MacChangers: Change-a-Thon

| May 26, 2020
Submitted by Meagan Keane for Student Experience - Academic and Career and Professional Development

In response to COVID-19, the Faculty of Engineering has created a 5-day change-a-thon, open to all faculties and levels of study at McMaster. Work with multidisciplinary teams of students to brainstorm, share insights and create innovative solutions to four real world challenges posed by COVID-19.

Date: June 22 – 26
Time: 9 am – 3 pm

For more information, you can view the MacChangers website and watch the Change-a-thon video.

Sound like something you’re interested in? Apply online by June 8.

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2 thoughts on "MacChangers: Change-a-Thon"

  1. Namrata Jain says:

    I would like to get more details on the change-a-thon, especially regarding the content, how will I be participating and is it 6 hours continuous with no breaks?

  2. Brent McKnight says:

    Namrata – great question.

    I got an answer back on this. The students will be working in groups of four within a theme area that they have identified when they sign up for MacChangers. There will be presentations (especially at the beginning) about writing a problem statement, what is Human Centred Design, Brainstorming,… that the groups will then apply to their particular community problem. The rest of the time, the teaching team and student partners will help guide and provide assistance as the student groups come up with a potential solution to the problem that they tackled. The organizers have indicated that they have worked lots of breaks into the 5-day content to make sure that people are not spending the entire time in an online meeting environment.

    -Brent McKnight

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