We’re excited to announce the MakeHarvard makeathon created to empower engineers, designers and innovators.

MakeHarvard was founded upon a belief of the importance of a collaborative maker experience. We’re encouraging students to turn concepts into reality by providing them with a platform to envision their new ideas within teams and model a cohesive product using Computer Aided Design software – to turn engineering design platforms into a canvas for their wildest ideas.


Any undergraduate student over the age of 18!

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!


To submit your project, you must submit the following things through Devpost.

  1. Table Number
  2. Team Name
  3. Team Member Names
  4. 200 Word Discription
  5. 1-2min Informational Video
  6. MLH Points

Hackathon Sponsors


Best Overall (3)

This project is agreed upon by all judges present as the 3 best projects among MakeHarvard. The winning projects will have performed well in all judging criterias and be an elegant design to an important problem. There will be a first, second, and third place prize.

Most Likely to Become a Unicorn

This project is agreed upon by all judges present as the project that is most likely to get spun off into a startup with $1 billion or more valuation. As such, the winning project will not only be really impactful but also eventually could be monetized and become highly profitable.

Fan Favorite

Each of the nominees for fan favorite gets a chance to present a 3-minute pitch to the entire audience. The winning project is the one that the greatest number of people vote for.

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essentials Kit

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

DragonBoard 410C for each team member

Best Use of Right HandRobotics Takk Strips

Best Reverse Engineering (Sponsored by Sunstone Circuits)

CleanTech (Sponsored by MassCEC)

Best Tech for Transitioning through a Major Life Event (Sponsored by Fidelity Investments)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Applications have been reviewed! Sign up here if you will join us in February!




Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Did the hackers think outside the box and come up with a clever solution that you might not have expected?
  • Depth
    Did the hackers explore all aspects of the stated problem and develop a solution that addresses the entire problem at hand?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Did the makers push themselves beyond their technical limits and exhibit a real willingness to learn new skills through the project?
  • Usability
    Is the finished product easy/intuitive to use? Is it safe and well-designed?
  • Value to Society
    Does the finished product attempt to address a real need in society and/or does it help advance a specific field of science or engineering?
  • Scalability
    Does the finished product have the potential to scale and become “the next big thing”? Can it potentially be deployed to benefit people all around the world? If this product/team became a company, would you invest your own money in the company?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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