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2018 NYC Make-a-Thon

There is no way to truly explain with words the energy, the community, the dedication and the emotion that comes out of a make-a-thon.

It is what happens when we bring together people from different worlds with different skills and different interests, but a joint passion for improving their community. It is what happens when people have a chance to collaborate and be creative without restriction. It is what happens when we are working with purpose.

We struggle to explain how unique these events are to those that haven’t experienced them, but this amazing video by Kiersten Williams with Make Beautiful gets as close as possible to capturing the excitement of the day without actually being there.

It is no secret that professional, strategic and gorgeous design, technology and marketing tools come out of a 12-hour day, but the community, the empathy and the relationships are what make it special.

Check out some of the work from the event below, or read more in our recap post.


A special thank you to our generous event host, Ceros, for opening up their space to us, serving us beer and wine and letting us drink all their cold brew.

Extra thanks to our generous sponsors GitHub, Linode, InVision, Balsamiq, Sticker Mule, Mindsense and Natalligraphy.

Finally, thank you to NYC Service for helping us find some amazing nonprofits to work with.

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Discussing the way to bridge the gap between nonprofits and the visual design community to create more innovative community organizations.

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Sarah Obenauer

Sarah Obenauer

Founder & Director of Make a Mark. Passionate about using design, creativity, and technology to serve our world.