Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre seek to encourage more students and young adults to embark in technopreneurship through IdeasInc, an accelerator programmes, and #startathon, a technopreneurship-focused hackathon. However, the barrier for those with no technical background seemed to be very high.
Many students and young adults with no technical background feel that they would not be able to compete or contribute in technical hackathon. Therefore, they would be unlikely to join such hackathon.
We designed a hackathon to cater to those with non technical background. This is done by providing live masterclasses to teach basic making skills, around-the-clock technical consultants to help the participants, and even a mini maker-space to push those with technical skills to try making using ‘traditional’ tools such as the band saw and hammers!
We have been organising #startathon for 4 years now, and have seen constant rise in first-time hackathon participation numbers, with some of #startathon alumni continuing to become an avid maker, even technopreneurs.