an all women makeathon

Break the mold to make the future. 200 women engineers, architects, designers, and makers join for a weekend of making on September 23rd to 24th at the University of Southern California.

APPLY TO OUR MAKEATHON

Meet incredible mentors and connect with other makers. With your 4-person team, learn new hardware skills and build a project to showcase.

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SCHEDULE

SEPTEMBER 23rd

7:30am Check-In
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Welcome and Opening Statements
10:00am Meet teams + mentors
11:00am Begin Making!
12:00pm Lunch Break and Guest Speaker
1:00pm Build Time
3:00pm Workshops
6:00pm Dinner and Guest Speaker
7:00pm Build Time
10:00pm Day 1 ends, overnight optional

SEPTEMBER 24th

8:00am Build time
9:00am Snack Break
10:00am Workshop on Pitching
11:00am Build Time
12:00pm Lunch Break and Guest Speaker
1:00pm Pitch preparation
2:00pm Pitch Competition
4:00pm Project Expo
5:00pm Closing Ceremonies
6:00pm Makeathon Ends

SPONSORS

We would like to give a big thanks to our sponsors! Interested in sponsoring our makeathon? Let us know at makeathon@sparksc.org


PARTNERS

FAQ

WHAT DO PARTICIPANTS MAKE AT A MAKEATHON?

CAD and Arduino workshops will bring participants up to speed with modeling softwares and electronics used in the product design process. With access to prototyping materials during the makeathon, participants will be encouraged to bring their own projects or participate in the general challenge. Teams will have the opportunity to pitch and demo their finished projects to fellow attendees and judges.

WHY ALL-WOMEN?

Break to Make aims to break down gender stereotypes in STEM and introduce maker culture and entrepreneurship, reshaping the language and culture at hackathon-like events. Creating an all-women event fosters a friendlier learning environment, eventually acting as a springboard for attendees to return as participants or mentors at our Spring Co-Ed Makeathon.

HOW CAN I ATTEND?

Fill out our short application here

HOW CAN I HELP SUPPORT THIS EVENT?

Whether it be leading a workshop or sending hardware for us to hack on, you are not restricted to a sponsorship level, and there are many other ways to support a makeathon besides monetary sponsorship. We would be happy to discuss ways that you can help Break to Make and ways that we can help you! If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at makeathon@sparksc.org.