MonkeyBars Spring Build is a Hackathon unlike any Chicago has ever seen. Build is not simply a coding challenge, it is a place where anyone from the hardware hacker to the designer can, with the support and resources from the MonkeyBars team and partners, bring an idea to the realm of reality in just 24 hours.
We have also thrown traditional judging out the window; MonkeyBars gives prizes for being awesome. While we will definitely reward you for building a robot that cures cancer, we believe that having a passion for learning and creating is the mark of a true innovator and, thus, should be rewarded. No cash prizes. If you’re in it for the money, then this Hackathon isn’t for you.
If you live to create and think working on projects inside of a 13,000 sq ft rapid prototyping lab is a dream come true, then we’ll see you at MonkeyBars Spring Build 2013.
The IdeaShop - 3440 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60616
Mentor’s Choice Award Grand Prize
People’s Choice Award Grand Prize
Easter Egg style prizes throughout event
Rules & Guidelines
No prefabricated items or code (if you want to be eligible for the Grand Prizes)
If working on a sponsored team, the sponsor has first rights to the “build,” otherwise any IP automatically defers to the team
No more than six people per team
You must sign a liability waiver form upon entry
No formal judging or presentation during the Hackathon
Bring whatever equipment you deem necessary (As long as its relatively legal)
Tools & Gadgets
The following spreadsheet lists a majority of the gadgets at your disposal throughout the event. Feel free to use them to complete your project! All we ask is you return them at the end of the event if they aren't a crucial component of your project.
Tips & Info
If you don’t have an idea, or a team, come to the hacknights to meet people and consult with us and other mentors
You will be allowed to stay 24 hours and we will have a dark room designated for sleep [but get plenty of sleep beforehand since you’re there to build and have fun, not snore :P]
There will be a Demo Day with formal presentations and judges a week later
There will be five meals each with a veggie option and snacks and beverages throughout the event (You may gain some weight, so watch the intake)
You may have access to a CNC, 3D printer, 3D scanner, and soldering stations
Software & Instructions
You'll probably need this to work some magic.