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Welcome to the 2023 edition of Makers' Madness.

The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois

Thank you for voting in this year’s contest! The winner will be announced on March 29.

R1T by Rivian

Winner of the 2022 Makers Madness contest.

Chosen by voters from an initial field of 400 entries, Rivian’s all-electric R1T truck has emerged the winner of the third annual “Makers Madness” contest, earning the title of The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois.

2023 Schedule

Nominations Accepted: February 2 – 19
Nomination Voting: February 21 – March 5
First Round (Top 16): March 7 – 12
Second Round (Top 8): March 14 – 19
Final Round (Top 4): March 21 – 26
Winner Announced: March 29