What you get out of What The Hack:
- Bring crazy ideas to life
- Learn to use advanced prototyping tools such as CAD modelling software, laser cutters and 3D Printers
- Further develop on your ideas after the Hackathon with The MIT+SUTD Design Odyssey Programme
- Network with our sponsors!
Come solo or come as a team! Gather your fellow hackers into a team or come down and form teams on the day itself! Your team can have a maximum of 4 members. Alternatively, you can go at the themes solo too! Who knows? You might be able to win a prize all by yourself!
How to approach the themes:
- Themes are not mutually exclusive, you can combine as many themes as long as you can make an argument for your idea
- Themes are open to interpretation and can have multiple meanings
*NB. The Organizer reserves the right to adjust, remove, or add prizes anytime before the hackathon due to sponsorship availbility or for any other reason
- 3D Printers
- Laser cutters
- Fabrication Equipment like saws, sanders, etc
- Protoyping Materials like Acrylic and Cardboard
You can bring whatever other materials you need to prototype your idea
Take a break from hacking to amp up your productivity. Pick up a new skill during your downtime with these quick, 45 minute workshops! Subject to interest and a minimum number of attendees*, we'll have the following optional workshops interspersed with your hacking time:
- Stuck trying to come up with an idea? The Design Odyssey team will give you a primer on SUTD's design curriculum to get those creative juices flowing!
- Learn from the best - our speaker Agrim Singh has won 17 hackathons in less than 4 years!
- Want to get into smart devices and home automation, but know nothing about electronics prototyping? SUTD's own branch of IEEE has got your back! This workshop will help you get your hands dirty with microcontrollers!
- Need to rapidly prototype but not sure how to work those 3D printers we're providing? We'll walk you through the basics so that you can bring your designs to life!
- Wondering where to get great datasets to visualize and interpret in your project? Come on into the Open Data workshop, where we'll show you great sources and walk you through how to get what you need from their APIs!
Idea Into Startup
- So you hack like madpeople, make something cool and have a ton of fun. What's next? SUTD's very own Startups Club shows you what action to take to turn your hackathon MVP into a real-life startup!
*NB. The Organizer reserves the right to cancel any of the above workshops at its sole discretion, if the number of attendees for the workshop does not meet a minimum number to be fixed at or for any other reason
|Sat||0900 - 1000||Registration|
|Sat||1000 - 1100||Briefing|
|Sat / Sun||1100 - 1100||Hacking|
|Sun||1100 - 1300||Move to exhibition location (ISH/MPH)|
|Sun||1300 - 1400||Lunch|
|Sun||1400 - 1600||Judging|
|Sun||1600 - 1700||Exhibition while scores are collated|
|Sun||1700 - 1800||Winners announced and prizes are given out|
|Sat||1115 - 1230||Design Thinking|
|Sat||1115 - 1230||3D Printing|
|Sat||1415 - 1500||Arduino|
|Sat||1515 - 1600||Open Data|
|Sat||1700 - 1800||Idea Into Startup|
|Sat||2115 - 2200||Hacking Hackathons|
The HEAD Foundation (THF) is a charitable organisation set up in 2013 in Singapore to contribute to the development of Asia. As a think-tank, THF focuses on issues around human capital, education, leadership and sustainability. With an in-house research and project management team, THF supports researches and social initiatives related to these issues. The Foundation also partners with like-minded global and regional experts and institutions to advance their common goal of empowering Asia’s development through education and human capital development.
Yes, this hackathon is free. All that we ask of you is for you to come down on the day itself!
This competition is open to anybody 13 years old and above as at the date of the competition. Anyone below 18 years old will require his/her parent’s consent to participate in the competition. Please print out the consent and indemnity form which can be found here for your parent’s signature and bring it on the day of the competition.
It means that you can decide how you want to argue your stance. An example would be interpreting space as Outer Space (rockets, moon, planets) or Space in an architectural sense (A space we live in)
4 members maximum.
If you are taking public transport, you can take bus 2 and 24 from Tanah Merah MRT and bus 5 from Simei
If you are driving, you can park in SUTD's basement carpark
Things like your laptops or any materials that you will need to create your prototype. We will provide basics like arduinos and some sensors to prototype your idea with.
Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of the Competition with regards to IP. You can download the Terms and Conditions here .
No Worries, the point of What The Hack is to learn and to use what you have learned to create something. We will be holding several workshops for beginners to learn more about fabrication techniques and how to use the machinery provided during the hackathon!
For any queries or clarification, please feel free to drop us a email at email@example.com
Yes, you can begin conceptualizing your ideas or planning your approach to the themes before the competition. However only work done on the prototype during the competition itself will be judged.
Participants below the age of 18 will need their parent’s consent to participate in the competition. Thus, they will need to submit the consent and indemnity form signed by their parent/guardian at the registration counter on the day of the competition. For all other participants, we will provide the forms for your signature at the registration counter on the day of the competition itself! You can download the indemnity form from here