The 2021 dates will be announced soon.

Student solutions can make a more sustainable world. During this three-day challenge January 24-26, 2020, NC State student teams research, design, prototype and build a new solution that addresses a sustainability challenge. On the last day, community and industry sustainability experts evaluate solutions and award nearly $5,000 in prizes to the top teams in each category, as well as a grand prize to the overall winner. Have questions? Email us

The Make-A-Thon Experience

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.

All weekend long, we will provide the food and expert mentors to fuel your creativity. On the final day, you will pitch your prototype to judges from the community and local companies. Prizes include: $2,000 to the winning team, $1,000 to the runner up team and $500 to the third place team. Plus, there are prizes for best use of 3D design.

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 2020 event.

Previous Winners