6 hours aimed at solving a real world challenge.

January 26th, 2019 at Edina High School


SPARKATHON is a one-of-a-kind design-thinking event where students work in small teams to learn about a specific real-world problem and then use their creativity and teamwork skills to generate solutions.


Judges will select the best solutions. The actual real-world problem will be revealed at the event.


Think hard. Eat yummy food. Earn prizes. Make friends.

Learn a Valuable 21st Century Skill for College & Career


is an extremely useful method for solving complex real-world problems.

It is taught at Stanford, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, Brown, Claremont Colleges (Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Scripps, Pomona), MIT, Princeton and other fine colleges and universities.


is used at many of the most progressive and successful corporations such as Apple, Google, Intuit, Tesla, Fidelity, and IDEO. In fact, IDEO popularized it. These corporations like to hire students with Design-thinking experience.


will be used at SPARKATHON Edina. Come learn this extremely valuable skill.




We are most grateful to Dr. Oyebode Taiwo, Medical Director at 3M, for arranging for 3M's generous sponsorship of SparkathonEdina.


The 3M Company is an American multinational conglomerate corporation operating in the fields of industry, health care, and consumer goods. The company produces a variety of products, including adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fire protection, personal protective equipment, window films, paint protection films, dental and orthodontic products, electronic materials, medical products, car-care products, electronic circuits, healthcare software and optical films.The company has 91,000 employees and has operations in more than 70 countries.

Performix is a boutique custom software provider based in Edina, Minnesota since 1997. They focus on areas such as Internet of Things; Cognitive Computing and Artificial Intelligence; Smart Chatbots and other natural language processing applications; advanced techniques such as Machine Learning and deep learning for analytics or business-transforming applications; blockchain and other Fintech technologies; and various aspects of Cloud Computing such as hybrid clouds, containerization, micro-services, and Hadoop/Spark based applications.




1) Why should I participate?

Food. Fun. Friends. Prizes.

Make friends while solving a real-world problem. Yummy food and drink. $$$ gift cards as prizes. And it's free. What's not to like?

Recognition for College Admission and Scholarships

Participants who generate the best solutions will be featured here on the Sparkathon website with your name, photo, biography and your winning idea.

2) Do I need to be a student at Edina High School to participate?


3) Do I need to have a team ready or can I join by myself?

It's totally fine to come by yourself! At the event, we will assign you to one of the teams. 

You can also bring a team of friends between two to five people. 

4) What should I bring?

Bring your brains! You'll be doing a lot of creative thinking. Also bring your laptops.

Parii Bafna

As a Junior at Edina High School (EHS), I am committed to making our school a vibrant, nurturing and diverse community. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to make meaningful and lasting changes in our world and thus, I am launching SPARKATHON Edina. Join me at this fun, exciting, and challenging event.

Phoebe Taiwo

Outreach Manager

I am so glad to take part in this event! I believe SPARKATHON will make a real difference to our high school’s atmosphere. Throughout my time at EHS, I’ve striven to make our school a cohesive place, while exposing the student body to diverse perspectives. Hence, I am so proud to be on the team, because I know through our proactive collaboration (and Chipotle!), we can do just that.

Lindsey McKhann
Event Coordinator 

Edina High School is a uniquely complex place with a vast array of opportunities, activities, and people - SPARKATHON is a place where this diversity is celebrated, and I feel very grateful to be a part of it. I look forward to a great Saturday full of energy, community building, and inspiration. See you there!

Isabel Melton
Event Coordinator

I am so excited to be a part of this amazing event. SPARKATHON is a great opportunity to practice creative and collaborative thinking with peers, skills much needed for the future. I know that Edina High School is full of vibrant and hardworking students that will make this event that much more rewarding. I am so proud to be on this team of amazing women collaborating to create such a wonderful experience for Edina students.

Need more details? Contact us!

We'd love to hear from you and will reply within 24 hours of contact.

© 2018 | Parii Bafna & Fabian Fernandez-Han