What is MAKECU?

MAKECU is an annual hardware hackathon for undergraduates that is held at Columbia University. MAKECU 2018 will take place overnight on February 24th through February 25th! Log in or register using the link above-- registration is first come, first serve. All levels of experience are welcome, and workshops will be held throughout the weekend. Scroll down for more information, FAQ's, and our sponsorship packet!

We would like all hackers to feel welcome at MAKECU and as such all attendees are expected to abide by the MLH Code of Conduct.



Saturday, Feb. 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
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Arduino Workshop (location TBA)
7 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner, Carleton Lounge
9 pm - 10:00 pm Cup Stacking!

Sunday, February 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


Who can attend?

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

How large are teams?

2-4 people (sorry, no solo hacks!)

Do I have to start my project from scratch?

We want everyone to start on a level playing field. Feel free to come up with an idea beforehand, but please don't start working on it until after hacking kicks off. If you've got any pre-modified hardware and want to bring it, please contact us first.

Are first timers allowed?

Absolutely! We'll have plenty of workshops leading up to and during the hackathon. Starter projects and mentors will also be available! If you're eager to get started, check out these links.

Do I need to know who my team is before I come?

It is not necessary that you already know your team, but it's better if you do! You will also have some time at the beginning of the event to form groups. Once you have your team set, you all need to modify your registration to include your team members' names at makecu.org/login.

What do I need to bring?

Bring your own laptop, charger, headphones, and any additional hardware that you want to hack on that isn't listed below. Come with the Arduino IDE preinstalled on your laptop. You might also want a sleeping bag, toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant. Please don't bring explosives, firearms, drugs, or alcohol. Also, no quadcopters or RC vehicles faster than 3 mph are allowed.

Where is the hackathon going to be held?

Sign-in and kickoff will be held in and around Davis Auditorium. The majority of the hackathon will be held in Mudd, Columbia's Engineering building. If you arrive after 3 PM, you will need to head to the Carleton Lounge on the 4th floor of Mudd. A map to Mudd can be found here.

Is there a place I can park my car?

Parking is free on the streets on the weekends! If you are worried about keeping your car safe, however, here's a list of secured parking lots nearby.

Will travel reimbursement be provided?

Sorry, no travel reimbursement is available.

What hardware will be available?

Here are some of the things we plan to have: Feel free to bring your own hardware, too! Though again, no quadcopters or RC vehicles faster than 3 mph are allowed.

Interested in helping out? Check out our sponsorship packages here.

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