Red Robot Hackathon
November 3–5, 2023
A beginner-oriented hardware hackathon for the CMU community, hosted by the CMU Robotics Club
We'll provide instructions on how to assemble a functional robot from the starter kit of parts. From there, you'll be able to customize your robot by adding your own mechanisms, electronics, and code.
Mentors will be available throughout the event to help with anything and everything!
At the start of the event, we'll introduce the year's challenge and reveal the game field and scoring mechanism. The challenge is kept secret until then, in order to maintain the experience of having only a single weekend to work on your robot! Past challenges have included robotic soccer, Quidditch, Scrabble, capture-the-flag, and more!
Red Robot is a great way to meet new friends who share similar interests, get to know the Robotics Club, meet our sponsors (great way to get an internship, tsk tsk), learn new skills, and generally have a great time!
We'll provide meals, snacks, swag, and occasional diversions (think midnight Jenga tournament) throughout the event!
None! The event is oriented towards beginners and our mentors will be available to help you learn any skills you need! Feel free to ask for their input on design, sensors, software, or ask them to teach you how to use the laser-cutters and 3D printers!
We'll start around 6PM on Friday evening with a kickoff presentation, team mixer, and dinner. The club (and mentors) will be available all of Saturday for hacking and learning, and we'll wrap up the event on Sunday afternoon around 2PM with the final tournament and award ceremony! If you can't make it on Friday, feel free to show up Saturday morning and you'll still be able to join a team.
We keep our attendees (and mentors) well-fed at Roboclub events! We'll provide lunch, dinner, and snacks throughout the weekend.
Of course! A good hackathon wouldn't be complete without prizes! Awards will be given for: highest scores in the competition challenge; most creative designs; most ambitious concepts; Judge's Choice awards; and more!
Competitors will work together in teams of 3-5 people. If you already have a group of friends who you want to team up with: Great! List your team members on your registration form. If not, we'll have a team mixer at the start of the competition to help you find a team with other attendees.
Please feel free to email us at: redrobot [+at+] roboclub [+dot+] org