We are a hardware hackathon.

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Who are we?

A hardware hackathon promoting innovation that is geared towards those who are excited and passionate about designing and building. Over 300 students will compete in an 18 hour prototyping competition on February 28, 2015. Top teams will be invited to come back the following week in order to refine their design.

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people
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18
200+
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$5000+

Sponsors

Our list of sponsors for this year will be updated soon.

FAQ

How does it work?

You'll work in teams of 3-5 hackers to make a product. We'll provide you with a bunch of materials, like microcontrollers, prototyping materials, and 3D printers, and lots of food to keep you fueled. The top teams from the first day will be invited back for a second round -- this time with machine shop access.

Who can attend?

All undergraduate students are welcome. Keep in mind we're unable to provide travel reimbursement this year though!

How much does it cost?

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!

What hardware will be available?

There'll be a fleet of 3D printers from MakerBot and Formlabs, Microsoft Kinects, Arduinos, arLCDs, and much more. Check out the list here! If there's something you want to see but isn't there, drop us a line!

What should I bring?

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 (coming soon!). 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.

What should I make?

Whatever your heart desires. You can come in with an idea, but we ask that you do not start building or coding anything before the event starts. At the end of the day, your product can be anything, whether it's a proof of concept, looks-like-works-like model, critical module, a simulation, CAD renderings, or a prototype. Whatever you choose to make, that's how you'll sell your ideas to the judges.

How big should teams be? Can I sign up alone?

Teams should be groups of 3-5 people. If you have a team, have all your members register and then sign up for SparkBoard. You can use Sparkboard to discuss and share ideas. If you don't have a team, don't worry! Go ahead and register. Sign up for SparkBoard and use it to create, join, or discuss projects. By the time the fair rolls around, everyone will expected to have a team either preformed or made on Sparkboard.

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Contact Us

Questions? Comments? Concerns? We'd love to hear from you.

You can reach the MakeMIT Team at team@makemit.org.