Coming Feb. 2- 5, 2017, to NC State. Your solutions are needed to make a more sustainable world. During this four-day challenge, your team will research, design, prototype and build a new solution that addresses a sustainability challenge. On the last day, community and industry sustainability experts will evaluate solutions and award prizes to the top teams in each category, as well as a grand prize to the overall winner.
Registration is now closed.
Each member of the winning team receives a Desktop 3-D Printer and Starter Kit. The team also wins a consulting session with Aly Khalifa, NC State’s social entrepreneur in residence, and a gift certificates for free fabric poster printing from Spoonflower.
Each member of the team receives a SparkFun Tinker Kit, a $100 Shapeways 3D printing credit and a gift certificate to Spoonflower.
Built on Cloud Prize
IBM has donated $1,000 cash to best cognitive cloud solution that utilizes Bluemix.
Autodesk has donated Space Mouse and digital caliper for each member of team that best utilizes Fusion 360 design software.
Social Media Prize
We’ve pulled together a smartphone bundle of cool prizes for the team that best documents their design journey through use of #ncsumakeathon on social media.
How might we more sustainably use water, energy, waste, transportation or food?
… as individuals?
… on campus?
… in our community, country or world?
What solutions can we prototype using things like…
…3D design & printing?
…the Internet of Things?
Teams: Choose Your Own Challenge
At the beginning of the Make-a-thon weekend, each team will choose a challenge theme/subject to address and narrow in on a specific scale such as individual, campus or community. For example, a team might choose to create a solution that helps individuals reduce personal water use or that helps the community incorporate more sustainable food practices. Need more inspiration? Look at the project ptiches from the 2016 Make-a-thon.
Event Schedule (tentative)
We know you are busy and getting all teammates together the entire weekend can be a bit…impossible. So, it’s recommended that at least one person from the team attend most events, but for the most part, everything is optional. Obviously, the more you participate, the better experience you’ll have. In order for your solution to be judged, the majority of your team must be present for judging on Sunday.
Thursday, Feb. 2
6 – 8 p.m. – Make-a-thon Kickoff (Hunt Library Duke Energy Hall). The road to a winning design starts here. While you enjoy dinner, Eric Henry (CEO of TS Designs) will inspire you with his sustainability journey, Jeff Smith of Autodesk will give you a brief what-you-need-to-know about design thinking, and we’ll have details you need to win Make-a-thon. This is where your team will receive a free t-shirt, reusable water bottle and “maker kits” for the weekend.
Friday, Feb. 3
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Optional: Skills Workshops and Sustainability Expert Sessions (Hunt Library). We’ll have the experts on hand to teach new skills and share data-driven insights designed to help you create an awesome Make-a-thon project (schedule coming soon)
Saturday, Feb. 4
1 – 10 p.m. – Build Day (D.H. Hill Library). We’ll have mentors, food and snacks — the perfect recipe for a winning Make-a-thon project!
Sunday, Feb. 5
Noon – 4 p.m. – Pitching, Judging and Prizes (Hunt Library). You’ve put in a lot of work; now’s the time to show off to industry-leading judges. Come for lunch and then pitch your project. May the best team win!
FAQ’s About Make-A-Thon
Who can participate?
Make-A-Thon is open to any NC State student. Participants will be on three- or four-person teams. Students form their own teams. If you need help finding teammates, a Slack Channel has been created to help participants connect with others looking for teammates. Please use Slack (how to use Slack) or other means to form your team before registering for Make-a-thon. Registration opens Nov. 14 for any NC State student who is a resident of a living and learning village on campus. Registration opens for all NC State students. on Nov. 28.
What skills do I have to have to participate?
A think and do attitude is all that’s required. A true interdisciplinary event, Make-A-Thon brings together students with all kinds of backgrounds and skills. Some code. Some design. Some write. These diverse perspectives and skills will enable unique solutions to campus sustainability challenges. Bring whatever skills you have. Collaboration will take care of the rest.
Do I need to stay the whole time?
No, Make-A-thon isn’t a lock-in and we know that 40 hours is a long time. If you have other commitments during the weekend, feel free to take a break from Make-A-thon. You can stay and leave as you choose, though it’s more fun if most participants participate in most of the event. The big takeaway is this: don’t not sign up for Make-A-thon just because you can’t be there the entire weekend. Talk with your team, divide up responsibilities accordingly and figure out how to carry each other’s loads. It’s good real-world experience. One big request is that at least half of your team be present for Sunday afternoon judging and awards. A lot of planning goes into making this event a reality, and Sunday afternoon is the culmination of a lot of hard work. We want you to be there to be part of the celebration of your creativity.
Are there prizes?
Why, of course! See the top of this webpage for our awesome lineup of prizes: 3D printers, cash, consulting with a leading local entrepreneur and more!
I’m not a coder or a designer. Will that matter?
You don’t have to be a coder or a master of all things technology. It’s likely that someone else on your team may have skills in that area. Plus, we’ll have training sessions on Friday and mentors/experts around on Saturday to help you.
Will there be free food?
Of course! Free food and snacks are on us.
What’s the event entail? Do you have an event schedule?
Make-A-Thon begins on Thursday evening. We’ll have dinner, an inspiring speaker, more details about event logistics, etc. On Friday, you have the opportunity to talk with subject mater experts and experts in tools/techniques/resources that might be helpful for your solution-making. From there, you’ll be off and running to develop your sustainability solution with your team. On Saturday, we’ll block off a huge part of D.H. Hill just for Make-a-thon teams to collaborate, connect with mentors and fuel up with snacks and dinner. You have until Sunday morning to submit your solution for judging. Our panel of industry leaders and other experts will begin combing over proposals beginning after noon on Sunday. You’ll have the opportunity to pitch your ideas to judges and answer questions. By mid-afternoon, we’ll announce the winning teams and start awarding prizes.
How do I sign up?
Online registration will open for all NC State students on Nov. 28. Priority registration is offered beginning Nov. 14 for teams that include at least one student who is a resident of a living and learning village on campus.
Do I have to register as an individual or a team?
You register as a team. Teams must consist of three or four people, and at least two of those people must be from separate colleges within NC State. If you already have a team formed, you will be able to register as a team. If you have a partial team formed (for example, you and your roommate) or it’s just you, no worries. We’ve set up a channel on Slack (how to use Slack) so that you can find others looking for teammates.
What do I need to bring?
A laptop is suggested but not required. A reusable bottle will help us reduce event waste, so if you have one, toss it in your backpack as well.