Contest Rules and Procedures

  • The contest will begin on February 4, 2020 with nominations available at
  • Nominations will be accepted from February 4, 2020, through 11:59 p.m. on February 23, 2020.
  • Products receiving the most votes (top 16) in the First Round Voting will advance to a seeded, bracketed contest.
  • The Makers Madness Awards Luncheon will be hosted in Springfield on Wednesday, April 1 at the Governor’s Mansion. The top 16 products will be honored with recognition with each manufacturer receiving two seats at the luncheon. Companies producing the final four products will each receive a complimentary table.
  • The winner of Makers Madness – The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois will be announced at the April 1 luncheon.
  • The overall winner will receive:
    1. Award recognizing Makers Madness – The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois
    2. A written article about the company and product on
    3. A feature article about the company in the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association The Illinois Manufacturer
    4. Company celebration with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and filmed interview with IMA President & CEO Mark Denzler.


Nomination Period  |  February 4 – February 23
Nomination Voting  |  February 26 – March 8
First Round (Top 16) Announced  |  March 10
First Round Voting  |  March 10 – March 15
Second Round Announced  |  March 17
Second Round Voting  |  March 17 – March 22
Final Round Announced  |  March 24
Final Round Voting  |  March 24 – 29
Winner Announced  |  April 1

Nomination and Voting

  1. Any product made in Illinois may be nominated for Makers Madness – The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois. There is no limit on the number of products that a person may nominate.
  2. The product must be made in Illinois. The manufacturer’s headquarters does not need to be located in Illinois.
  3. Nominations must include the name of the product, the name of the manufacturer, link to the product/manufacturer’s website, and a photo of the product, along with the name, email, and telephone number for the person making the nomination. The nominator’s name will not be made public but may be used for verification or follow up information.
  4. Nominations must be made at Written, emailed, or other nominations will not be accepted.
  5. Products nominated can be from any sector of the manufacturing industry.
  6. A company can have multiple products nominated for Makers Madness but only one product per company will be allowed into the First Round (Top 16). If a company has more than one product in the top 16 after the Nomination Voting round, the product with the highest vote total will be that company’s sole entry into the First Round.
  7. Voting during the Nomination Round will occur February 26 through March 8, 2020, with the ability to vote for up to five (5) product entries per day. Multiple votes may be cast per product during the Nomination Round.
  8. In the First, Second, and Final Rounds, a voter may vote in each bracketed contest once per day. There are eight head-to-head contests in the First Round, four head-to-head contests in the Second Round, and one Final Round contest with four contestants.
  9. During the First and Second rounds, the product with the most votes in each seeded, bracketed contest will advance to the next round. The product with the most votes in the Final Round will win the title of Makers Madness – The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois.
  10. Votes will be tabulated and confirmed by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association at the conclusion of each round before winners are announced.
  11. The number of votes will be reset at the beginning of each round.
  12. Products nominated are subject to qualification verification by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. In case of an invalid nomination, the IMA will make every effort to contact the nominator for additional information.
  13. The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association will contact all companies with products nominated for Makers Madness for every round of voting.