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Exploring Bentonville's Great Outdoors: Introducing Our Local Sponsors

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

Nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and tech aficionados, get ready to embark on a journey into the heart of Bentonville's outdoor wonders! We are thrilled to announce that the upcoming Bentonville challenge is all about embracing the great outdoors and pushing the boundaries of innovation. This event wouldn't be possible without the support of our incredible local sponsors who share our passion for nature and technology. Let's dive into the details and meet the sponsors who are making this event possible.

Bentonville: The Natural State's Outdoor Playground

Nestled in the heart of Arkansas, Bentonville is fondly referred to as "The Natural State." With its breathtaking landscapes, lush acres of forests, pristine lakes, and meandering rivers, Bentonville offers a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're a hiker, cyclist, water sports lover, or simply someone who enjoys soaking in the beauty of nature, Bentonville has something to captivate everyone's heart.

From September 8th to 10th, 2023, Bentonville will be buzzing with energy as the NWACC Integrated Design Lab hosts a one-of-a-kind challenge. Sponsored by none other than T-Mobile, a leader in cutting-edge technology with a strong emphasis on 5G, this challenge will fuse the wonders of the outdoors with the power of innovation. Teams from around the Northwest Arkansas region will come together to tackle the challenge.

The Challenge Category: Embracing the Great Outdoors

The challenge will revolve around harnessing technology to enhance and preserve the natural beauty of Bentonville and its surroundings. Teams of 2 to 4 members will brainstorm, collaborate, and innovate to create solutions using 5G that benefit both the community and the environment. It's a unique opportunity for tech enthusiasts to make a lasting impact on the world we live in.

Lights, Camera, Innovation!

But that's not all – this challenge is no ordinary event. It will be filmed as an episode for Season 7 of Make48 on the This Old House Makers Channel, bringing the spirit of innovation and the beauty of Bentonville's outdoors to a national audience.

Meet the Local Sponsors

None of this would be possible without the unwavering support of our local sponsors. Let's take a moment to acknowledge the organizations and brands that are making Bentonville's outdoor-tech fusion a reality:

  • T-Mobile: The driving force behind the challenge, T-Mobile's commitment to 5G technology aligns perfectly with the innovative spirit of the event.

  • OZ Brands: A local powerhouse, OZ Brands is dedicated to creating a positive impact on the community and the environment.

  • University of Arkansas: A hub of knowledge and innovation, the University of Arkansas is an integral part of the event.

  • Delta School: A model for teaching and learning in a culture of continuous innovation, challenge and growth.

  • Heartland Forward: With a vision to create economic prosperity in the heartland of America, Heartland Forward's support is invaluable. Their dedication is a testament to their belief in the event's potential.

  • Greater Bentonville Area Chamber Commerce: Aiming to foster growth and progress, this chamber plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of Bentonville.

  • Outdoor ECOM: Passionate about the great outdoors, Outdoor Ecom brings a unique perspective to the challenge.

  • Plug and Play Northwest: Tech innovation knows no bounds with Plug & Play's involvement.

  • NorthWest Arkansas Community College: Hosting the event, NWACC's support ensures its smooth execution.

  • Visit Bentonville: Your travel guide to Bentonville. Visit Bentonville is playing a pivotal role in stimulating the local economy, enhancing cultural landscape and fostering a vibrant atmosphere.

  • The Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce: Members, both local and national, are invested in strengthening the economy by helping drive job creation, community experiences, and bring meaningful change to the community of Bentonville.

  • Rick's Bakery: Keeping our participants fueled and energized with delicious treats.

The journey doesn't end when the challenge does. We're fortunate to have year-round support from companies and brands that share our vision for a better future:

As we gear up for this exciting event that seamlessly marries technology and nature, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every sponsor. Without them, the Bentonville challenge would remain a dream.

Stay tuned as we dive deeper into the challenge details, get to know the participants, and explore the innovative solutions that emerge from this fusion of technology and the great outdoors. It's a journey worth taking, and we can't wait to have you with us every step of the way. If you’d like to get involved in the Bentonville competition visit

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