Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ecothon 2021? What is a hackathon?


Ecothon 2021 is a two day (over the weekend) global design convention for high schoolers looking to make a difference in the environment. Teams of 5-6 will design a solution, using the principles of human centered design, in the form of a multi-faceted, self-sustaining structure. The general requirements will be specified by a prompt revealed on the first day of the competition. Particpants will also get a chance to hear from two distinguished speakers in the field and join the founders' team after the event. Ecothon is inspired by hackathons, in which software designers and others in CS fields "sprint" intensively for a day or a few days to complete software projects in teams.




Who are the leaders of Ecothon 2021 and why did they create Ecothon 2021?


Shivi and Shrey, two high school juniors from Delhi, India and San Jose, America, respectively. They created Ecothon for the purpose of spreading the message of ecologicial design to other high schoolers, finding likeminded indiviuals they could collaborate with on their overall project or other projects after the decent, and finally generating ideas for their project. Refer to the about page for more information.




Who is eligible to participate in Ecothon 2021? Age, gender, nationality, etc. Do I  need to have skills in any area such as computer programming, calculus, engineering, etc.?


Anyone around the world from the ages 14-18 can sign up. No prior skills are needed, just a willingness to learn, collaborate, and innovate!




Can I participate by myself or do I need to participate as a team?


You can register either as yourself or with up to five friends/classmates. If you register by yourself or with less than 4 others, we will place you into a team. We aim to mix together youth from different parts of the world, and you can rest assured that you will be in a great team!




Is there a cost to participate?


No!




I am interested in joining you on the leadership team for Ecothon 2021. Are you accepting applications?


Send us an email and we'll see if we can use your skills, but unfortunately the probability is low that we will expand our team for the actual ecothon. However, we are looking to expand our team for our overall project after the ecothon with some of the event's participants (that was actually one of the motivations for starting the event!), and more information about this oppurtunity will be provided at the end of the ecothon. There is also some more about this on the event page.




During Ecothon 2021, will teams be supported by mentors? If so, who are the mentors and when will they be available to support each team?


Yes! The four mentors can be found on the speakers page, and all are well qualified to help teams. During the team work session on the first day during the actual zoom session, mentors will go through the breakout rooms and help all teams. In the time between the two days of the event, when teams will be working on their own time, teams can scedule help sessions with mentors through the event slack server, and mentors will help teams based on availability.




Can I get volunteer service hours for my participation in this event?


Unfortunately not officially, though we encourage you to contact your school over wether they will give you volunteer hours for attending. However, you will definitely be eligible to get plenty of volunteer hours if you apply or are selected to join the six month design lab after Ecothon 2021, where you will work with other selected participants and the founders of Ecothon to incorporate your ideas in real life models.




I have more questions or suggestions. How can I contact you?


Contact us at ecothon2021@gmail.com, or through our social media pages!




Who will I work with at Ecothon 2021?


Teams of 5-6 high schoolers from around the world! You can also join Ecothon 2021 with up to five friends, if you would like. All team members must register through the sign up form.




Why should I sign up?


This is an opportunity for you to… - Meet like-minded teenagers from around the world - Challenge yourself to solve a real-world problem of great importance. - Stand out in college applications - Earn CAS points (IB) / Class Credit (AP) - Join us in our bold, global project to create an eco-friendly, sustainable, habitable, and evolving model structure - Interact with specialists and experts - Be recognized online on our website for your talent and hard work with a headshot, your name and your project presentation




Is anything required to join Ecothon 2021?


A gmail account, a working internet connection, access to Zoom, and an open mindset!