MakeMIT

We are a hardware hackathon.

February 28th, 2015

Lobdell Hall - MIT

About MakeMIT

A hardware hackathon promoting innovation that is geared towards those who are excited and passionate about designing and building. Over 200 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.

18

Hours

+

200

People

+

50

Teams

+

$5000

In prizes

Sponsors

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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 protoyping resources and lots of food to keep you fueled. The top teams from the first weekend will be invited back for a second round -- this time with machine shop access.

Who can attend?

All undergraduate students are welcome. Unfortunately, we are not accepting graduate students for this year's event.

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?

This year we’re holding a registration lottery. You must submit a lottery application before February 6th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST, after which we will randomly select hackers to admit. Once you are chosen, you may finish your registration profile. The admissions lottery will operate on a rolling basis; you will have a week to accept your spot once you are lotteried in.

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 specifiy each other in your application. If you don't have a team, don't worry! Go ahead and register. We are organizing SparkBoard to in order to create, join, or discuss projects and will release it soon. By the time the hackathon rolls around, everyone will expected to have a team preformed or organized on Sparkboard.

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 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!

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

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

MakeMIT 2015

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