An Innovate-A-thon is a series of collaborative activities for creating something new and better, and putting it to work.
There are three key Innovate-A-thon stages ...
1] CREATIVITY is the process of identifying pertinent issues, then formulating something to address them: a product, service, solution to a problem, process, method, venture, or ??? Creativity is the beginning of the innovation process, but not the end-all.
2] INNOVATION is creating something addressing a particular issue that is not just new, but also better. While "innovation" might have a revolutionary reputation, it has an evolutionary reality. Most innovations are incremental improvements of something that already exists.
3] ENTREPRENEURSHIP is the vessel that connects Innovation and Enterprise ... the process of putting something new and better to work making life better for others.
An Innovate-A-thon typically has a group of participants collaborating together toward a common goal in a predetermined period of time.
Innovate-A-thon creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship principles have been quite useful in a variety of companies, business development support groups, nonprofit associations, universities, and other organizations for developing new programs, products, services, methods, operational models, business ventures, nonprofit organizations, and more.