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  • Haverford Innovations Program

    HIP Spring Schedule - 2018

    *Tentative - dates & events may change

    Tri-Co Hackathon @ Haverford

    Click for More Information on this event and registration.

    Friday, Feb 2nd - Sat, Feb 3rd

    Hosted by Haverford College

    Location: Haverford's VCAM starting at 4pm on Friday, ending Saturday at 9:30pm

    No experience necessary. 

    Workshops from 4-5pm & 6-7pm on Friday for all experience levels. 

    The Tri-Co Hackathon aims to bring teams of students from Haverford, Swarthmore, and Bryn Mawr together in collaborative learning through engagement with digital technology and programming. This event is for students of all coding backgrounds from beginners to seasoned Computer Science majors. 
    Students can participate in a range of workshops from 4-6pm, after which they will network and create teams around a chosen theme. From Friday evening to Saturday teams continue to develop working prototypes. All teams will present their projects to a panel of local professionals who will choose the winning concepts. 


    An Advanced Introduction To Haskell (Advanced)

    You will learn how to 1) write basic functions in haskell, 2) write basic data types in haskell and 3) use 1) and 2) to make better programs. Part 3) is really about having the type system prove some correctness properties.


    Introduction to Programming with Scratch (Beginner)

    This workshop will focus on learning the basic logic behind Computer Science using the drag-and-drop coding language Scratch. We’ll create a couple of simple animated projects which will teach Scratch as well as how to understand code in other programming languages. Absolutely no programming experience is required.


    Learn Version Control with Git and Github (Everyone)

    Learn the utility and basics of file version control with Git. Use Git and Github to streamline group project workflow.


    Extending the Google Apps Suite (Everyone)

    Learn how to add your own custom functionality to Google Sheets and Docs. Discover how to have Google Sheets and Docs interact with other G suite services such as Maps, Forms and Gmail.


    Sidewinding with Python:  Python Programming (Beginner)

    This workshop gives the participants a quick introduction to programming concepts using Python programming language. Ideally for people without prior experience with programming, this workshop contains basic procedures of programming that underlie the core concepts of basic aspects of every programming language.

    Capacity will be limited to around 45 participants. Registrants may be waitlisted but we will try to accommodate everyone if we are able.


    Amazon Web Services (Everyone)

    Information to come


    Physical Computing – Arduino (Everyone)

    Information to come


    User Interface Design (Everyone)

    Information to come

    More information & registration

    Space may be limited but we will try to accommodate everyone who registers. 

    Spring 2018 Tri-Co Hackathon Poster

    Tri-Co Startup Weekend

    Immersive startup weekend exploring and and learning about entrepreneurship with an emphasis on social impact. 

    No experience necessary

    Friday, Feb 9th - Saturday, Feb 10th

    Sign up to receive an email notification when registration opens. 

    Beginning 4:30pm on Friday and ending Saturday at 9:30pm

    During startup weekend students will form teams of 6-8 members that will build vision for a business for social impact.  

    Teams will be assigned mentors, attend mini-workshops and  learn to assess market needs, develop a business model, and hone their presentation skills. Curriculum will include Competitive Analysis, Market Research, Financial Modeling, Sales & Marketing, Business Plan Creation, Presentation Development, Design Thinking, Social Enterprise & Social Innovations.  

    The event culminates on Saturday evening when all teams will pitch to a panel of local professionals and entrepreneurs who will choose the winning concepts. 

    More information 

    Space may be limited but we will try to accommodate everyone who registers. 

    Internships & Fellowships

    HIP Innovation Incubator Fellowship, Summer 2018

    In summer 2018, HIP will pilot the Innovation Incubator for one team of students working on a collaborative project. 

    An 8-week program, the Innovation Incubator will support that team’s project development, with the goal of significantly advancing that concept’s readiness and marketability. Such projects are designed and defined broadly, and the end result may take the form of a marketable product, a creative work for public release, an organization or company, or another form of social innovation.

    More information about the program and application can be found here

    The online application is open and will close on Sunday, Feb 18th at 11:59pm

    CPGC/Mi3/HIP-Agora Partnership 

    This summer the CPGC is offering up to three summer internship placements with the Agora Partnerships in Mexico City, Mexico. Agora Partnerships works with entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean to chart the path from idea to global impact.  Agora Partnerships strives to accelerate the shift to a more sustainable, equitable, and abundant world that supports entrepreneurs intentionally working to create social impact.  Interns can choose between three distinct internships:

    Impact Investing, Program Design and Content, and Visual Communications.          

    Application and more information on the CPGC Partnership Website

    Please note that applicants must be proficient in Spanish and lodging will be at Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City, Mexico. 

  • HIP Haverford Innovation Incubator Fellowship: Application Information, Summer 2018

  • HIP Workshop Series, Fall 2017

    • What is Design Thinking:

       Design Thinking is a methodology merging creative problem-solving with design strategies.   

      "Design Thinking activities are carried on in different steps which are: empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test. Within these steps, problems can be framed, the right questions can be asked, more ideas can be created, and the best answers chosen." 

    • Designing New Businesses:

      We’ve become accustomed to the value of creativity and design thinking in creating new products. 

      But what about creating entirely new businesses? 

      How can we collaborate, co-create, brainstorm and play while thinking through more serious issues like the flow of money and the structure of resources? 

      In this session, we’ll use the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Mad Libs to learn how to do just that.

  • Ongoing Hack-a-thons


    Battlecode is a real-time strategy game. Two teams of virtual robots roam the screen managing resources and attacking each other with different weapons. Your job is to write code to strategically manage your robot army and control how your robots work together to defeat the enemy team. Contestants learn to use artificial intelligence, pathfinding, distributed algorithms, and/or network communications to write their player. Teams are given the Battlecode software and a specification of the game rules in early January. The competition lasts throughout the month and culminates in a Final Tournament. During these tournaments, the autonomous players are pitted against each other in a dramatic head-to-head fashion. The final rounds of the main tournament are played out in front of a live audience in Kresge auditorium, with the top teams receiving cash prizes. The total prize pool is over $50,000.


    Start Date: January 8, 2018

    (Battlecode - AI Programming Competition. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.)

    New York VR Hackathon

    The NY installment of the global VR Hackathon series, this event will feature talks, tech & challenges from the top names in VR, from Samsung to Mozilla to Google, Facebook and more.

    Dates: Sep 22, 2017 – Sep 24, 2017

    Location: New York, New York

    ("NYC VR Hackathon." Eventbrite. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.)

    Hack Human

    This 24-hour hackathon will challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, leave preconceived notions behind, then build and pitch a product/service that uses technology in order to make us better humans.

    Dates: Oct 20, 2017 – Oct 21, 2017

    Location: New York, New York

    ("Hack Human: Hackathon." Eventbrite. N.p., n.d. Web.  <>.)


    Participants compete to solve a specific real world problem through rapid prototyping and design thinking. Think Hackathon without the code, making this event accessible to everyone!

    Dates: Oct 13, 2017 - Oct 14, 2017

    Location: Brooklyn, New York 

    ("Protothon - A 15 hour design thinking & prototyping competitive event." Eventbrite. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.)

    CodeDay Philly 

    CodeDay is a nationwide event where student programmers, artists, musicians, actors, and everyone else can get together and build apps & games for 24 hours. Students of all skill levels are welcome — we have workshops and mentors who can help if you're new!

    Dates: Nov 11, 2017 - Nov 12, 2017

    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

    ("CodeDay Philadelphia." CodeDay. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.)

  • Upcoming/Ongoing Game Jams 

    This website acts as a host for many indie game competitions and hacks. Everything can be done online so you don't need to travel anywhere. There are team and solo competitions as well as themed competitions.  

    Dates: Ongoing


    The gm(48) is a quarterly 48 hours GameMaker game jam from the community of /r/GameMaker. For more than 5 years, the community has been running the gm(48) games development competition for game developers of all ages and abilities. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, young or old, there's no reason not to participate. The gm(48) is a casual, fun and learning experience for everyone. By participating in the gm(48), you will learn and grow as a GameMaker developer. 


    Round 1: Sep 30, 2017   


    Round 2: Oct 7, 2017      

    The Jam: Oct 14, 2017 - Oct 16, 2017

    Round 1: Dec 30, 2017

    Round 2: Jan 6, 2018

    The Jame: Jan 13, 2018 - Jan 15, 2018

    (Redditgamemaker. "A quarterly 48 hours GameMaker game jam – gm(48)." Gm(48). N.p., n.d. <>.)

    Global Game Jam

    The GGJ brings together talented individuals from within your community. It is a unique opportunity for people to push their skills and challenge their way of working. Participants work concurrently with developers around the globe; we rally around a central theme, and then have 48 hours to create a game. It's our hope that we will see some very experimental realized prototypes that you can continue to work on after the jam. Many games developed in previous Game Jams have become fully realized games. The GGJ is open source, hardware & software agnostic and all projects are protected under a Creative Commons license. We encourage people to try out new ideas and push themselves, within reason. We also strongly encourage participants to remember to eat and sleep, to stay at their best!

    Dates: January 26 - 28, 2018

    ("FAQ." Global Game Jam®. N.p., 13 Jan. 2017. Web. <>.)

    • The Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) is one of 84 Patent & Trademark Resource Centers (PTRC) in the United States and its territories, as designated by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).

      PTRC “can provide in helping inventors and small businesses find the information they need to protect their intellectual property [IP]. However, PTRC representatives are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice.”

      The PTRC can: 
      •Demonstrate sample searches for patents & trademarks
      •Explain the patent & trademark process in terms of costs and time frames
      •Help find information