miniMAKEathon: FAQ

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What is a miniMAKEathon?
A miniMAKEathon is a place where the only thing limiting what you build/code/create/develop is your own creativity – we’ll provide the rest. Be with us for around 15 hours with the smartest people you’ll ever meet, creating the coolest things you have ever created, and chugging more of your favorite energy drink than you ever thought possible.

Who can participate in miniMakeathon?
miniMAKEathon is open to all High School and college students and all majors from Orange County. High School Students must complete Parental Permission and Liability Waiver.

What kind of projects can I do at the miniMAKEathon?
Track I – Codologie©: Information and Communication Technologies (Information Support and Services, Networking, Software and Systems Development)
Track II – Buildologie©: Robotics and Automation
Track III – Gamologie©: Game Development and Simulation

Start thinking about it! Come prepared with an idea!

What does the miniMAKEathon site provide? Industry Mentors to share their work experience, Work Space, electric Power outlet, Internet, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and drinks.

Where is miniMAKEathon?
miniMAKEathon is being held at the Fair Ground in Costa Mesa.

How many people can be on a team?
Typically, teams are comprised of 3 members.

Can we register as a team?
We encourage you to register as a team of 3 members!

What if I don’t have a team?
No worries! We are planning to match people into teams at the beginning of the event.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Bring a valid Photo ID. High School and above.

Is Parking free and where do I park?
Parking is free for participants for the duration of the event at the Fair Ground. Parking attendants available.

Is my registration/ticket transferable?
Your registration/ticket is not transferable.

Can I update my registration information?

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

What is the refund policy?
Registration fee not refundable.

I don’t have an idea yet. What should I do?
Keep those creative juices flowing. If you still don’t have an idea at the time of the event, our sponsoring partners will be on-board to help brainstorm and mentor projects.

I’m a beginner. Should I still participate?
Don’t worry! We encourage people of all skill levels to come and learn! We have mentors, teachers, and experienced makers and hackers to help out. Our main goal is to provide resources and focus on everyone learning something new at the weekend!

Should I be starting on my project right now?
Nope! In the spirit of miniMAKEathon, Participants are not allowed to bring projects that have already been started/made. That being said, any useful files (CAD, code, etc.) and documentation is highly encouraged.

How much does it cost for me to participate in miniMakeathon?
The registration fee is $6 per high school student and $8 per college student. Registration is via eventbrite.

How long is miniMAKEathon?
The event starts at Saturday morning 10 am. April 22nd, and ends April 23rd Sunday at 5 pm. Due to supervision restrictions, there is no sleep over.

What training do I need to participate in miniMAKEathon?
You don’t need any training. Your interest to explore the project tracks offered in the event will do.

Will there be mentors to guide me?
Yes! Our sponsors are sending some STEM professionals to share their experiences with you.

What should I bring?
Yourself, an idea, a photo ID plus Parental waiver and permission slip if you are a high school student, and your making or hacking setup. Note: You are not allowed to bring any materials that are hazardous to life and injurious to health.

What should I create?
You can build whatever you can dream of, whether that be a website with an amazing feature, a phone app, or a rad piece of hardware (Soldering is NOT allowed)! Our only rule is that all code must be written during the miniMAKEathon itself. Feel free to use open source libraries and APIs; companies attending may provide their own as well. Impress us!

When does the event end?
Project judging and Award ceremony will end at 5 pm on Sunday.

How will the projects be presented?
On Sunday at 2:00pm, all makers/hackers will have the option to demo their hacks to sponsors and their fellow hackers in an expo event.

Are there no general prizes? Yes, Most innovative project, Most creative project, Exemplary Engineering, and more…

As always, feel free to send questions our way at make at wholestem.org