What is it?

theCOtoberfest is a festival for makers, creatives, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts. It's a weekend full of events for the curious, hardworking and inventive among us—young and old!





Film Festival with Gourmet Popcorn Bar 7pm - 9pm

At this year’s #theCOtoberfest, join us for our first-ever film festival featuring original short films. Get to know more about each filmmaker’s process in our panel discussion following the screenings, and don’t forget to fill up at our gourmet popcorn bar.




Maker Demos  2pm - 7pm

The Maker Demos will showcase the work of all kinds and ages of makers-- embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it together) spirit. They are interactive glimpses of the projects happening in our community and they answer the question “how do you do that cool thing you do?” Some of the demos will even have projects attendees can try themselves!


CO.STARTERS Showcase 2pm - 7pm

If you’ve been around theCO before, you’re sure to have heard of our CO.STARTERS program equipping entrepreneurs with all they need to see their business ideas actualized. At this year’s #theCOtoberfest, we’re eager to showcase some of our past participant’s finest work and let you know how you can be a part of what they’re doing.

Festival Booths 2pm - 7pm

  • Test out your business idea on the Fortune500 Teller

  • Raspberry Pi(e) alley where you’ll see $35 micro computer projects alongside fruit pies!

  • Get a photo in front of the life-size Our Jackson Home Journal

  • Test out your Escape Room creds at Jackson’ mobile escape room

  • play VR, see a giant robot and more on theCO’s very own Driving Innovation mobile STEAM lab

  • more to come!


#JacksonFamous Pitch Palooza 5:30pm - 7pm

Description: How fast can a crazy business idea be formed? Find out at #theCOtoberfest’s first-ever #JacksonFamous Pitch Palooza. Eight local “celebrities” go head-to-head in our Pitch It game, coming up with their best solutions to crazy market needs. (Think trying to sell hair dryers to gardeners, lunchboxes to lawyers, jewelry to construction workers, etc.)

We’ll do this bracket style with head-to-head competitions-- stay tuned for the list of who’s participating so you can come cheer on your favorites. The competition begins at 5:30pm, and part of determining the winner will be an audience vote.


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See just how much fun you will have: