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Categories and Prizes

The 4 main categories will be the following:
     1. Software
     2. Prototype
     3. Business Plan
     4. Public Service Annoucement

Best First Time Maker: a warded to a team of entirely first-time makeathon participants who learned the most and presented an impressive project. 

  The prizes listed above are subject to change.

2020 Judges

Diana VossDiana Voss
Director of Academic Technologies, CELT

Diana Voss, M.S., is the Director of Academic Technologies for Stony Brook University’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), Division of Information Technology & a Stony Brook Alumn (ISE). In addition to overseeing all academic technology on campus, she is involved with DoIT initiatives, including:  service management, change management, DoIT student employee development, DoIT Internship, security and awareness training (STAWG). When she was a student at Stony Brook, she worked in the SINC Sites, was President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a Peer Advisor, and taught technology workshops for WISE.  


Gary Gary Van Sise
Director, Educational Technologies, CELT

Gary has over 30 years experience at Stony Brook, coordinating many different instructional services. His interests include technology integration, tmedia systems design, and developing solutions to support and improve education and collaboration.  Today, he coordinates the design, installation and maintenance of classroom media systems.   He also directs the activities of the University Television Production Group and acts as an advocate with other campus services, such as custodial and maintenance,  to help improve academic spaces.


judge Danielle Tedesco 
Director of Product Management at  Softheon

Danielle Tedesco serves as the Director of Product Management, specializing in Healthcare Reform and Health Plan Services. Danielle leads and sets the overall vision for Softheon’s  Health Plan Products; shopping & account management, business intelligence as well as back office EDI integration and enrollment underwriting. She is responsible for overseeing a team of Product Owners who are responsible f or executing the product roadmap. She collaborates with the development, marketing, sales, and operations teams to ensure customer needs are met.  Danielle has experience with implementing ACA policies and regulations for 40+ health plans.


2019 Judges 

EktaEkta Rana
Innovation Specialist at iCREATE; Director of InnovateIT 2018

Ekta Rana is an Innovation Specialist at iCREATE where she helped launch InnovateIT and served as its first Director in 2018. She is in her third year pursuing majors in Technological Systems Management and Business Management as well as a minor in Computer Science at Stony Brook University where she is part of the Women in Science and Engineering Honors program and is a JFEW SUNY Global Scholar. Ekta’s passions are technology and education, and hopes to use her skills as a Project Manager to lead efforts that make global impact.




Nicole Crescimanno

Nicole Crescimanno is an organizer, connector, and artist who is deeply concerned about climate change. As the NY State Director of Our Climate, Nicole is working to build a stronger and active group of young climate leaders from across New York State to enact both state-level climate policy, while also developing and strengthening relationships with foundations, individual donors, and key partners. Nicole is a Young Climate Leaders Network Fellow, a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow, and a producer for the web-series Climate Countdown. Nicole has earned her M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University, and her B.A. in Environmental Studies & Studio Arts from Stonehill College. In her spare time, Nicole likes to make art, rock climb, hike, and cook vegan food for her family and friends.

2018 Judges 

Island Federal representatives Catherine Roger and Theresa Maurelli, Gary VanSise, Danielle Tedesco, David Ecker, Narmin Hasanat