The Ideatón is an annual social innovation challenge that takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the context of Festival Epicentro, as an initiative of the the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology of the state of Jalisco (Secretaría de Innovación, Ciencia y Tecnología, SICyT).
During the event, 1000 students aged 15 to 18 were engaged in a maker-led collaborative and co-creative process aimed at prototyping solutions for challenges faced by the local communities.
For the 2018 edition, the event was collaboratively designed and implemented through an international research project between the Education Makers (Concordia University, Canada), UDGVirtual (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico), and the Laboratoire d’Innovation et Numérique pour l’Education (Université Côte d’Azur, France). Education Makers Ivan Ruby and Ben Douek (inventor of Robot-in-a-Can) travelled to Guadalajara. As part of the research project, Education Makers crafted the learning experience for the event participants and collected data on the challenges educators face when preparing for and guiding students in open-ended, maker-led challenges.