THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS and THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM'S GLOBAL SHAPERS
UNLV SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
October 11th - 13th, 2019
October 11th - 13th, 2019
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Fine Arts and the Las Vegas and Boston Hubs of the Global Shapers—in partnership with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering—present the Las Vegas Make-A-Thon at the UNLV School of Architecture, bringing together art, architecture, business, design, engineering and entrepreneurship students to hack, make and create innovative solutions using programming and rapid prototyping techniques featuring arduino. All making will be done in an open and collaborative studio environment to incubate creative ideas.
This year, the theme will be the Future of Experience Design (XD).
This event is free and open to all UNLV students.
5:00 - 5:30 PM_Doors open.
5:30 - 6:00 PM_Make-A-Thon Launch and Event Overview
6:00 - 7:30 PM_Art Walk 2019 Mini-Lecture Series: “Young Voices on Interdisciplinary Design: Paradigms, Practices, Prospects.”
7:30 - 9:00 PM_Art Walk 2019
*Please check back in late September for the final schedule!
9:00 - 9:30 AM_Check-in + Breakfast.
9:30 - 10:00 AM_Welcome + Introductions.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM_Workshop No.1.
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM_ Make Session No.1 : Problem Mapping + Ideation.
12:00 - 1:00 PM_Lunch.
1:00 - 2:00 PM_Guest Talk No.1.
2:00 - 2:30 PM_Workshop No.2.
2:30 - 3:30 PM_Workshop No.3.
3:30 - 6:00 PM_Make Session No.2: Prototyping.
6:00 - 7:00 PM_Dinner.
7:00 - 8:00 PM_Workshop No.4: Prototyping.
8:00 - 11:30 PM_Make Session No.3: Pitching and Design.
11:30 - MIDNIGHT_Midnight Snack + Break.
MIDNIGHT - 2:00 AM_Make Session No.4: Synthesis.
2:00 - 9:00 AM_Go home/SLEEP.
9:00 - 10:00 AM_Project Submission.
10:00 - 11:00 AM_Breakfast.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM_Reception + Open Exhibition.
12:00 - 2:00 PM_Final Pitch Competition.
2:00 - 3:00 PM_Awards Ceremony + Closing Remarks.
Over the course of 3 days, you will work in teams of 4-5 to create a solution for an issue your group is passionate about. A prompt will be released at the start of the event to guide all projects. We will provide everything you need in order to hack/make—from prototyping resources to food. On the last day, all projects will be mounted for exhibition at the UNLV Architecture Studies Library. Additionally, the top teams will pitch their projects at the Make-A-Thon Pitch Competition + Finale for the opportunity to win various prizes.
After the hacking and making period, we will host a public pitch competition where the top teams can present their projects. We encourage you to invite your friends and family to see what you designed, and encourage non-participants to stop by to see all the projects and meet their creators.
There will be a variety of pre-configured base arduino boards to help with accelerated development. A myriad of sensors and rapid prototyping materials—foam, chipboard, cardboard, etc...—will also be available. Every team will have the opportunity to select what they need.
We welcome all undergraduate and graduate students that are interested in participating, to apply.
Yes! In fact, we encourage students at all stages of expertise to apply. We will have various mentors available to guide and support all the teams. Workshops and Guest Talks will also provide tutorials and introduce online resources to aid in the development and execution of your projects.
Furthermore, every participant will receive a welcome packet with specific instructions and procedures related to the event (such as the hardware you will be using). So, don't worry!
We recommend that you bring a laptop + charger to hack. We will provide everything else that is necessary for the Make-A-Thon, so no significant additional materials are necessary. However, if you have a certain set of tools that you like to use, please feel free to bring those as well.
You can hack/make anything you and your team would like! We will provide a prompt and base boards to help accelerate development, but everything else is completly up to you and your team.
Judges will evaluate the projects and pitches based on their relationship to design (how awesome it is), engineering (does it work), and entrepreneurship (how was it pitched and what is its real-world potential). But don't worry! This event is meant to be fun, and all of the judges understand that everything will have been made over the span of 24 hours. And if you are worried that the judges might not like your project even though students will, fear not as well! Every team will be eligible for a People's Choice Award in which one popular vote winner is selected. There will be more information available during the event.
This event is completely free, and participation includes all meals, snacks, and necessary materials you will need to hack/make with! This is all thanks to our amazing partners listed below!
This event is an interdisciplinary and wide-ranging collaboration between various University of Nevada, Las Vegas units (such as College of Fine Arts, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, and the School of Architecture) and the Las Vegas and Boston Hubs of the Global Shapers Community—an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Born out of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional and global challenges. We strive to drive dialogue, action and change. All event participants will be eligible to apply for membership to the Las Vegas Hub of the Global Shapers.
If you have any additional questions regarding the Las Vegas Make-A-Thon that were not answered in the FAQ above, please get in touch with us via the contact form below. We will reply as soon as possible.
Last year, 70 students from 7 different campus units, along with 30 mentors, facilitators and judges, participated in the first-ever Las Vegas Make-A-Thon. Focusing on the future of food along three tracks (food + health, food + hospitality, and food + data/A.I.), students used Arduino to rapid prototype and ideate. Assembling mentors from Harvard, MIT, and Cornell, along with young entrepreneurs from the East and West Coasts (and here in Las Vegas), 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.
Alberto de Salvatierra is an Assistant Professor at the UNLV School of Architecture where he founded and coordinates the interdisciplinary Global Studio Program, SoA’s first international design studio program; he also co-founded and co-coordinates at-LAS, a new interdisciplinary laboratory. He is also Founder and Principal of PROXIIMA, and former Curator of the Las Vegas Hub of the Global Shapers Community—an initiative by the World Economic Forum based in Geneva, Switzerland. A polymath, architectural designer, and landscape urbanist, de Salvatierra holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and both a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He is the past recipient of Cornell's Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship, Harvard Library's Inaugural May Crane Fellowship, and GSD's Penny White Prize. Prior to arriving at UNLV, he taught ecological design at Cornell University, architecture foundations at the Boston Architectural College, and landscape architecture at GSD’s Design Discovery. This past summer, he was a Visiting Professor at Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO), Mexico's most prestigious university.
Dr. Yvonne Houy is Administrative Faculty for Learning Technology at the College of Fine Arts and an active member of the international Computer Science For All movement through her work as Professional Development (PD) Facilitator for the Code.org Computer Science Principles curriculum. Passionate about providing opportunities for anyone interested in learning computer science, her workshops have gotten rave reviews. Proud to come from generations of European farmers who were creative “Makers” by both necessity and for aesthetic expression, Dr. Houy was Co-Lead Producer of the 2016 Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (B.A) and Cornell University (M.A. & Ph.D.), her dissertation examined propagandist uses of fashion, and resistance to Fascism through fashion. She grows tomatoes in the challenging Las Vegas Valley environment, and practices the gentle martial art of Aikido.
Nicholas Goodman is a Designer at Thomas J. Schoeman, FAIA, a Project Manager at Renewable Envoy and current Curator of the Las Vegas Hub of the Global Shapers Community—an initiative by the World Economic Forum based in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Goodman’s research lies at the intersection of computer technology and architecture as a means of expanding creative potential—and efficiencies—within the building industry. He’s previously worked as a Designer at Bunnyfish, as a Research Assistant at the RTIS Lab, and as a Digital Fabrication Assistant at the UNLV School of Architecture. He enjoys photography and exploring the arid Southwest in his free time.
Carley Pasqualotto is the President of the American Institute of Architecture Students, (UNLV Chapter) an inducted member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), the nation’s largest leadership honor society, and a Global Shaper of the Las Vegas Hub of the Global Shapers Community. Pasqualotto is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Architecture and a minor in Business Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has also studied Urban Planning and Design at both la Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO)—Mexico’s most prestigious university, and at Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Design Discovery. Her work has been featured in various exhibitions and publications. In her free time, Pasqualotto is a Designer and Research Assistant at PROXIIMA and contributor to the Exhibitions, Lectures, Alumni/Global Engagement and Library Committee at the UNLV School of Architecture.
David Douglas is the President of National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (UNLV Chapter) and Designer and Research Assistant at PROXIIMA. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture. Douglas has also studied Urban Planning and Design at both la Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO)—Mexico’s most prestigious university, and at Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Design Discovery. His research analyses design projects from the human scale with considerations of the impact on urban design and urbanism policy. His work has been featured in various exhibitions and publications. In his spare time, Douglas is an avid martial arts practitioner, a videographer for a multimedia broadcasting company, and furniture designer.
Travis P. Allen is an Adjunct Professor at the UNLV School of Architecture, while also a Project Manager + Designer at Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects. He also currently serves on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Las Vegas Board of Directors as the Director of Emerging Professionals. Formally trained in the field of architecture, Travis believes design is a creative process that permeates disciplines and encourages an exploration of experiences. Taking this approach, he has blended his curiosities by working as an architectural/graphic designer, design/art director, video producer/editor and model maker on various projects that cross typologies from hospitality and commercial architectural projects to science and cultural museum exhibitions. Travis is a licensed Architect in the State of Nevada. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from UNLV, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver where he received the Richard Reindel Memorial Scholarship to study abroad in Rome.
Ashley Hairston Doughty is a visual storyteller, explaining personal experiences through verbal and visual language. Much of her practice deals with socio-economic, racial, and gender-based issues, particularly those relating to cultural misconceptions and the development of personal identity. Her distinctive perspective has grown through residing in nine different cities throughout her lifetime, mostly in the southeastern, Midwestern, and Southwestern United States. Although trained as a graphic designer, Doughty’s artwork often crosses multiple media, including typography, illustration, writing, fiber and materials, and book arts. She shares and encourages such art making as an Assistant Professor of Art at UNLV and through her design business and blog, Design Kettle. Her work is included in the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection in Chicago and has received awards from the Caxton Club, the College Book Arts Association and Arion Press. Doughty holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from Washington University in St. Louis and an Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Michael Fong is an Assistant Professor at the UNLV College of Fine Arts. A visual artist and designer from Las Vegas, Fong holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Design from UNLV and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Syracuse University. Coming from a traditional materials background in sculpture, Fong combines material sensibilities with new and emerging technologies. With experience in woodworking, plastics, and ceramics, as well as new additive and subtractive manufacturing processes, Fong has the full gamut of fabrication experience. With experience in working with newer technologies, it was inevitable that the proximity of technology would be absorbed. Most recent pieces involved micro-controller regulated temperatures, Arduino-powered CNC machines, and Python-scripted 3D animations.
Daniel Levine is a curious fellow who always dives wholeheartedly into his many interests. He recently graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where—having been a researcher for the MIT Media Lab—he received a Master of Media Arts and Sciences (Tangible Media). In the past, Levine has worked on assistive tongue controllers for quadriplegics, exoskeletons, shape-changing pasta, auditory feedback systems (that help people learn how to do back-flips), balloon-drone hybrids, and biosensors. He previously received a Master of Information Systems in Connective Media from Cornell’s NYC Tech Program, and dual Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University. In addition to his love of making animations and jumping into artistic space, Levine is an avid gymnast and an amateur pilot.
Samantha Solano is an Assistant Professor at the UNLV School of Architecture and Principal of JUXTOPOS. Her research interests include urbanization in arid territories, immersive representation technologies, and landscape design equity. Samantha aims to empower landscape architects practicing in arid regions—providing valuable, actionable strategies equipped to adapt to the sensitive desert ecologies that are in jeopardy due to rapid urbanization and climate change. At UNLV, she teaches courses in advanced digital media, landscape architecture theory, spatial mapping, and landscape architecture. Solano received her Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and—proudly—her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from UNLV.
Joshua Vermillion is an Associate Professor at the UNLV School of Architecture where is he Coordinator of the Master of Architecture Program and Co-Coordinator of at-LAS. His teaching and research focuses on architectural applications of computational design methods, digital fabrication tools, and robotics and responsive systems. Prior to his appointment at UNLV, Vermillion taught design studios, seminars, and lecture courses at the Department of Architecture at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While at Ball State, he co-founded i-MADE, an applied research + learning institute focused on projects utilizing design, computation, and fabrication. During the spring of 2014, Vermillion was the invited Taylor Seminar Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. Joshua has published and presented peer-reviewed research at ACADIA, SIGRADI, eCAADe, ACSA, NCBDS, and ARCC conferences, as well as the International Journal of Architecture Computing. He co-authored/edited the recently published book "Digital Design Exercises for Architecture Students" with Jason S. Johnson (Routledge, 2016).