THINK | DESIGN | BUILD
September 22, 17 - September 24, 17
madison's first hardware hackathon
THEME: MEDICAL DISABILITY
to create more positive results in others' lives
replace "if only" to "watch me."
9/22/17 4pm - 9/24/17 2pm
grainger engineering innovation design lab:
UW Makerspace @Wendt commons
TOP THREE TEAMS WON $1000 worth of prizes
to continue THEIR projects!
Choose a disability you are passionate about impacting.
(as a team of 4 max. or individually; we will form teams on opening night)
Spend the weekend brainstorming, prototyping, and testing using the state of the art equipment at the UW Makerspace and personalized guidance from experts.
Present your prototypes to the judging panel and win up a $1000 worth of prizes!
*limited space, so register ASAP. You should receive a conformation email within 2 weeks.
**If you are interested in mentoring, please email us at
OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY SEPT 22, 2017
4 PM - 5:00 PM: Matt kressy key note
(open to entire campus)
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM: registration + networking
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM: event overview + dinner
6:00 PM - 6:30 pm: mcburney speech
6:30 - 7:30 : form teams + facilitated brainstorming
7:30 PM -8:30 PM: work time
8:30 PM: end of day 1 @ makerspace
WORK DAY: SATURDAY SEPT 23, 2017
9 AM - 5 PM: WORK TIME WITH MENTORS + food
*MENTOR SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED AT OPENING NIGHT
*breakfast and lunch provided
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM: optional work time
JUDGING AND awards: SUNDAY SEPT 24, 2017
9:00AM - 10:00AM: final touches + pitch practice
10 am - noon: shark tank style judging / continue working + donuts
*time slots assigned randomly on saturday
noon - 1 pm: awards AND CLOSING + lunch
tHE THOUGHT PROCESS BEHIND YOUR SOLUTION:
DOES IT IMPROVE YOUR CHOSEN DISABILITY? IS IT PATIENT-CENTERED? DID YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHAT IS ALREADY AVAILABLE IN MARKET? did you identify a significant need?
tHE QUALITY OF YOUR SOLUTION:
DOES IT CONVEY ITS FUNCTION? IS IT AESTHETICALLY PLEASING? how well does the proposed design satisfy the need? IS IT CREATIVE/ INNOVATIVE?
YOUR PROTOTYPE/ MODEL:
does your prototype effectively demonstrate your design intent? how well does your prototype mitigate risks in your design?
*The judges are well aware of the time constraints and do not expect a prototype that is ready to be sold. Be creative with your time and build the most important/innovative aspects of your solution.
frequently asked questions
do i have to be an engineer to participate?
Not at all! Our mission is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. All majors are welcome :)
is there a fee to participate?
Nope! The event is completely free for all UW Madison students. If you want to use the student shop or the machining room, you will need to get a red pass before the event or have a student worker make the part for you.
what materials will be available?
Basic prototyping materials (arduinos, pipe cleaners, cardboard, breadboards, solder, computers, tools etc.) and the equipment at the makerspace will be available for use. We will send out a comprehensive resources sheet to the teams selected. Based on the projects selected, we will stock up on more specific materials.
can i started working on the project beforehand?
You may solidify the idea and do some background research/ learn new skills. However, you may not start designing, brainstorming or prototyping! Teams will be subject to disqualification if violated.
what is a makeathon
A makeathon is similar to a hackathon but the solutions do not have to be software related.
Its basically the first iteration of rapid prototyping.
Do i need to register as a team?
You may register as a team (3-4 members) or individually! We will form teams at opening night.
do i have to be an uw madison student to participate?
Yes, however, we will host other outreach events that are open to the community!
how does judging work?
Your projects will be judged shark tank style based on design, engineering, market value, and pitch presentation! We will also have honorable mentions such as "Highest Community Impact."
The Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Lab is a community of designers and builders at UW-Madison run within the College of Engineering. Our facilities include a 12,000 ft^2 "Makerspace" with a wide range of rapid prototyping equipment. Largely student run, we strive to empower students and create a community immersed in emerging technologies and focused on creating innovative products. For more information, visit
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) helps steward the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. As an independent, nonprofit foundation, WARF manages more than 1,800 active issued U.S. patents, 1,700 licensing agreements and an investment portfolio of $2.6 billion as it funds university research, obtains patents for campus discoveries and licenses inventions to industry. For more information, visit warf.org.