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MakeMIT promotes innovation that is geared towards those who are excited and passionate about designing and building. Over 250 students will participate in an 15+ hour hardware hackathon on February 13, 2016. The top ten teams will be invited to come back for a second weekend in order to refine their design.
You'll work in teams of 3-5 hackers to make anything your heart desires. We'll provide you with a bunch of protoyping resources and lots of food to keep you fueled. The top ten teams from the first weekend will be invited back for a second round to refine their projects.
All undergraduate students are welcome. Though we aren't accepting graduate students as hackers, we would love to have graduate students as event volunteers! Contact us to get involved.
This event is completely free! We'll provide food and drinks, and of course a plethora of materials and tools to hack with. Everything's on us!
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide travel reimbursements this year :( However, if you need accomodations, just shoot us an email and we can help you find a place to stay.
We're holding a registration lottery. You must submit a lottery application before January 29th, 2016 at 11:59PM EST, after which we will randomly select hackers to admit. Don't worry about submitting early -- admission is not rolling. You and your team will have a week to accept your spot if you are lotteried in.
Teams should be groups of 3-5 people. The lottery is not on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to submit your application after you've finalized your team to simplify the process. If you already applied but wish to change your team, just contact us. We recommend signing up as a team; however, feel free to register alone if you don't have one - there will be a Facebook group / time before the event for team formation!
There'll be a fleet of 3D printers, laser cutters, Arduinos, Raspberry Pi's, and much more. Check out the 2016 materials list here! If there's something you want to see but isn't there, drop us a line!
You'll need your student ID to check-in and we recommend you bring a laptop for hacking! You can also feel free to bring in any of the materials that we list. Otherwise, if you'd like to bring something off-the-shelf that we are not providing, shoot us an email. You will not be allowed to bring anything that has not been pre-approved.
Whatever your heart desires. You can come with an idea in mind, but we ask that you do not start building or coding anything before the event starts. We encourage all kinds of ideas, whether it's a proof of concept, looks-like-works-like model, critical module, simulation, CAD renderings, or prototype. Whatever you choose to make, do your best to sell your ideas to the judges.
Don't worry! We encourage beginners to come and learn! We've got tons of mentors and we really focus on catering to newcomers' needs by providing tutorials and online resources. In other words, we are super beginner friendly!
After the hacking period ends, we will host a public expo where teams can show off their hacks to friends, family, professors, corporate sponsors, and anyone else in attendance! Everyone not participating is encouraged to stop by to see cool projects, enjoy cookies, and have a say in the coolest of the awesome ideas.
Judges will base their ratings of the projects on three criteria: functionality, real-world potential, and just plain awesomenesss. Don't worry! This is a hackathon, not a business plan competition, so these three criteria will be balanced equally. Worried that judges might not like your project even though college students will? Every student at the expo will also be able to vote on their favorite projects, and one popular vote winner will also move on to the second weekend!