FEB 25-26, 2017



BUILDATHON is the ultimate hardware hackathon. Hosted by HackDFW in partnership with Freeman Fabrication Grand Prarie, BUILDATHON features access to woodworking, metalworking, and other fabrication tools, as well as VR/AR, IOT, beacons and much more!

Have you ever wanted access to industrial-scale metalworking, woodworking, or advanced 3D printing? At BUILDATHON, we'll have all that and much more. You'll get to develop on VR headsets, RFID/Beacon tech, IoT devices, and much more!

HackDFW and Freeman Fabrication look forward to hosting you at BUILDATHON. Join us from February 25th to 26th to show off your skills, meet amazing people, and help make a difference for the future of face-to-face event experiences.


Where will BUILDATHON be held?

BUILDATHON will be hosted at the Freeman Fabrication Facility. The address is 2940 114th St, Grand Prairie, TX 75050. Read below for information on DFW-area buses.

What can I win at BUILDATHON?

At BUILDATHON, we have over $6k in prizes available.

Best overall project:

  • First place: $2000
  • Second place: $1000
  • Third place: $500

Challenge prizes:

  • Best design hack ($1000): Create new ways to design booth environments/displays using VR/AR (web-based) and emerging technologies
  • Best build/assembly hack ($1000): Create new ways to build, assemble, deploy booths/displays using new fab designs, tech, CAD, 3D printing
  • Best IoT Hack ($1000): Create new ways to reduce waste and lost productivity due to lost items and tools using IoT

What time should I arrive?

Plan to arrive around 8:30AM on Saturday. The show will be wrapped up around 4:30pm on Sunday.

What should I bring?

Laptops, chargers, cell phones, and of course passion are helpful. Other useful items include: toiletries, a change of clothes, a pillow, some earplugs, an eye mask, a jacket, and...deodorant.

Knives, firearms, and other dangerous things are not permitted at the event.

Who can attend?

All creators 18 years of age and older are welcome! This includes high schoolers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals! Please note that the age limit is strictly enforced.

What if I don't have teammates?

We'll have a scheduled time where you can form teams after the opening ceremony. In addition, on Thursday, Feb. 23rd, we will have a pre-hackathon event where you can meet prospective team members, mentors, and partners.

How big are teams?

Teams are composed of 2-5 people. You can do it alone, but it'll be less fun!

How much does this event cost?

BUILDATHON is 100% free. We want you to feel welcomed and provide everything you need for an amazing weekend!

Will BUILDATHON provide reimbursements?

We will not provide travel reimbursements due to the size of the event. But we will provide buses to and from the hackathon to most universities in DFW!

Are we allowed to build on past projects?

A hackathon is an experience to build something new within a set amount of time. Therefore, you cannot work on past projects. However, using your own open-source or third party libraries is fine, so long as the project is new.

What kind of hardware will you have?

Check our our hardware list!

We will have a variety of hardware available for use. BUILDATHON will have limited access to Freeman fabrication operators and industrial-scale metalworking/woodworking equipment, 3D printers and a design area for fabrication. We will also have VR headsets, RFID/Beacon tech, IoT devices and much more!

Will there be buses to BUILDATHON?

Yes! You can ride the bus if you select it in your RSVP. We have the following buses this time:

  • UT Dallas
  • SMU
  • UT Arlington
  • UNT/TWU/Denton




We'd love to hear from you! We are a friendly bunch and open to discussing new ideas, improvements or partnerships.


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