CreatED 2018

24-hour hardware hackathon

 7th & 8th of April

 Appleton Tower, The University of Edinburgh


CreatED is a 24 hour hardware hackathon coming to Edinburgh this April.
It’ll bring together students for a fun weekend of invention, hacking, and learning.
Brought to you by The University of Edinburgh Embedded and Robotics Society.

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What makes CreatED special?

Circuitry on a breadboard

Hardware


We are the only student-run hackathon in the UK with a focus on hardware! Hackers will be producing physical devices, not just software projects.

Mentor assiting workshop attendees

Workshops


We will also be running an exciting series of workshops in parallel to the main event. The list will be announced soon™ and you'll be able to sign up on the day. Watch this space!

Two mentors discussing information on a computer

Mentors


We have a team of elite mentors available on site. They will be there to guide you all throughout the event whether you are a beginner or a seasoned hacker!

FAQ

What is a hackathon?


A hackathon is an invention marathon. Students come together to build cool software & hardware hacks over 24-48 hours. It’s very beginner friendly.

How much does it cost?


Nothing. Attending a hackathon is free.

Do I need to be a student to attend?


No. Anyone over the age of 18 can attend.

I'm a complete beginner. Can I still come?


Absolutely! We especially encourage people that are new in the field to come along as a hackathon is a great place to get started. Drop us a message if you have any concerns.

Where is the event?


The event is being hosted at Appleton Tower, The University of Edinburgh.

What hardware will be available to use?


You’ll get access to a selection of standard components, microcontrollers and sensors. For more detail, check out our equipment list. If there is anything specific that you really want to use, you are welcome to bring it along!

How big are the teams?


Teams are no bigger than 4 people.

Do you offer travel reimbursement?


We cannot reimburse you for your travel expenses.

Is there a code of conduct?


We will be using the MLH code of conduct and will be enforcing it very strongly. You can find it here.

How does judging work?


There will be 3 main winning teams that will be selected by a panel of judges. The judges will score hacks in a number of categories announced at the event. There will also be additional prizes for winners of specific challenges at the event. These challenges will involve meeting certain criteria specific to each one.

Do I have to use hardware in my hack?


Yes, although don’t be scared if you’ve never used hardware before! We’ll have a team of elite mentors on site that will be helping you every step of the way. There will also be introductory workshops for beginners. Your hack will probably also include a software component.

Do I have to come with teammates?


There is a team-forming session at the start of the first day so feel free to come along on your own or with friends.

Schedule

7
April
Main trackWorkshops
10:00 Start of registration
10:30
|
11:00
Team forming session 1
11.00
|
12:00
Opening ceremony
12:00 Start hacking
12:01
|
12:30
Team forming session 2
12:00
|
13:00
Introduction to electronics workshop
12.00
|
13.00
Introduction to MiRo workshop
13:00
|
14:00
Lunch
14:00
|
15:00
Introduction to Microbit workshop
15.00
|
16.00
GitHub workshop
15:30
|
17.00
Line follower workshop
17:00
|
18:00
FPGA workshop
18:00
|
19:00
Dinner
19.00
|
20.00
Introduction to IoT workshop

8
April
00:00 Midnight snack
08:00
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09:00
Breakfast
12:00 Submissions due
12.00
|
13.00
Lunch
13:30
|
15:00
Demos
15:30
|
16:30
Closing ceremony

Workshops

Introduction to Electronics


Time: 12.00 - 13.00

Level: No prior experience required.

Description: Do you want to learn the basics of building circuits? We will take you over the fundamentals of electronics concepts, explain how components such as resistors or transistors work and finally get you to build some circuits of your own!

MiRo


Time: 12.00 - 13.00

Level: Knowledge of programming and command line

Description: Are you interested in working on a MiRo project during the hackathon? Come to this workshop which will give an introduction to MiRo, all of his sensors/actuators and explain the basics of how it works. You will learn how to use the simulator to introduce the basics of programming MiRos with ROS, and finally show how to port the programmed behaviours over to the real robot

Introduction to micro:bit


Time: 14.00 - 15.00

Level: Entry level, no prior experience required. If you have never programmed before it would be very beneficial for you to come.

Description: A workshop aimed at people with no previous programming experience. We will take you from complete basics to explain the fundamental concepts of programming and then show you how to apply them to hardware by making a simple game on a Microbit

GitHub workshop


Time: 15.00 - 16.00

Level: Entry level, no prior experience required.

Description: During this workshop delivered to you by GitHub you will learn the basics of version control. We will take you from the basics of Git all the way through to showcasing your projects on GitHub.

Line Follower


Time: 15.30 - 17.00

Level: Basic knowledge of electronics, Arduino and programming programming

Description: Build your own line follower robot using an Arduino. We will take you through the basics of motor control and sensor readings so that you can build your own line following robot and watch it go!

Introduction to FPGA


Time: 17.00 - 18.00

Level: Knowledge of Python strongly recommended

Description: A beginner's intro to the world of FPGA programming! Come along to learn how to set up a PYNQ FPGA board and test out several simple projects in Jupyter Notebook

Introduction to IoT


Time: 19.00 - 20.00

Level: Basic knowledge of Python recommended.

Description: During this workshop we will dive into the world of IoT technologies. We will explain how the IoT systems work and take you through creating you own simple IoT application

Venue Details

CreatED 2018 is sponsored by


Accenture
Nordic
GitHub
QueryClick
ECR
Consequential Robotics

Codethink
mokanix
FDM Group
Compsoc
Morgan Stanley
SISCA

University of Edinburgh School of Informatics
Xilinx
Mouser
JetBrains
Unity
Lime Microsystems
Twilio