Columbia University's annual hardware hackathon.

Saturday, 2/24

12pm - 1 pm Check-in begins outside Davis Auditorium
1 pm - 2 pm Opening ceremony and keynote speech by Alessandro Piovaccari, Silicon Labs CTO
2 pm - 4 pm Lunch and team meetup outside Davis Auditorium
4 pm Hacking begins, hardware available for check-out
4 pm - 4:30 pm Makerspace Safety Training on Mudd 12
7 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner, Carleton Lounge
9 pm - 10:00 pm Cup Stacking!

Sunday, 2/25

12:00 am - 1:00 am Late Night Snack
2:30 am - 3:00 am Insomnia Cookies break
7 am - 8:30 am Breakfast in Mudd Carleton Lounge
11 am Lunch begins in Carleton Lounge
12 pm Hacking ends! Demos begin
12pm - 1:30 pm Judging
1:30 pm - 3 pm Awards, closing remarks, and farewell in Davis Auditorium


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All students (or anyone who has graduated within the last 12 months) are welcome!

How to enter

Register at Columbia students are guaranteed acceptance to MAKECU 2018. 


John Kymissis

John Kymissis
Columbia Professor of Electrical Engineering

Mohamed Haroun

Mohamed Haroun
Manager of the Columbia University Makerspace

James Teherani

James Teherani
Columbia Professor of Electrical Engineering

Mark Mulrooney

Mark Mulrooney
Senior Applications Engineer at Silicon Labs

Hod Lipson

Hod Lipson
Columbia Professor of Mechanical Engineering

David Vallancourt

David Vallancourt
Columbia Professor of Electrical Engineering

Judging Criteria

  • Sophistication of Implementation
    The important thing here is not necessarily the number of features, but how well they’re implemented. How well did you hack together an interesting solution for the interesting problem or challenge that you decided to focus on?
  • Usability
    To what extent did you consider the user in your hack? Did you have time to make it battery-powered, give it some kind of user interface, or think about an ergonomic exterior? Whatever you can think of, make sure you point it out!
  • Technical Aptitude
    Judges will consider the depth and breadth of the skills you applied here. Did you apply analog and digital hardware skills as well as programming? Remember that we have a Best Beginner Hack!
  • Dorm Automation Applicability
    If you are going for dorm automation, tell judges about why your solution is great for a small living space. Think about residents who aren't allowed to make permanent changes if they spice up their lighting fixtures or regulate temperature.
  • Entertainment Factor
    Useful things can be entertaining, but also, hacks for the sake of hacks.