We’re excited to announce the return of MakeHarvard! We are a hardware based hackathon created to empower engineers, designers and innovators. 

Apply here!

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 Description
  5. 1-2min Informational Video

MLH Points

Hackathon Sponsors


Best Overall (1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes) (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.

First place: Microsoft Surface Go
Second place: GoPro Hero 7 Silver
Third place: Amazon Go Plus

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.

Prize: Oculus Go

MakeHarvard Originals

Given to the best project designed purely with what’s given at MakeHarvard with no external materials!

Prize: Parrot Drones

Kids' Choice Awards, sponsored by Infosys (2)

Awarded by popular vote on Devpost! Whoever can impress their fellow makers the most.

Dixie Chemical: Composite Materials Design Award

Recognizes the team that best incorporates composite materials technologies into their design and final product.

Sunstone Circuits: Documentation Competition (2)

For this event, teams will be asked to engineer, build, and document a working prototype. Sunstone will supply an Adafruit ESP8266 Huzzah breakout board, with a connector cable, and breadboard. Teams must use the supplied ESP8266 board in their design.

MassCEC: Clean Transportation Challenge

Develop a physical hack or innovation that will develop a solution for increased EV adoption and EV charging. This can be in the form of automating tasks, identifying and solving problems regarding charging stations, improving the rate of electric vehicle consumption or improving interactions between the house and the electric vehicle.

BMW: Applied AR/VR (2)

The task is to build a shared, connected application of augmented or virtual reality for use on an mobile phone. Teams have free creative expression within the following contexts: automotive design, in-cabin vehicle interaction, or automotive manufacturing facilities. While we strongly recommend the use of AR Kit 2 and can offer mentorship in this avenue, teams are welcome to use whatever development stack they most prefer, including Android platforms.

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard for each team member

Snap Kit Prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Applications are now closed. We hope to see you next year!




Judging Criteria

  • Best Overall

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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