24-hour Internet of Things Maker Event

October 15th & 16th

VIT Chennai Campus

This 2nd edition of the IoT Makeathon organized by the IoT working group of VIT University Chennai, follows the successful 1st edition held in April 2016. Through this 24-hour non-stop maker event, students of leading schools, colleges, and universities in India will be gathering at the VIT chennai campus to design and implement end-to-end IoT solutions catering to the needs of the industry and society. Students will be judged by an expert panel of leading technocrats from the industry, and the winners will walk away with a grand prize. We are making this edition bigger than the trailblazing effortts of the previous makeathon.


What is Internet of Things (IoT)?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data. Data acquired from the sensors will typically be stored on a cloud, where data analytics will yield certain decisions to be passed on to the actuators.

What is a Makeathon?

Our Makeathon, similar to a hackathon, is an event where participants build awesome projects from scratch in 24 hours. The difference between a MAKEathon and a HACKathon is that we are encouraging projects to be Hardware oriented, and therefore physically making something!

Is it a hardware maker event?

All projects must be have an embedded hardware platform connecting directly or indirectly to the internet to store and analyze data and receive decisions. A smartphone app does not count, but a smartphone app that tells a Raspberry Pi or LaunchPad to actuate a servo is acceptable. Embedded software for Arduinos or other microcontrollers are also acceptable.

Am I eligible to participate?

As long as you are a student registered to an institution (school or college), you are allowed to participate.

What are the application areas I can target for my project?

The theme of the Makeathon will be announced as we near the makeathon. All participants should make a project based on this thema.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes. We have set the registration fee per participant to be Rs. 500/-. This includes the welcome kit, Tea, Snacks & certificates. Registration is limited, so hurry!!! Details of payment will be updated once teams are shortlisted to participate

Does the project have to be new?

To keep with the spirit of the makeathon, it is preferred that participants work on a new project. That way, you will be able to explore newer avenues. We will update you on the problem statement as we keep nearing the makeathon.

How will judging and prizes work?

Judges from various backgrounds will be evaluating projects based a rubric that includes creativity, technical difficulty, presentation, most importantly the completeness of the end-to-end IoT connectivity. In addition to overall winners, runners-up and 2nd runners-up, we will have honorable mentions in several categories including "Most Innovative project" etc. There will also be goodies to be won for best social media activity, and other spot contests. In the previous Makeathon, we handed out wireless headphones, health tracker bands, etc.

Are any projects not allowed?

Projects involving high voltage such as Tesla coils, or jacob’s ladders are discouraged. If you are unsure if your project will be allowed, please ask! Whenever direct AC voltage comes into play, use of a fuse is mandatory. Any projects related to weapons are banned. Any projects that carries the risk of a fire hazard will also be disallowed.

We reserve the right to shut down any projects that we deem as unsafe. We want the event to be awesome and electrocution or other physical injury is not so great. Please bring your own fuses if you intend on working with the mains or otherwise high voltage project. Railgun, coil gun or any other projects with weapons are banned. Projects such as an induction furnace are similarly banned for an obvious fire hazard.

How many people can be on a team?

Teams may consist of up to 3 persons, including yourself. We prefer that you freeze your teams at the time of registration. Please contact the organizers for any further clarifications.

Can I leave the makeathon venue for a break?

We will have a limited area in which participants can move about. Resting rooms will be provided for participants if necessary.

What if I don’t have hardware?

We will inform you if you have to bring any hardware. If necessary, we will float a request form for hardware that you can procure during the makeathon.

What should I bring?

You are encouraged to bring any tools you might need. There will be some tools available for purchase on the spot. Some of the tools include wire strippers, cutters and soldering irons. We will also make available some test equipment such as oscilloscopes, signal generators and multimeters if deemed necessary by the organizers. You will not need to bring power strips or extension cords.

Please bring your laptops as we will not provide any computing facility. Any hardware that is to be brought will be intimated to the participants roughly a month before the competition. Please mention your hardware expertise in the registration form.

We will be updating the FAQs section regularly. Follow us on twitter and facebook for more updates.

Important Dates

Registration deadline :25-Sep-2016

Registration Fee Payment :05-Oct-2016

Participation Confirmation :06-Oct-2016

Registration Details

To register for the event, please click here.

You will be contacted by mail once you have been shortlisted. The registration fee per participant is Rs. 500/-. This includes the welcome kit, Tea, Snacks & certificates. Registration is limited, so hurry!!! Details of payment will be updated once teams are shortlisted to participate.

Event Schedule

Start Time Event
06:30 am Check-in
07:00 am Registration and Breakfast
09:00 am Welcome Address
09:15 am Keynote Address
09:45 am Tea Break
10:00 am Makeathon Kickoff
01:00 pm Lunch
07:30 pm Dinner
08:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am Makeathon Ends
10:15 am Tea Break
11:00 am Judging Begins
01:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Judging Ends
3:00 pm Tea Break & Project Showcase
4:00 pm Award Ceremony
5:00 pm Sleep


Interested in sponsoring the Makeathon or other VITCC IoT events? Please contact Mr. Rajkumar Murugesan (+919840396952). Mail

Expert Panel

We have gathered an elite set of panel members to evaluate the projects for the Makeathon!!!

Dr. Sushil Kumar Dr. Ravi Kishore Dr. Kumar Padmanabh Dr. Damodar Sahu
Deputy Director Director Senior Data Analytics Expert Industry Advisor - IoT
Department of Telecom HCL Technologies Bosch India Pvt. Ltd. Wipro Ltd.


This makeathon is being organized by the IoT Working Group of the School of Electronics Engineering at VIT University, Chennai Campus.

Student Organizers

Mr. Anish Mukherjee - +919092961309 (Mail)
Mr. Vinayak Garg - +919709076322 (Mail)

Faculty Coordinators

Prof. Ravi V - +919840280111 (Mail)
Dr. Bharghava Rajaram - +919840321600 (Mail)
Mr. Rajkumar Murugesan - +919840396952 (Mail)