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Students to design smartphone of the future at Music City Make-a-Thon


A velcro-clad Motorola van full of the latest prototyping tools will help Nashville-area students create the smartphone of the future during the Make-a-Thon Aug. 2-4. (image courtesy of Motorola)

Area high school and college students, including a group from Nashville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School, will convene on the Vanderbilt University campus Aug. 2-4 for a Make-a-Thon sponsored by Motorola and hosted by the School of Engineering’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems.

Participants will be invited to take apart unlocked Droid Razr Maxx HD smartphones and redesign them with new features.

A velcro-clad Motorola van full of the latest prototyping tools, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, soldering stations and more, will help the students make their designs a reality.

The van will be parked at Featheringill Hall, one of the engineering school’s six buildings. Parking will be available in reserved spots behind Featheringill Hall and in the 25th Avenue Garage on the Vanderbilt campus.

Visit the van Friday, Aug. 2, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vanderbilt is the latest stop in Motorola’s five-month cross-country tour of 12 universities and four Maker Faire events in an effort to help student teams turn hardware- and software-unlocked versions of Motorola’s latest smartphones into their dream devices.