As part of its mission to remain at the forefront of Miami’s technology renaissance, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, along with MANO and Moonlighter, organized the Great Miami Makeathon, a 3-day design and prototype challenge that took place earlier this month. Centered around technology, sustainability and education, the event brought together coders, designers and tech visionaries to develop functional prototypes that address real-world issues faced by three of Miami’s popular new learning and recreational spaces: the Miami Science Barge, Wynwood Yard and the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora. “The Great Miami Makeathon seeks to show how the creative power of our incredible maker community can be harnessed to help local businesses and nonprofits innovate,” said Ric Herrero, co-founder of MANO. “With this event, our partner venues will crowdsource solutions from local makers to enhance their spaces and create more engaging and innovative user experiences for their patrons while conserving resources.” Winners received the opportunity to work with the event’s partner venues to turn their prototype into a reality, as well as a cash prize and a coveted spot at Miami Maker Faire, which took place at MDC’s Wolfson Campus on April 8 and 9. The Miami Makeathon is just one of the many ways The Idea Center at Miami Dade College is working with local partners to propel Miami’s maker community forward. – AVG
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