Welcome to Harvard College's 24-hour Makeathon!  Join students from around the globe and design, prototype, and pitch anything you want! 

If you haven't already, read the MakeHarvard Maker Guide-- the guide is your most important tool this weekend. With that said, get making! This year’s event is virtual, but we’re going to make the best of it.

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Prizes

$6,680 in prizes

Best Design

The most elegant, feasible, and deeply-described hardware design. We want to know that, if this was built, it would definitely work. Design submissions can include tests in simulation and accompanying software.

Prize: Apple iPad

Best Pitch

The idea with the most compelling pitch. Prototype design/implementation is not required for this category. Submit your pitch video to devpost.

Prize: Amazon Alexa

Best Software Component

Best software for functional integration with hardware. Standalone software projects can also participate in this category, but hardware-related projects are strongly encouraged.

Prize: Oculus Quest 2

Best Hardware Prototype

The most functional, elegant, and impressive physical implementation, using personal hardware (MakeHarvard will not be providing hardware for this category). Participation in this category disqualifies teams from entering in the Hardware Finals, and reimbursements requests will not be considered. Judging will keep in mind the limitations put in place by the virtual format-- do your best and get creative!

Prize: Nanoleaf Lights

Hardware Finals

Teams without hardware who enter the Best Design category and prepare a specific list of materials required to build their design can be considered for the Hardware Finals. The top 10 design teams who enter this category will be reimbursed for materials used to build their project, and will be judged again 2 weeks later on their builds for more prizes. See MakeHarvard Maker Guide for detailed information.

Hardware finals winner gets: Creality 3D Printer

Maker's Choice Award

Top devpost submission as voted on by makers. When judging time comes around, be sure to vote for projects you like!

Prize: Bose Sport Earbuds

Infosys Most Innovative

Most innovative project as chosen by our Partner, Infosys.

Prize: FitBit Versa 3

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack.

Prize: PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack

Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack.

Prize: Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

Prize: Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino

WHOOP Best Wearable Device

WHOOP Bands w/ Free 6 Month Subscription Awarded to the best wearable device promoting healthy lifestyles and/or activity.

Prize: WHOOP Straps, 6 month subscription

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Participants must be current university students in any undergraduate or graduate program.

We do not filter our applications based on prior experience. Our team will look at applications on an individual basis and make careful decisions on how to make MakeHarvard a great experience for all. Think of MakeHarvard as an opportunity to meet people of all engineering experience levels!

Requirements

To qualify your project for judging, you must submit the following information through Devpost.

  1. Team name
  2. Team member names
  3. Gather.town table number
  4. Judging categories you would like to enter (ex: Best Design, Best Pitch, etc.). See the Prizes section!
  5. 200-word description of your project
  6. 1-2min informational video

Judges

Karthik Deivarayan

Karthik Deivarayan
Infosys

Corey Glickman

Corey Glickman
Infosys

Alok R. Nijhawan

Alok R. Nijhawan
Infosys

Bal Shukla

Bal Shukla
Infosys

Le'Spencer Walker

Le'Spencer Walker
Target

Elaine Kristant

Elaine Kristant
Harvard Active Learning Labs

Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien

Paul Capobianco

Paul Capobianco

Alex Casella

Alex Casella

Jessica Han

Jessica Han

Mohib Jafri

Mohib Jafri

Jay Kachhadia

Jay Kachhadia

Anand Lalwani

Anand Lalwani

Anisha Mittal

Anisha Mittal

Philippe Noël

Philippe Noël

Anna Raheem

Anna Raheem

Chris Reusch

Chris Reusch

Vanessa Sanchez

Vanessa Sanchez

Omar Shaalan

Omar Shaalan

Murali Thimma Selvan Babu

Murali Thimma Selvan Babu

Jesus De Valle

Jesus De Valle

Judging Criteria

  • Check the MakeHarvard Maker Guide for More Information

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