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Mother's Day IoT Makeathon [Day Before Mother's Day 2016]

  • May 7, 2016 · 8:00 AM
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Register to participate in the IoT Makeathon here:


Here's the Devpost Site if you'd like to register a team:

IoT Mother's Day Makeathon - Devpost 

After the great time we had at IoTHackDay.MN 2015, there have been calls for a Spring Hackathon.

This is the weekend before the before the Mini Maker Faire, and we are partnered with Leonardo's basement, the managers of TC Mini Maker Faire.  As such, teams who want will be granted spots at the Maker Faire to demo their project the following Saturday, May 14th, 2016.

JUST ANNOUNCED!  Kid's Section!  Neopixel Kits!

We have Dan McCreary of CoderDojo and previous IoTHackDay fame, who will bring out some Neopixel kits for a kid's educational IoT session from 8AM-Noon.  We have space for 10 kids, so please register early.  We have space for more volunteers / assistants who would work along with Dan and expand the class size - please contact Patrick Delaney on if you are interested in this.

We are working on building out our hackathon according to recommendations from last year.  Here's what we have so far...

Table of Experts

Fullstack IoT Electronics / Digital Engineer-Developer

Chris Larson

Mechanical Hardware / CAD / Design & Manufacturing

Nick Velander


Dale Brose, Certified Google Partner

iOS Developer

Jaim Zuber (Jaim's Podcast)

Android Developer

Theo Kanning

Logo Designer

Jake Berendes

GitHub Pages Designer


Ruby on Rails Developer



Hardware Wish List - Please Make Suggestions of Hardware & Electronics (Connected Computing Devices) to add to the wish list in the comments below.


What we're looking to potentially add (please comment below if you have advice or ideas on this).

Facilities need to be spread out more.

Food (healthy sandwiches) was good from Oct 2015.

Judging Criteria set ahead of time would be nice (although crowd voting system was good).

More ways to incentivize more Cross-Team collaboration would be good. In October 2015, we used Slack but this was really only used for about 2-3 hours in the morning. The big screen with the #iothackday twitter feed was good, but there was a call for more cross-team collaboration or ways to facilitate that if possible.

Thanks for your continued support and ideas!

Pictures from last year's Maker Faire:

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  • Rick B.

    I really appreciated the friendly atmosphere and Dan McCreary's time and expertise.

    2 · May 9

  • Dale B.

    Always impressive ideas and developer groups. Ya'll were sure the case today. Thank you.

    3 · May 7

  • Dan M.

    I had a great time! Meet some interesting people.

    4 · May 7

  • Rasheed

    Does it open for visit for new comers whole day ?

    May 7

  • Brock J.

    My team still has openings! Right now we have data covered but a Web Developer or someone that knows raspberry pi would be very helpful. Anyone can join though, the idea is open to change and the main thing is to have fun :D please don't hesitate to join up message me

    2 · May 5

  • Brad J.

    Any suggestions for someone like me who is just getting going, but has a base of knowledge to contribute?

    1 · April 13

  • Stanton, K.

    Team aquamonitor also needs arduino/probe monitoring developers.

    1 · May 5

  • Daniel F.

    Let me know if you'd like to join Team Tacobot!

    1 · May 5

  • Dan M.

    I can't stay for the entire day, but I will attend from 8am to noon. If there are kids (or adults) that want to learn how to program Neopixel strips I will bring 10 Arduino kits that can be used to teach anyone how to program the lights on LED strips. I would need one 10 foot table with power and chairs.

    I will also bring by collection of boxes with various knobs to turn for the K-5 age children to play with. I also can bring some of our CoderDojo robots.

    2 · April 14

  • Patrick D.

    Please join our makeathon here at devpost as a participant:

    March 13

  • Patrick D.

    If anyone is interested - you can sign up for the ideas workshop here:

    February 11, 2016

  • Patrick D.

    February 4, 2016

  • Patrick D.

    Digikey launched a new website geared toward makers -

    February 2, 2016

  • Patrick D.

    Here's a link to our code of conduct for IoTFuse, for those interested...

    1 · January 28, 2016

    • Patrick D.

      Violation of these rules will get you banned from the group and all future events - zero tolerance.

      January 28, 2016

  • Doug

    For a name, I noticed that since Mother's Day is the next day (5/8/2016), maybe something like "Mother's Day Hackathon", or maybe a more creative take on that?
    For judging (partial) and presentations, I still like the idea of teams submitting a 3-minute (or so) Kickstarter-style video (as if they were doing a Kickstarter with their idea). Maybe the marketing table/team could help teams with producing those?

    1 · January 26, 2016

    • Patrick D.

      Good point...maybe some kind of play on words with, "Creation Hack," or something like that since our mothers, in essence, created us...?

      January 26, 2016

  • Patrick D.

    Any suggestions on the name?

    January 26, 2016

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