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TinkerTech Hackathon

Saturday, July 21 2018 at 9:00am - 11:00pm

Event Details:

TinkerTech’s hackathon is a bit more laid back, less competitive, and more interdisciplinary than your usual event–we’re more like a hackafunrun–but the format is similar. The day will start with a presentation of ideas, teams will be formed based on interest and complimentary ability, then we’ll work like mad to create all the code, hardware, art, or music we can by the end of the day. When the dust has settled, we’ll present to each other what we’ve created and select a winner of a TBD mystery prize.


$20 for members and $30 for non-members when registering in advance online or in-person, $25 and $35 in-person the day of the event. This covers lunch and dinner during the event. You can register online here: https://shop.tinkertech.io/products/tinkertech-monthly-hackathon

Approximate Agenda:

9:00am – 9:30am – Arrival & Socializing
9:30am – 10:00am – Presentation of Ideas (3-5 min / speaker)
10:00am – 10:15am – Forming Groups
10:15am – 9:30pm – Hacking / Making / Tinkering
9:30pm – 10:30pm – Presentations / Q&A
10:30pm – 11:00pm – Voting and Winner Selection

Lunch and dinner (including vegetarian options) will be provided onsite around 12pm and 6pm.

Featured Project:

While you’re free to work on any project you choose, each month, TinkerTech will suggest a project if you need help coming up with ideas. The featured project for July is “The Idea Bank”. This would be a website that would serve three groups of people: 1) Those with ideas for things to develop in any domain, but lack the time or expertise to make it happen; 2) Viewers of the site who want to pledge support for the development of a particular project; 3) Developers who wish to submit working code, hardware design, or other relevant information for open source release, in return for the money that has been pledged to that project. This is just the seed of an idea, so hackathon participants who are interested in it may take it in any direction they choose.


Lab stations (includes computer, soldering stations, function generator, power supply, and microscope) are open to anyone attending the event, but ask for help if you’re unsure how to use the equipment.

The 3D printer and laser cutter may be operated by anyone (including non-members) who have taken the safety checkout class for those tools. You will have an opportunity to complete the checkout classes the event. Normal checkout fees of $20 / tool apply.


Any retail components are you purchase for your project during the event are available with a 15% discount.

What to Bring:

We have computer workstations, but a limited number, so if you have a laptop, bring it. If you have any parts, tools, or materials you think would help with your project, feel free to bring them too. Any tools you bring are subject to approval with respect to safety and compatibility with our space (e.g. we don’t have tables that can withstand hammering, our space is too small for loud compressors, etc).

Arriving Late / Leaving Early:

You can come and go as you please, but if you get here late, teams already in the thick of it may be reluctant to stop and get you up to speed. If you plan to leave early, make sure to let your team know at the beginning of the day so they can plan accordingly.

Intellectual Property:

All code, hardware designs, and documentation produced at the TinkerTech hackathon will be made public under the MIT Licence, which allows for free use of that material for any non-commercial or commercial purpose. This only require that those who use your work release you from liability and give you attribution. If you decided to take work that has been done at the hackathon and use it to begin a startup company, fantastic! Only the work done here has to remain under the MIT license. See the actual license here: https://spdx.org/licenses/MIT

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