1. Register for HCC CE Course (Free): APP-A-THON: 
  2. Log into HCC Eagle Online Canvas Course
    (All Registered Students will be enrolled in a CE class at HCC)
  3. Accept REMO.CO Event Invitation for Session A, B, & C!
  4. On April 24th, 9 AM CDT,  join the Program Live!
    1. A) 

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


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

Student App Showcase: Celebrate Ingenuity

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 Climate Action, with a special focus on Earth Day and Sustainability!

Teams can consist of 1-4 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 Welcome by Ravi Brahmbhatt
9:30 am Inspiration

Special Welcome by

Keynote Speaker: 

10:30 am Instruction
(Skills build)

Presented by Digital & Information Technology Faculty

  • Professor Andre Hermann
  • Professor Anci Shah
  • Professor Shilpa Phase
noon Making
Challenges Announced
noon to 12:30 pm Team Building & Collaboration on Remo APPATHON EVENT


Track A: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Track B: 2 pm to 2:15 pm

A) Design Thinking Workshop by Landi Spearman

B) Pitch Presentation by 
David Regenbaum

< 3 pm Projects due!
Submit before Presentations before 3 pm!
> 3 pm Peer Review Community Showcase
4 pm Evaluation of Top Projects Local Distinguished Judges review student projects
< 5 pm Awards Cash Prize Winners Announced! 


Keynote Speaker

Juliana Garaizar - Greentown Labs
Juliana Garaizar
Launch Director 
Greentown Labs Houston

Juliana is an experienced global executive and general manager with demonstrated success working with entrepreneurs in angel investment, venture capital, and private equity across multiple industry sectors including med-tech, cleantech, fintech, consumer, and impact. Most recently she served as the Director of the Texas Medical Center Venture Fund, and prior to that as the Managing Director of the Houston Angel Network. Juliana has served on many boards and advisory boards in the areas of innovation, investment, and civic engagement. As a globetrotter who has visited 60 countries, Juliana is passionate about experiencing different cultures and speaks five different languages. During her travels, she has been able to experience the impact of climate change firsthand. During her last eight years living in Houston, she has been able to see a shift in the city’s understanding of the impacts of climate change and the need for an energy transition. 



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: 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 Scholarship Awards only valid only for Countries: United States America


Pitch Presentation Sample: 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)

Mr. David Regenbaum

Mr. David Regenbaum
Board Chairman (HCC Foundation)

Ravi Brahmbhatt

Ravi Brahmbhatt
Board Member (TiE Houston)

Amy Henry

Amy Henry
CEO (Eunike Ventures)

Dr. Sunny Zhang

Dr. Sunny Zhang
Founder (Z LAB)

Samir Saber

Samir Saber
Director of Continuing Education (HCC)

Judging Criteria

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

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

Tell your friends

Hackathon sponsors

Host Organization
Community Partners

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