourself, but it won’t be the same!

Hackathons, like the APPATHON@HCC are a can’t miss experience! You can learn something new, make something that the world has never seen before, and win some amazing cash prizes!

Program Schedule: (Subject to Change)

9 am Check-in & Orientation  
10 am Inspiration

Welcome by College President Burillo, Dean Otmishi, Directors Saber & Brahmbhatt, and Special Program.

Keynote Speaker: 
Ryan Alexander Thomas - CEO - Umanity!

11 am Instruction
(Skills build)
Presented by Digital & Information Technology Faculty
noon Making
Challenges Announced
  Team Building & Collaboration on Discord Channel and Remo Channel

Project IDEAS (care, think, design, act & make)

Design Thinking
Pitch Presentation

< 3 pm Projects due! Submit before Presentations before 3 pm!  
> 3 pm Peer Review Community Showcase
4 pm Evaluation of Top Projects Distinguish Judges (listed below)
< 5 pm Awards Cash Prize Winners Announced! 


Keynote Speaker



Presented by HCC Southwest Center for Entrepreneurship and HCC Digital and Information Technology. Together we are hosting a one-day virtual hackathon for current and aspiring students to showcase APP Ideas, Celebrate Ingenuity.  Designing apps is a great way for students to work together to solve problems in our school or community. And we want to give aspiring coders a chance to celebrate their ingenuity as they present their ideas and share their solutions with peers, families, teachers, and the community.



There is no team size limit, but at least one team member must be enrolled in Houston Community College at the time of submission. (Note: All students participating in the APP-A-THON CE Course will automatically be enrolled in a Continuing Education Course at HCC)



Participants: Individuals enrolled at Houston Community College
Teams, require one member to be enrolled at Houston Community College


  • Cash Awards only valid only for Countries: United States America


Provide a Pitch Presentation
(Download a sample template)

REQUIRED in Presentation: A Visual Concept of the APP showcase (wireframes/layout & app flow)

Hackathon Sponsors


$500 in prizes

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dr. Maya Durnovo

Dr. Maya Durnovo
Chief Entrepreneurial Officer (HCC)

Fheryl Prestage

Fheryl Prestage
Vice Chancellor of IT (HCC)

Dr. Shantay Grays

Dr. Shantay Grays
Vice Chancellor of Student Services (HCC)

Dr. Wren Bump

Dr. Wren Bump
Houston Community College

Sean Otmishi

Sean Otmishi
Dean, Digital & Information Technology (HCC)

Don Henderson

Don Henderson

Judging Criteria

  • Originality and Innovation
  • Potential Positive Impact
  • Technical Difficulty
  • User Interface and Design
  • Overall Idea and Concept

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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Hackathon sponsors

Host Organization
Community Partners
HCC Program Sponsors

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