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Announcing the 2020 Dance Marathon Hackathon

5/14/20 Update: The website may have been causing an error not allowing users to complete registration and submission of their idea. This has now been resolved and users should now be able to submit their idea. Reach out to Kayla Rogers at if you have any questions.


Create new and innovative tools 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. Areas of focus include live stream community engagement, cause awareness campaigns, virtual engagement, event experience, fundraising, and better ways for Dance Marathon programs to stay connected to their constituents throughout the year.

Opportunity Overview
Over 300,000 Miracle Network Dance Marathon participants register and fundraise to support local kids each year and have generated over $300M for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1991. As the needs of our hospitals continuing to grow, we’re looking for ways to explore untapped potential by unlocking the Dance Marathon community’s unparalleled passion as this generation fighting for the next.  Hackathon presents the opportunity for the Dance Marathon community to not only help shape the future of the program by sharing innovative ideas, but also to engage with leaders and experts in the fundraising and gaming communities. With your help, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Dance Marathon are ready to Change Kids’ Health and Change the Future.

Key Success Criteria

  1. Dance Marathon Community Engagement: Ideas 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!

Participant Incentives 

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 $1,000 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. These options include:

  • A one time $3,000 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!

How Do I Participate in the Dance Marathon Hackathon? Find out more here.

Submit ideas for the 2020 Dance Marathon Hackathon here. See terms and conditions.

Want to pass this on to your participants to give your program a better chance at winning the donation to your local children’s hospital? Let them know what the Dance Marathon Hackathon is and encourage them to apply! Try spreading the word with the copy we have provided below. Feel free to use any of the graphics located in this folder to help with your promotion.

Do you have an idea that could help Dance Marathon? Do you want to win $1,000 for your children’s hospital? Do you want to impact the future of Dance Marathon? You can do all these things by participating in the DMLC Hackathon idea contest! All you have to do is submit your idea to the website here by May 24. As Dance Marathon participants and leaders, YOU are the experts and your ideas are extremely valuable. This is your chance to share them!

Dear Dance Marathon Family,
This unprecedented time has called for lots of creativity and new ideas across all industries. Now, we have a chance to change the future of Dance Marathon with our ideas! Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is hosting a Hackathon idea contest in conjunction with their virtual Dance Marathon Leadership Conference, and this is YOUR chance to submit any idea your have! You can submit your idea to the website here by May 24. There are some great prizes for the winning idea, including a $1,000 donation to our hospital! This is your chance to share your amazing ideas with the world!