After 13 hours of brainstorming sessions, workshops, power naps and pitches, 10 teams at the first annual Carolina Create-a-thon produced ideas of how to bring students together.
Daniel Rue, a board member of Carolina Creates, said the Create-a-thon set out to show that everyone has some level of creativity.
“Creativity is like a muscle that you can work out,” he said. “Having this event allows students to practice creativity, get introduced to it and learn other skills like entrepreneurship that can be used in organizations, jobs and in the classroom.”
Claire Hannapel, Alexandria Huber, Gigi Lytton and Mansi Shah won the competition for their idea of creating a UNC Food Lab. The lab would be a community kitchen in places like the Union that student organizations can reserve for meetings.
“We signed up not knowing much about it, and not knowing what the outcome would be,” Hannapel said. “We were just bouncing around ideas during brainstorming sessions about different things that could help different students navigate, and we all kept coming back to this idea of food classes and providing people with the ability to cook for themselves.”