Innovation for good.

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

Make-A-Thon is NC State’s sustainability innovation competition. Collaborating in cross-disciplinary teams, students will research, design and prototype solutions to a sustainability challenge, then pitch their idea to campus and industry judges.

In 2024, the winning teams split $9,000 in prizes, but the benefits of participating in Make-A-Thon go beyond the prizes.

Big ideas require bold thoughts that bridge diverse perspectives. Undergraduate and graduate students representing all NC State academic colleges are welcome to apply.

4 students post on stage with Ms Wuf with screen showing their winning idea behind them from Make-A-Thon at Hunt LIbrary

Tuffy Tumbler Triumphs

Learn more about 2024 Make-A-Thon’s winning team.

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

Make-A-Thon is brought to you by the following hosts:

Interested in sponsoring Make-A-Thon? Contact Chester Miller at for more information.

Previous Winners