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Las Vegas Make-A-Thon

Title: Las Vegas MaKE-A-tHON
Location: lAS vEGAS, nv
Date: 2018
Client: uNIVERSITY OF nEVADA, lAS vEGAS
Project Type: eVENT
Program: DESIGN CHARETTE + PITCH cOMPETITION
Narrative (Synopsis):

This fall (October 19-21, 2018) the UNLV School of Architecture co-hosted the Las Vegas Make-A-Thon, a new and free event open to all UNLV students organized by the Las Vegas Hub of the Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

Assembling mentors from Harvard, MIT, and Cornell, along with young entrepreneurs from the East and West Coasts (and here in Las Vegas), this was an interdisciplinary experience bringing together art, architecture, business, design, engineering, entrepreneurship and hospitality students to hack, make and create innovative solutions using programming and rapid prototyping techniques featuring arduino. All making was done in an open and collaborative studio environment to incubate creative ideas. This year, the theme was the future of food along three tracks: food + health, food + hospitality, and food + data/A.I. 

This was a collaborative campus endeavor between the UNLV School of Architecture, the Department of Art at the UNLV College of Fine Arts, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, the MBA Programs at the UNLV Lee Business School, the UNLV Architecture Studies Library, and the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. The event also had support from at-LAS, Culinairy Labs, EM Labs, Startup Tree, PROXIIMA, Neighbors Cafe, International Marketplace, Sin City Cupcakes, WAKU Herbal Tea, the UNLV Epicurean Society and AIAS Las Vegas.

In short, the event was a weekend of excellent programming built on interdisciplinary learning where student participants were connected to a rich array of resources while positioning UNLV as a fertile laboratory capable of producing viable solutions for the benefit of humanity, both local and global, in an age marked with scarcity, uncertainty, and growth.
You can find more event pictures here.

Student prototypes:


Collaboration with THE lAs Vegas Hub of the Global Shapers Community, at-LAS and Culinairy Labs
Organizers: Alberto de Salvatierra, Michael Raspuzzi
Mentors: Travis P. Allen, Claudia Andracki, Ashley Hairston Doughty, Michael Fong, Dr. Yvonne Houy, vincen Kwan, Daniel Levine, Manvitha ponnapati, Nidhi Sharma, Cole Skaggs, Samantha Solano, Joshua Vermillion
Facilitators: Andrew Carrillo, Anabel Chavva, Paola Chire-Ortiz, Jesse Decker, Bryan Kerstetter, Thomas Mccarroll, Spencer Norman, Kyle Saca, Jacquelyn Sertic, Alexis Wallace
Judges: Glenn N. P. Nowak, Dr. Janet Runge, Lisa Song Sutton, Jonathan Torn
Post-Event Mentors: Lauren Abda, Dr. Sean J. Cheng, Peter Cortle, Nicolas Estrella, Juan Giraldo, Adam Salmone
Photography: Michael raspuzzi
Special thanks to: Steven Baskin, Johan Bjurman Bergman, Dr. Grzegorz Chmaj, Angela Gratreaks, Daniel Ortega, Cesar Prietto, Bozhanka Vitanova
Film By: Cole Skaggs