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MakeMIT is an engineering makeathon that brings together over 250 students who are passionate about designing and building. Across 18+ hours, groups of makers work together to develop an idea and materialize it through the engineering design process.

Come meet other enthusiastic makers, work with cutting edge technology, and turn your crazy ideas into reality!

Past Projects

Schedule

Saturday

Registration + Breakfast

Opening Ceremony

Hacking Begins

Lunch

Dinner

Heavy Tooling Closes

Hacking Pauses

Sunday

Hacking Resumes + Breakfast

Hacking Ends

Judging Period

Top Teams Present

Winners Announced + Closing Ceremony

End of MakeMIT 2020!

FAQ

Logistics

How does it work?

Over a 19 hour period, you’ll work in a team of 3-5 hackers to make anything your heart desires! We’ll provide you with a bunch of prototyping resources and lots of food to keep you fueled. At the end of the night, we’ll have a judging period to choose the winners of MakeMIT 2019.

What's the expo?

Right 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! Anyone not participating is encouraged to stop by to enjoy some snacks and check out all of the cool projects.

What hardware will be available?

There will be a fleet of 3D printers, laser cutters, Arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s, and much more. If there’s something you want to see, feel free to send us an email and we’ll see what we can do!

Can I keep what I make?

Generally, yes! However, some components will need to be returned at the end of the event.

What should I bring?

You’ll need your student ID to check in and we recommend that you bring a laptop. If you’d like to bring something off-the-shelf that we are not providing, make sure to shoot us an email!

Can I hack all night?

No. Our venue closes between midnight and 7 AM Sunday, so you should get some sleep. If you are a non-MIT hacker who needs a place to sleep, we will provide you with an MIT host for the night.

Eligibility

Who can attend?

All undergraduate students are welcome. While we aren’t accepting graduate students as makers, we would love to have graduate students as event volunteers! Contact us to get involved.

I'm a beginner. Can I still apply?

Absolutely! We encourage makers of all levels to come build and learn! We’ve got tons of mentors and we really focus on catering to newcomers’ needs by providing tutorials and online resources. We are extremely beginner friendly!

What size should teams be?

Teams should be groups of 3-5 people. We encourage you to submit your application after you’ve finalized your team. If you already applied but wish to change your team, just contact us. While we recommend signing up as a team, also feel free to register alone! There will be a Facebook group and time before the event to facilitate team formation for individuals!

Criteria

What should I make?

Whatever you want! You can come with an idea in mind, but we ask that you do not start building or coding anything before the event actually starts. But with whatever you choose to make, do your best to sell your ideas to the judges!

How does judging work?

Judges will base their ratings of the projects on three criteria: functionality, real-world potential, and just plain awesomeness. 10 teams will be invited to present at the end of the expo, and 3 winning teams will be selected from this pool!

Expenses

How much does it cost?

This event is completely free! We’ll provide food and drinks in addition to a plethora of materials and tools for all hackers.

Everything's on us!

Are you providing travel reimbursements?

We have a limited number of travel stipends available for teams facing difficult circumstances. If you believe your team falls under this category, send us one email explaining your situation and why your team should be considered.

Sponsors

Shell - MakeMIT Gold Sponsor
Philips - MakeMIT Silver Sponsor
MIT EECS - MakeMIT Bronze Sponsor