Dreamups and Staten Island MakerSpace are hosting a weekend hackathon to build open hardware technologies that have a social or environmental impact on April 11 through 13, 2014.
Participants are invited to register for a weekend building challenge and pitch an idea or design for a product or technology that has social or environmental positive impact.
Up to five projects will be chosen by the group of participants, based on feasibility and potential impact, and prototypes will be built by teams formed out of the group of participants over the course of the weekend.
Participants will have access to the Staten Island MakerSpace facility and equipment, including fully equipped metal and wood shops. Techs will be on hand to help with building. Teams will be given a small budget to purchase needed supplies.
Projects that organizers are looking for people to bring to the table include but are not limited to:
Water filtration systems, indoor and urban gardening solutions, waste management, solar, wind and other
renewable energy projects, portable cooking and/or heating solutions, creative construction methods and design,
portable shelters, alternative transportation, prosthetic devices, and whatever else you can Dreamup.
Projects made over the weekend will be featured on www.dreamups.org and offered as open source technology to a worldwide audience. Individuals and communities worldwide then have access to these prototyped designs and are encouraged to reproduce, use and improve them
with the idea that shared knowledge empowers people and improves our local and global communities.
To Register for NYC Dreamups Lab
● Participants can register at
● Registration fee is $25 per person
● Participants must be age 16 and up
● All participants must sign an insurance waiver and participants under 18 must have
Participants are not required to bring a project idea, but are encouraged to do so. Designs can be in the form of sketches, drawings, CAD files, or other means of presenting a prototype idea. Participants do not have to have any experience in design or engineering.
Your idea doesn't have to be fancy, high tech, or completely realized. It just has to be an interesting idea. Teams can help design and refine the prototypes as they are built. Staten
Island MakerSpace has large chalkboards and whiteboards for people to sketch out plans on a large scale. People who would like to participate as builders and not as designers are welcome to register as well. Techs will be on hand to help with fabrication, so participants should not worry about not being able to weld, for instance.
● Team budgets will be about $200 for materials. More, if sponsors are generous.
● Participants will have access to some steel and wood donated by New York Custom
Fabricators and American Tube & Supply Co.
● Hand tools and all equipment will be supplied by SI MakerSpace.
● Registered participants can make an appointment to visit the SI MakerSpace and see
available materials and equipment prior to the event.
● Participants can also bring specialized materials for their project if needed.
FRIDAY April 11 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm Representatives from Dreamups will make a short introduction and talk about innovation, open society, sustainability, and global social and environmental issues.
6:30 pm to 7:15 pm Participants will present their ideas and we will choose up to five projects to be built over the next two days. We will form teams and each team will work on one of the projects and will be given a small budget.
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Teams will spend time refining their designs and plan a building strategy.
SATURDAY April 12 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
9:00 am to 12:00 pm We will make runs to the hardware store to purchase needed supplies in the morning.
9:00 am to 10:00 pm Teams will have the entire day to construct prototypes. Participants will have access to
all hand tools and MakerSpace techs will be on hand to help people use equipment in the metal and wood shops. Lunch will be provided during the day.
SUNDAY April 13 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
9:00 am to 3:00 pm Teams will have to finish their projects until 3:00 pm
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Teams will present their project to a panel of experts and a public audience. Awards in a variety of categories will be presented.
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Music, food, and beverages.
Dreamups is currently based in Netherlands with representatives in Denmark and Moldova. Their mission is
to incubate, validate and scale open source innovations with global impact. Dreamups invites people to come up with creative solutions to social and environmental problems in both rural and urban areas worldwide and then provides an online platform for people to share and improve hardware technologies. Dreamups Labs have been held in places as far reaching as Moldova and Ghana.
More information can be found at www.dreamups.org or https://www.facebook.com/Dreamups
About Staten Island MakerSpace
Staten Island MakerSpace is a non-profit community workspace and small business incubator in NYC that
supports individual entrepreneurship and helps sustain artists, craftspeople, engineers, hobbyists, inventors, small businesses and other groups by offering low cost access to a 6000 sq ft facility that houses:
Metalworking Shop, Woodworking Shop, Jewelry-Making/Soldering Facilities, Sewing Studio, Computer Lab,
Large Scale, Short Term Project Space, Conference Room, Individual and Shared Workspaces
More information, including a list of equipment can be found at www.simakerspace.com
Questions about participant registration or sponsorship can be directed to Associate Director of Staten Island MakerSpace, DB Lampman.
Staten Island MakerSpace is located in the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island, at 450 Front St, Unit B,
Staten Island, NY 10304.