JMU Bluestone Hackathon

24-Hours of Innovation

February 21-22
24 Hours to Build Out Your Idea


Friday, February 21, 2020
6:00 pm
Lakeview Hall, X-Labs

Bluestone InnovationX is where you turn your crazy ideas into real stuff. Students of all majors: English, SMAD, Engineering, Art, Business, Health Sciences, Design, Computer Science, Economics, Etc.  gather and build something they’re passionate about; come, dive in, and make the most incredible things you can imagine alongside fellow creators. There will also be mentors, company recruiters from sponsors and free food! You take care of designing. We’ll take care of you.


The conditions of InnovationX are as follows:











Still deciding whether or not to participate? InnovationX has monetary prizes, hardware prizes, swag, and free food! Registration is free and the judging and closing ceremony is open to the public for friends and family to come see your innovations. 


All students are encouraged to participate. We believe everyone has the ability to be innovative.

Our 2019 Sponsors

Why sponsor the JMU Bluestone Hackathon, InnovationX?

InnovationX has a multitude of sponsorship options for local and national businesses - both big and small.

As a sponsor, you get to share your story with students from different backgrounds coming together to build out their idea, showcasing their skills along the way. The hackathon environment provides your company an opportunity to interact, vet and recruit some of the most creative and talented minds from JMU.  


Only the most driven and passionate undergraduates make time in their busy schedules to participate in this 24-hour competitive event. These are the students you want working for you. Any support for our event is greatly appreciated and also comes with marketing benefits! Email Lexy Foor ( if you are interested in supporting the event and learning more.

Food Sponsors



RSVP for our event. See you soon!

All JMU Students

February 21, 6 pm - February 22, 6 pm

Lakeview Hall, X-Labs


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Meet the Team

The University Innovation Fellows (UIF) are proud to host Bluestone Hacks! 
Lexy Foor
Cameron Robinson
Lisa Colelli
Grace Carter
Shea Burch
Poppy Crawshaw
Sabrina Hammell
Logan Frostick
Nahom Fissaha
Michael Zurn
Catie Willett
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When will I Find out the Theme?

All participating members will learn what the theme/prompt of the challenge is at the  beginning of InnovationX

Can I come Without A group? 

It's all good! You can work solo or you can find a new team in one of the group building events we will do 

Do I need to have any skills before i come?

Nope, you do not. You do not need to know how to code or use a drill. IF you do want to learn how to use a new tool UIF members will be there to show you :)

How will I choose My Solution?

You will likely walk through the design process. UIF members will coach you in doing lite research, coming up with ideas, rapid prototyping, and pitching the idea to the judges

Do I Have to Stay All 24 hours?

Nope, you can come and go as you please. People often go home to sleep or go to the craft store to get supplies. We just ask that you only work on your project in Xlabs.  

What If I dont have an Idea?

No problem! Nobody else does either! After you find out the prompt UIF members will help teams through the idea creation process

Will Recruiters Be there?

Yes, recruiters from our sponsors will be there and it is welcomed for you to bring a resume to show them.

Do I have to Bring anything?

We would recommend bringing your laptop for research, headphones for focus, water, and anything else you feel you might want :)


JMU Bluestone Hackathon

Lakeview Hall
298 Port Republic Road
Room 1150

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Questions? Contact

Grace Carter

Shea Burch