Ideathon 2019

Have you ever run into a problem on campus that you think you can solve? Have
you ever wanted to build an app?

Welcome to Modo ideathon 2019! Spend a weekend full of fun and innovation
taking your ideas and building them into an app, no coding skills necessary. Work alongside your peers to create solutions to challenges that arise on your campus. This is your chance to make a change…and maybe even win some prizes.



Team Members: The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled (2 to 5 participants). Participants may not compete on more than one team.

Team Leader: Each team must have at least one Team Member who will serve as the main contact for the team, will submit the idea, keep the team informed and as the spokesperson on Competition Day.

Degrees: The competition is open for ALL students, non developers and developers.


1st Place Local Prize: $2,000
1st Place Winner will also be eligible to win a national prize: $10,000


Pick one of these example challenge themes or suggest your own!

Sustainability on CampusHousing Insecurity
Mental HealthFood Insecurity
Physical HealthFinancial Challenges
Freshmen RetentionTime Management
Disability on CampusLife Skills



Submission Example:
• Challenge Theme: Sustainability on campus
• Challenge/Problem: There’s nothing on campus that encourages us or teach us how to recycle
• Solution: an app that educates and encourages our campus community to recycle


These are the videos past local winners at participating universities created for the national competition, displaying their app and how they came up with the idea.

Harvard Bliss 
Arizona State ASU Fit 
The George Washington University GWorld 
Notre Dame Mary’s View App 


  • George Washington University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • Florida State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Maine Maritime University
  • Cypress College
  • Texas A&M, Corpus Christi



Wednesday evening, January 30, 2019 (done at home on your own)
• 7:00 PM Students get access to their sandboxes and training videos

Friday, February 1, 2019: FSU Innovation Hub
• 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Doors open and registration
• 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Welcome address and presentation about Modo Ideathon
• 6:00 PM Students start working
• 7:00 PM Dinner is served
• 10:00 PM Students and staff are dismissed

Saturday, February 2, 2019: FSU Innovation Hub
• 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Doors open and Breakfast is served
• 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Students continue working on-site
• 12:00 PM Lunch is provided
• 5:00 PM – Sandboxes access is restricted and students prepare to present
• 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Student presentations, dinner, judging, and awards

Post Competition
• 1st place winner’s app gets submitted to compete against other universities in the nation for a national prize of $10,000, announced at the Kurogo Conference at MIT in June 2019


Who can participate in a Modo Ideathon? Any student from a participating university is welcome. Absolutely no technical skills are required. In fact, we strongly encourage anyone from Business to Biology majors to participate and bring their fresh ideas to mobile app building. Training on the Modo Campus™ engagement platform will be provided prior to the event weekends.
Should I be on a team when submitting my idea? We encourage students to participate in teams of 2-5 students. If you don’t have a team, apply anyways and your university we’ll help match you to a team.
What types of apps can be created? Apps must be created on Modo Campus. This platform allows anyone without technical skills to create unique, one-of-a-kind mobile apps. Flexible click-and-drag screen templates allow you to incorporate any type of custom content, rich media, feed-based data and web applications into your app. To learn more about the platform check out the examples and visit
Which programming language should I know in order to participate? None, apps will be created on Modo Campus™. Students who have technical skills are welcome to join but won’t need to use any programming language.
When and where is the event being held? The event is being held at the FSU Innovation Hub from February 1 -2. Please see the Program for more details!
Should I bring food? No! All food will be provided the weekend of the event and you can submit any dietary restrictions when applying.
What should I bring? Your laptop, your phone and chargers.
What if I can only be present part of the program for the competition? At least one person from your team should be present at the competition location at all times.
What are the prizes for the winners? There’s a first place prize of $2,000 and a chance to compete for the national prize of $10,000
How does the national prize work? The first place winner will also be competing against other schools in the nation and will be eligible for a national prize of $10,000. Follow @modoideathon on Twitter to be in the loop of the national event. The national prize winner will be announced during the Kurogo Conference at MIT in June 2019. More details will be provided to the winning team.
What happens to my app at the end of the event? In certain cases, Florida State University may choose to include your app as a permanent module within the university app.
Does the event cost anything? No, it’s completely free.


• Students give the university the right to use screenshots of their apps for marketing and promotional purposes.
• Students grant Modo Labs the right to use screenshots from their app for marketing and promotional purposes.
• All participants must review and complete the Student Waiver at registration.

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