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About MakeMIT

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 and public exposition here at MIT.











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2016 Sponsors

Levant Power
Levant Power is a venture-backed Boston area startup spun out of MIT in 2009. We are reinventing the future of the automobile.
Our product, GenShock, is a digital ride system that virtually eliminates the perception of road bumps while enabling
unprecedented handling. The software and mechatronics technology has broad application across motion control industries
including aviation, transportation, industrial manufacturing, and robotics.

At Disney, we're storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through utilizing and developing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, products, interactive games, parks and resorts, and media networks. As the global leader in high-quality family entertainment we deliver unparalleled creative content and experiences to audiences and guests around the world.
Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services, and engineered systems. From data center operations to cloud applications, Oracle not only eliminates the complexity that stifles business innovation, but also engineers in speed, reliability, security, and manageability. As the world’s most complete, open, and integrated business software and hardware systems company, Oracle has hundreds of development projects in virtually every technical area. Whether you want to take on tough tech challenges in Big Data or cloud computing, security analytics or engineered systems, or something else entirely, you’ll work with the most advanced technology and alongside people who are as bright, driven and innovative as you are.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We build best-in-class platforms and productivity services for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Our ambitions are to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud platform, and create more personal computing.
MarkForged’s mission is to bring high strength 3D printing to everyday engineering. Offering the world’s only 3D printing systems capable of automatically reinforcing engineering plastics to aluminum levels of performance and beyond, MarkForged enables every business to easily manufacture parts with structural strength right on the desktop. The Mark One Composite 3D Printer™ empowers professional users to affordably create workhorse 3D parts that solve real problems, as well as realize reinforced structures never before possible. MarkForged technologies are delivered with thoughtful, powerful software designed for collaboration, sharing, and scaling.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, the Mac and Apple Watch. Apple’s three software platforms — iOS, OS X and watchOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it. Apple is a place where extraordinary people gather to do their best work. Our community is made up of every kind of individual: artists and designers, engineers and scientists, thinkers and doers. Together we create things and experiences people once couldn’t have imagined — and now can’t imagine living without. So if you’re excited by the idea of making a real impact, a career with Apple might be your dream job. Just be ready to dream big.
Kinoma's hardware and software prototyping solutions help developers, programmers, and designers rapidly create better connected products. We propose that scripting will realize the potential of IoT. And we have developed a powerful and accessible set of solutions centered on this belief. Kinoma’s application framework is uniquely designed to build the core applications of embedded devices using JavaScript, and Kinoma’s scriptable hardware kits are designed for rapid exploration of ideas and iteration. Kinoma is a tightly integrated design and engineering team within semiconductor giant Marvell. Marvell’s chips power everyday electronics, including Google Chromecast, Samsung Tablets, and Lenovo Smart TVs.

Since 1974, Sherline Products, Inc. has offered the world's most complete line of precision mini-benchtop manual and CNC lathes, milling machines, and machine-shop accessories for prototype engineering, light-industrial, and home-shop use. Sherline’s modern 66,000 square foot manufacturing facility produces high-quality tools and accessories at a reasonable price. All of our products are made right here in America.
As a not-for-profit research and development company, Draper focuses on the design, development, and deployment of advanced technological solutions for the world’s most challenging and important problems. Draper’s work is challenging, meaningful, and exciting, while the company of diverse colleagues is stimulating, providing a fulfilling career opportunity. Explore opportunities at Draper, as a regular employee or a student, at our headquarters in Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA., or at one of our offices in other states.

Lemelson-MIT MakerBot Autodesk
8020 Particle Adafruit
Facebook Oculus Amazon

Toast 3M Cruise
Mouser KNEX NVBots
Thalmic Labs Alphalab Gear Altium
Coca-Cola RxAdvance NREC

SSG iRobot MakerWorks
Lincoln Labs Modulowo Lyft

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

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.

Who can attend?

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.

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!

Are you providing travel reimbursments?

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.

How do I register?

We're holding a registration lottery. You must submit a lottery application before (TBD), 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.

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

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!

What hardware will be available?

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!

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. 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 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.

I'm a beginner. Can I still apply?

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!

What's the expo?

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.

How does judging work?

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!

I have a question not listed. Who do I ask?

Get in touch with us through facebook, twitter, or email!

MakeMIT 2016

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