Where all your crazy ideas can come to life
Mechathon is a 24 hour hardware hackathon where hackers will have the chance to use their creative minds to solve a theme based problem by utilizing the plethora of available resources to create a working prototype within a limited timeframe and compete for exciting prizes.
Basic workshops on 3D printing, CAD, Electronics and microcontrollers, and workshop skills will be provided to participants prior to the hackathon.
You just need to bring your ideas, we will take care of the rest.
How does it work?
Over a 24 hour period, you’ll work in a team of 1-4 hackers to make anything your heart desires based on the theme that will be disclosed a day before the hackathon! We’ll provide you with a bunch of prototyping resources and lots of food to keep you fueled. At the end of the Mechathon, we’ll have a judging period to choose the winners of Mechathon at Kathmandu University 2019.
What hardware will be available?
There will be a fleet of 3D printers, Lathes, Welding M/C, Milling M/C, Bench drills, Arduinos, sensors, and much more. If there’s something you want to see, feel free to send us an email and we’ll see what we can do! You are free to bring your own hardware as well so long as you verify it with our team before the event by sending us an email at Organizers
What size should teams be?
Teams should be groups of 1-4 people. We encourage you to submit your registration at Eventbrite (bit.ly/mechathon) after you’ve finalized your team. If you already applied but wish to change your team, just contact us. While we recommend signing up as a team, also feel free to register alone! There will be a Facebook group and time before the event to facilitate team formation for individuals!
Who can attend?
All undergraduate students are welcome. If you would like to participate as a volunteer feel free to contact us to get involved.
Are you providing bus service?
Yes, you will be allowed access to the Kathmandu University shuttle bus service to attend the workshops and the hackathon.
What should I bring?
You’ll need your student ID along with your Eventbrite ticket to check in and we recommend that you bring a laptop. If you’d like to bring something off-the-shelf that we are not providing, make sure to shoot us an email!
What's the demo?
Right after the hacking period ends, we will host a public expo where teams can show off their hacks to friends, family, professors, corporate sponsors, and anyone else in attendance! Anyone not participating is encouraged to stop by to enjoy some snacks and check out all of the cool projects.
I'm a beginner. Can I still apply?
Absolutely! We encourage makers of all levels to come build and learn! We’ve got tons of mentors and we really focus on catering to fresher’s needs by providing tutorials and online resources. We are extremely beginner friendly!
How much does it cost?
This registration fee for the event is a nominal NRs. 200 per person. We’ll provide food and drinks in addition to a plethora of materials and tools for all hackers.
What should I make?
Whatever you want! You can come with an idea in mind, but we ask that you do not start building or coding anything before the event actually starts. But with whatever you choose to make, do your best to sell your ideas to the judges!
How does judging work?
Judges will base their ratings of the projects on the following criteria: spirit, approach, technical difficulty, design, social good, and safety. All teams will be invited to present at the demo, and 2 winning teams will be selected as the best overall winners!
Shoot us an email or message us on Facebook!
₹ 30,000 in prizes
Best overall 1st
Best overall 2nd
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Any university student over the age of 18!
Need to register for the event at Eventbrite
Think of Mechathon as an opportunity to meet people of all engineering experience levels under one roof to help and to learn from each other to create something awesome.
Will be disclosed soon
Did the hackers adhere to the spirit of the event which is creativity and resourcefulness to come up with a novel solution?
Did the hackers follow the design cycle to explore all aspects of the problem and develop a solution to address the problem?
Did the hackers adopt proper safety measures throughout the course of the event?
Did the hackers push their technical limits and demonstrate a willingness to learn something new through the project?
Is the finished product easy to use/understand? Is it safe and well-designed?
Does the finished product attempt to contribute in any way for the betterment of the society or help in advancement of the field of science and technology?