Make something that does anything

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make something that does anything, or anything that does something, from scratch—in 24 hours.

This 24-hour hackathon is from 12:00 PM on November 2nd to 12:00 PM on November 3rd.

It will take place at:
Lowell Makes
47 Lee St
Lowell MA 01852

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It could be an artistic piece which moves or interacts with its surrounding in some way, it could be a robot or automated pet feeder, some electronic gadget built around an Arduino, it could be software, or it could be any combination of any of those things or whatever else you imagine.  The one thing your creation is not allowed to do, however, nothing.

Be prepared to explain the inspiration and techniques behind your creation to people who come by while you're making it, and during the judging and observation period after the hackathon.

View full rules


Any individual or team may participate in this hackathon.  Everyone must be at least 18 years of age or have a parent or legal guardian present who will be responsible for them during the hackathon.  All participant and parents/guardians must sign liability waivers and acknowledgement of Lowell Makes' Code of Conduct and Safety Rules.


All creations must do something, and must have been built at Lowell Makes.  Creations must be functional, but may be physical, digital, electronic/electromechanical or be in any other form.  Software, apps and embeded code running on hardware qualifies.


All submissions must be completed within the 24-hour period of the hackathon and entrants must be present at the end of the hackathon during the judging and observation period.


Lowell Makes Board

Lowell Makes Board
Lowell Makes

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Michelle Silveira
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer / Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union

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Dan O'Brien
Business Editor / Lowell Sun

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Diana Coluntino
Founder/Creative Director at New Vestures; a fashion makerspace

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Jim Cowan
USFirst Robotics Mechanical Mentor, lifelong problem solver, and Software Engineer at Cisco Systems

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Jeff Reuter
Senior Principal Systems Engineer at BAE Systems and 3D printing hobbyist

Judging Criteria

  • Completeness
    Based on the participant's stated plan and goal, how complete is their creation?
  • Does something
    True or False: Does the creation do something?
  • Originality
    How original, unique or novel is the creation?
  • Creativity
    How creative is the creation?
  • Inspirational
    Does the creation inspire others?
  • Educational
    Does the creation demonstrate techniques or concepts which might educate those who learn about it, especially in speaking with the creator(s) of it?