We are a hardware hackathon.

February 13, 2016

Lobdell Hall - MIT

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About MakeMIT

A hardware hackathon promoting innovation that is geared towards those who are excited and passionate about designing and building. Over 200 students competed in an 15+ hour prototyping competition on February 28, 2015. The top ten teams were then be invited to come back for a second weekend in order to refine their design.











In prizes


The schedule for our 2016 event is still under development!

Sponsors (2015)

KinomaMIT EECSIntel MasheryNestFacebookIntel MasheryLevant Power
Rethink RoboticsAlphaLab GearTempo AutomationDremelAppleTechnical Machine
AdafruitGrabCADMonographOnshapeThalmic LabsDGF TechRaspberry Pi

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 ten 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?

Sorry! MakeMIT 2015 has already passed. Sign up for our mailing list to be kept in the loop for next year!

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! We will help you discuss projects and organize a team.

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 2015 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!

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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