The Dartmouth DMAX 2014 Fabrication Lab will culminate in a 24 hour Make-A-Thon event, starting at noon on Saturday, May 10th and ending at noon on Sunday, May 11th.

This event encourages and rewards projects relating to "The World of Tomorrow" that explore digital design and fabrication techniques. Come explore the possibilities offered by laser cutters, microcontrollers and a variety of other digital design tools, and show us what you think might be a glimpse of the future in art and technology!

Official Make-A-Thon Contest Rules

Make-A-Thon is open to Dartmouth students, staff, faculty as well as members of the local community.
Projects must be registered in an appropriate category at the beginning of the Make-A-Thon via a form on the DMAX 2014 website.

Registration must be completed before the 24-hour-long event.

Participants must be present at the start of the event (Saturday, May10th at noon) in the FabLab space (Hop Garage room 132) to pitch their ideas to the staff.

People looking for teams and teams looking for additional members will be allowed to discuss collaborations before registration.

Participants must present their projects to a jury at noon on Sunday, May 11th. All the participants are required to present, and teams will have to split any prize money. Presentation requirements are simple: 2-5 minutes, any supporting document (.pptx or keynote formats) must be provided by 11:30am on May 11th to the email.

Projects will be evaluated based on their originality, excellence of implementation, and relevance to the event’s theme, amongst a number of other criteria.

The Contest winners will be selected by a panel of judges to be chosen by the Neukom Institute. By submitting an entry to the Make-A-Thon, entrants release Dartmouth College, the sponsors and all Dartmouth employees from any and all liability for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the decisions of the Judges.

Categories and Prizes:
Full-Time Dartmouth Students (Undergraduate or Graduate):
$2,500 First Prize
$1,000 Second Prize
$500 Third Prize

High School Students:
$500 First Prize
$250 Second Prize
$100 Third Prize

Community (Middle School and younger):
$250 First Prize
$150 Second Prize
$50 Third Prize

If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting such prize.

By submitting an entry in the DMAX Make-A-Thon or accepting any prize, you represent and warrant the following: (a) you will not submit content that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the content and to grant Dartmouth College all of the rights granted herein; (b) you will not publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage Dartmouth College; (c) you will not submit content that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense; (d) you will not post advertisements or solicitations of business; (e) Dartmouth College will not be obligated to pay any compensation to, or permit any participation by, any third party in connection with the use, reproduction, modification, publication, display or other exploitation of any of the content that you submit; and (f) the content submitted by you does not contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms or other disabling devices or harmful code.

You hereby grant Dartmouth College the non-exclusive right to distribute and use your submission for promotional and marketing purposes (either in the form submitted or in the form of a derivative or adapted work). You understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your DMAX Make-A-Thon project, other than what is described in these Official Contest Rules.

By entering this Contest, you agree to be bound by Dartmouth College’s Academic Honor Principle and certify that if you win a prize for Dartmouth College students, you are in good standing with the college and eligible to participate in college-sponsored programs.

Dartmouth College, the employees and student helpers at the Make-A-Thon and sponsors have no liability whatsoever in connection with this contest and, you shall hold them harmless for any injuries, losses or damages during the Make-A-Thon or in connection with the event and the prizes given.

Dartmouth College reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Contest Rules. The Contest is governed by and shall be construed under the laws of the State of New Hampshire, U.S.A., without regard to the conflicts of law provisions therein. All disputes in connection with the subject matter of these Official Contest Rules will be determined by the state or federal courts located in Grafton County, New Hampshire. These Official Contest Rules set forth the entire agreement, and supersede any and all prior agreements of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. No change, modification or waiver to these Official Contest Rules will be effective unless in writing and signed by the party against which enforcement is sought.

If you have any questions about these Official Contest Rules, please send questions/requests via e-mail to

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