What is MAKECU?

MAKECU is a hardware hackathon for undergraduates that is held at Columbia University. Last year's hackathon took place overnight on February 25th through February 26th. Organized by Columbia's IEEE student chapter, MAKECU strives to cultivate a stronger hacking culture on Columbia's campus.

Check out photos from last year's event on our facebook page here, and keep an eye out for MAKECU 2018!

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. 25

12pm - 1 pm Check-in begins on the 13th floor of Mudd
1 pm - 2 pm Opening ceremony and keynote speech
2 pm - 4 pm Lunch and team meetup
4 pm Hacking begins, hardware available for check-out
7 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner, Mudd 13th Floor Hallway

Sunday, February 26

2:30 am - 3:00 am Insomnia Cookies break
7 am - 8:30 am Breakfast in Mudd 13th floor hallway
12 pm Hacking ends! Demos begin
12pm - 1:30 pm Judging
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch in Electrical Engineering Lounge
1:30 pm - 3 pm Awards, closing remarks, and farewell in Electrical Engineering Lounge


Who can attend?

Any Columbia undergraduates can come!

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 on the 13th floor of Mudd. Directions to CEPSR can be found here, athough you will need to enter from the campus side. 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 12th floor of Mudd, entering from the campus side. 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:
Arduinos (Mega and UNO)
ATmega328P Xplained Minis
Atmel SAM4L Xplained Starter Kits
3D Printers
Myo Armband
Feel free to bring your own hardware, too! Though again, no quadcopters or RC vehicles faster than 3 mph are allowed.

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