Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Virtual Ideathon?
An Ideathon is a marathon event designed in the same fashion as a hackathon. It is meant for participants to brainstorm and come up with coherent solution ideas on a given theme and compete to win, all while engaging with individuals from different areas, professions, and disciplines! A Virtual Ideathon is an Ideathon that takes place on an online platform, connecting all participants using tools that facilitate remote collaboration.
How do I participate? Should I pay fees in order to register?
To register for the Global Citizenship Virtual Ideathon 2021, click here. We do not charge any fees for participation/registration. We firmly believe in increasing accessibility of resources to people from all socio-economic backgrounds, and stand for inclusivity, diversity, and equity.
If you relate to our organization’s vision and mission and would like to lend a hand, you can support us by making a small donation at meltonfoundation.org/donate.
When is the Ideathon scheduled for?
The Ideathon is scheduled to take place on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of April 2021, with the closing session slated for 25th April 2021.
Is the participation on an individual basis, or do I need to form teams?
Registration to the Ideathon happens on an individual basis. Once you have registered for the Climathon, on the first day, you will be asked to form an interdisciplinary team with the other registrants. The idea is to facilitate collaboration, cross-functional teamwork, and build strong communication skills.
How are teams formed?
The teams form in the early hours of the Ideathon (see ‘schedule’ section to learn more). The organizers will publish a list of participants and their skills. The participants will then be invited to join using the Slack platform, using pre-established channels based on issues and ideas. The participants will proceed to their corresponding groups. Ideally, teams should be interdisciplinary to encourage diversity of perspectives during the process. Participants must choose a definitive team to work with by the end of Day 1.
How do I prepare myself for the event?
More than anything, we ask that you bring your motivation to the event! Additionally, you can familiarize yourself with tools like Slack, Zoom, Gmail, Miro online white-boards, video editing, graphic design, and YouTube among other online collaboration tools.
What kind of solution ideas are developed during the Ideathon?
Participants are welcome to ideate anything from digital to physical products, services, movements, art projects, therapeutic products, anything that creates value to communities while keeping in mind the theme of the Ideathon: Putting Global Citizenship to Practice. The solutions should at least be a low or medium-fidelity prototype. This means that participants have tangible constructions of the idea they were working on.
What are low/medium-fidelity prototypes?
Low-fidelity prototypes may include rough sketches, paper models, simple storyboards, or rough paper prototypes of digital interfaces. You would base your choice of the type of prototype on the type of solution you are seeking to create. Medium fidelity – slightly more detailed, still rough but closer to the solution. Read this article to learn more.
What happens to the solution-ideas post the event?
The adjudged winners will be given the opportunity to apply for grants with suited organizations to work further on their prototypes. All solutions built during the Ideathon will be documented, so anyone can move the idea up further by continuing the collaboration. Participants can implement the solution as part of our #100Acts of Global Citizenship or continue to tackle it together in a project team. The best ideas and prototypes to come out of the Ideathon will be showcased on our blogs, website, and social media channels.
Who chooses the winners? When will the results be announced?
A panel of judges will be in charge of evaluating the projects. Independent judges will rate the projects by the following criteria
- Innovation in the project
- Impact potential
- Possibility of Implementation
- Team diversity (nationality, fields of study/work)
- Presentation of Solution.
Results will be declared in the weeks after the Ideathon based on a popular poll and judges’ evaluation.