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

 

View full rules

Prizes

$1,520 in prizes

First Place, Overall

The team that wins the prize for best overall hack will be awarded 3 Kindle Fires.

Projects in this category should demonstrate maturity of idea and sophistication of implementation. First and foremost, projects will be considered based on how successfully they “hack together” a solution to an interesting problem or challenge. From there, judges will consider usability, design, and technical aptitude in implementation.

Second Place, Overall

The team that wins the prize for second-best overall hack will be awarded 2 Parrot Rolling Spider Drones and 2 Arduino starter kits including DC motors, servo motors, tilt sensors, LEDs and other basic electronic components. Projects in this category should demonstrate maturity of idea and sophistication of implementation. First and foremost, projects will be considered based on how successfully they “hack together” a solution to an interesting problem or challenge. From there, judges will consider usability, design, and technical aptitude in implementation.

Third Place, Overall

The team that wins the prize for third-best overall hack will be awarded 2 Smraza Ultimate Project Starter Kits. Projects in this category should demonstrate maturity of idea and sophistication of implementation. First and foremost, projects will be considered based on how successfully they “hack together” a solution to an interesting problem or challenge. From there, judges will consider usability, design, and technical aptitude in implementation.

Best Beginner Hack

The team that wins the prize for the best beginner hack will be awarded 2 SunFounder Project Starter Kits. This category is designed to allow for beginners to have an equal playing field to earn a prize! Beginner hacks will be judged on the same criteria as the “overall” category. Hackers self-identified if they were beginners at registration and we flagged teams that had majority beginners.

Most Entertainig Hack

The team that wins the prize for the most entertaining hack will be awarded 2 Elegoo 37-in-1 sensor kits. This category is for the hacks that make judges smile.

Best Dorm Automation Hack

The team that wins the prize for the best dorm automation hack will win 1 Myo Gesture Control Armband. Hacks in this category should creatively enhance some aspect of living in a small space where tenants are not allowed to make permanent changes, like a college dorm.

Best Use of Silicon Labs Hardware

The team that wins the prize for Best Use of Silicon Labs Hardware will win Thunderboard IoT kits and other Si Labs merchandise. This category will be judged by a Si Labs engineer.

Most Technically Challenging

The team that wins the prize for the Most Technically Challenging hack will win 2 handheld multimeters. Judges will consider teams that incorporated a wide variety of skills into their project, including analog and digital hardware skills as well as programming.

MLH Prize: Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

The team that creates the Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device will be awarded 1 Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c + power source

MLH Prize: Best Use of Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The team that is awarded Best Use of Amazon Web Services will win $250 AWS Credit.

MLH Prize: Best Domain Name from Domain.com

The team that thinks up the best domain name will be awarded 1 Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit. Even hacks that are completely offline can have descriptive websites!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

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

How to enter

Register at www.makecu.org. Columbia students are guaranteed acceptance to MAKECU 2018. 

Judges

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.