The 2021 Make-A-Thon is a virtual event coming January 29-31, 2021. Registration is now open for the event and will close Jan. 22, 2021. Register your team today!

Impactful Ideation. Rapid prototyping. Real-world teamwork. That’s the NC State Make-A-Thon experience.

Students compete in teams to create the best solution to a sustainability challenge. Whether it’s about water, waste, energy, transportation or food — that’s up to you and your team to decide.

At the end of the competition, you will pitch your idea to judges from the community and local companies. And, yes, there are prizes for the winning teams: $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place.

Participants talk about Make-A-Thon — what to expect and why it’s worth it

Community Engagement

The magic of Make-A-Thon happens when our student teams connect with community members. Sign up to mentor students for a couple hours or to judge the teams' prototypes.


The 2020 NC State Make-A-Thon is brought to you by the following hosts and sponsors. Interest in sponsoring? Contact Chester Miller at for more information about sponsorship of the 2021 event.

Previous Winners