MLH Official - Spring 2016

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 28th through March 1st. 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 2016!

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. 13

11:15 am - 12 pm Check-in begins in Davis Auditorium
12 pm - 1 pm Opening ceremony and keynote speech by Massimo Banzi: CEO and founder of Arduino/Genuino
1 pm - 2 pm Lunch and team meetup
1:30 pm - 2 pm "Set up your machine" Workshop
2 pm Hacking begins, hardware available for check-out
7 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner, Mudd 13th Floor Hallway

Sunday, February 14

2:30 am - 3:00 am Insomnia Cookies break
7 am - 8:30 am Breakfast in Mudd 13th floor hallway
10 am Hacking ends! Demos begin (open to the public) in 1206 Mudd
10:30 am - 12 pm Judging
11 am - 12 pm Lunch in Davis Lobby
12:45 pm - 2 pm Awards, closing remarks, and farewell in Davis Auditorium


Who can attend?

Any undergraduates can come! But it will be useful to have at least one Columbia undergraduate on your team, since only Columbia students are allowed into the Makerspace.

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

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 Davis Auditorium CEPSR. Directions to CEPSR can be found here, though 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
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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