During Summer 2018, the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) - an education and workforce development nonprofit - piloted a teacher externship program that introduced three high school teachers to the booming design and tech sector in Boston.

As a culmination of the externship, the teachers partnered with the PIC and IDEO CoLab to organize a Makeathon for high school students. Thirty-two students from seven different Boston public high schools participated in the Makeathon with a guest appearance from the MA Secretary of Education.