UNC’s Week-Long Makeathon is a creative, cross-campus competition which accelerates innovative ideas into physical and digital prototypes that promote positive social impact.
Students form academically diverse teams of 3-5 members who compete in one of two tracks: digital or physical product development. They have special access to on-campus makerspaces, app labs, workshops, and expert mentors to design, reiterate, and enhance their products, business models, and pitches.
In addition to their prototypes, students will also build a network of peers and community members who are skilled in innovating, making, and entrepreneurship, which will extend beyond the competition.
The Makeathon culminates in a final pitch event where students and other expert judges are invited to vote to give the teams the chance to win cash and other prizes and opportunities.
During Makeathon week you’ll have access to
Throughout the week you’ll have exclusive access to sessions let by content experts in subject areas like design, team building, makerspace skills, coding, business research, lean canvas, pitch practice, measuring social impact, and more!
To complement group sessions in the workshops, teams will be able to sign up for one-on-one sessions with expertise in business, computer science, social impact, data research, and more to work through specific issues to accelerate their project.
In addition to in-person resources, you will also gain access to a library of online resources to help you work towards your goals on your time. There will also be recordings of live workshops available for your review so you won’t miss a thing!
In it to win it
Over $10k in Prizes
Best Digital Product / Best Physical Product / Creative Makerspace Use / Creative App Lab Use / Student’s Choice / Best Overall
In addition to monetary prizes
The top ten teams will have the chance to proceed with:
Carolina Challenge Lab
A 6-week workshop series starting immediately after the Makeathon that will help you develop your business model and perfect your pitch.
Pitch your product to investors on April 11th for a chance at additional funding for your project, up to $5k!
ACC Inventure Competition
One team will be selected to represent UNC at this regional competition on April 16th and 17th and compete for $15k!
Want to get paid to work on your business all summer? And have resources and coaching geared at your venture? We will choose a team out of the Lab to participate in the Launch Accelerator all summer. Up to $5k scholarship funding!