Dance Marathon Hackathon 2020

Create new and innovative ideas that can be used by the Miracle Network Dance Marathon community to raise life-saving funds for kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America.

Top 4 Announced Monday 6/8!
Pitch Your Idea to Change the World

We want your ideas to make what we do even better. Pitch your idea individually or in teams of up to 3 people, to create new and innovative ideas that can be used by the Dance Marathon community to raise life-saving funds for kids treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. 

What's in it for You?

The top 4 submissions will get to develop their idea with subject matter experts and present their idea during DMLC 2020, as well as receive a $1000 donation to their local children's hospital. The 3 runners up will win $250 for their local children's hospital.


The idea submitter/team with the winning idea will be able to choose 1 of 3 prize options.


The 3 options are:


  • A one time $3000 grant for their Dance Marathon program!
  • A trip for up to 3 to Children's Hospitals Week 2021 in Orlando, FL!
  • A custom DonorDrive theme along with coaching from Donor Drive on how to make your DonorDrive fundraising platform as effective and engaging as possible!



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Proposals will be created and developed alongside a team of knowledgeable experts in the nonprofit industry.


The top proposals will get the chance to present at DMLC and compete for one of three amazing prizes!


Leave your legacy by influencing the future of Dance Marathon and help millions of kids every year.

Watch the Kickoff!

Tune in HERE to our Dance Marathon Hackathon kickoff to learn how you can submit your idea and compete!

Schedule of Events
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Key Success Criteria

      Each submission should be aligned with one of the following six categories: 


  1. Dance Marathon Community EngagementIdeas should focus on ways to help Dance Marathon communities and or teams stay connected, engaged with their campus community, and drive team members to be successful advocates for their local CMN hospital throughout the year.


  2.  Cause Awareness Campaign: Ideas should focus on ways to unite the Dance Marathon movement to generate greater awareness of the needs of children’s hospitals and drive fundraising for local CMN Hospitals through a singular campaign (Child Health Day, for example). 

  3. Dance Marathon Fundraising: Ideas should focus on tools and resources that will help programs drive fundraising and donations in support of local CMN Hospitals.

  4. Dance Marathon Virtual Engagement: Ideas should focus on new tools and resources that will help programs inspire and engage their constituents (participants, donors, alumni, etc.) in support of local CMN Hospitals.

  5. Dance Marathon Event Experience (physical, on campus events): Ideas should focus on creating memorable experiences in local communities through Dance Marathon events that benefit local CMN Hospitals.

  6. Blue-Sky Innovation: The Dance Marathon community is one of the most creative and resourceful student communities to be reckoned with. If you have an idea that doesn’t fit into one of the above categories, place it within the Blue-Sky Innovation category!

Subject Matter Experts

These are the Subject Matter Experts that will be judging the top 15 and will be available to help you develop your idea before presenting at DMLC 2020! These experts come from all over the charity industry and will work closely with you/your team and help you take your idea to the next level!


Laurel Moorhouse       matt glass       Lou Adducci      

Sarah Nathan

Laurel Moorhouse

VP, Ideation at CMN Hospitals



Matt Glass

Partner, Chief Creative Officer at Eventage



Lou Adducci

Director, Community Manager Extra Life



Sarah K. Nathan, PhD

Associate Director,The Fund Raising School at IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


               mike murphy        



Bill Mattera

Director of Residential Life and Education at Louisiana State Univerity, Experienced Dance Marathon Campus Advisor


Mike Murphy

Owner and Executive Vice President at Event360

How the Judging Works

A panel of CMN Hospitals Dance Marathon employees will review every idea submitted to this site and select the top 14 based off of the #1 priority- Innovative.


The top 14 ideas will be presented during the Community Feedback stage for YOU to provide comments on your favorites. The idea with the most upvotes* will be automatically entered into the top 15.


The top 15 will be judged by our SMEs made up of industry and Dance Marathon experts, resulting in a final 4. These ideas will further develop their idea and create a video presentation sharing their idea. These presentations will be shared at DMLC and a panel of judges will complete a final scorecard utilizing the below results.






Reflects a creative and innovative approach


Solves a Problem

Represents a viable solution to a real problem


Easy to Use/Implement

Provides an intuitive user interface and experience



Provides an easily understood value



Has the potential to scale and scale quickly


Technology Driven

Leverages a variety of technologies in an unique way

*final determination to be made by CMN Hospitals staff if needed

Community Statistics
4 Proposal Submissions
117 Votes
473 Users
Proposal teams can leverage the following resources to enhance proposals and strengthen the chances of winning:

For Proposal Submissions

Business Model Canvas

Value Proposition Canvas

Business Environment Canvas


For Pitch Presentations

Pitch Deck Template

Contact Us

Have questions?

Contact the web manager -

Kyton Sweat -


 The Dance Marathon team -

Kayla Rogers -