Students working at Oregon State's hardware weekend (HWeekend).

Have you ever wanted to create something fun and unique?

HWeekend is your opportunity! This hardware development competition brings students of all levels and majors together with industry and faculty mentors to create something new — all packed into an intense weekend of activity.

Six teams designed and built prototype devices at Oregon State’s first hardware weekend.HWeekend is a free event sponsored by the College of Engineering, College of Business, and InnovationX. Students work together in teams to create a marketable project they can demonstrate and pitch to judges at the end of the weekend.

Unlike other weekend events, this one will involve all areas of design, including mechanical, electrical, and programing and business. Some projects will also involve art, music, science or whatever else you want to do.

Here are a few stories, including videos, about past events: Business and engineering students create gadgets and gizmosStudents ‘Show’em What They Got!’ at HWeekend New Hardware Weekend Expands Student Experiences , Engineering Students Rock the Rockwell Collins Sponsored HWeekend, Creating Wearable Technology in a Weekend, OSU Event Brings Together Engineering and Business Students.

The Weekend

HWeekend is a 30-hour event; participants arrive on Saturday morning and by Sunday afternoon, you'll present your final ideas and prototypes.

You can work alone or in small groups. Participants do not need to stay the entire time and may come and go as desired, but there are only 30 hours to complete your project!

Food and most electronics are provided for the program, but those who are able to should plan to bring their own laptops and any tools they are already familiar with. Participants have access to cutting edge tools including 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics, tablets, computers, and more!

  • Gain new skills.
  • Apply your knowledge to a project of your choice.
  • Practice troubleshooting.
  • Make new friends.
  • Win prizes!

Spring 2018 Theme
Make Something Real: Make Something that Makes Something

We are pleased to announce that HP, a world leader in printing and computing, is sponsoring the spring 2018 HWeekend. They are challenging you to create innovative projects such as a system that grows food, an arm that makes art, a device that makes energy, a robot that can fold paper more than 7 times, a portable 3D printer, or anything else you can imagine. HP is bringing state-of-the-art technology for you to use and world class engineering experts who will mentor teams. At the end of the event, the top teams will receive prizes provided by HP.

Interested in Applying?

We have limited capacity for each event, so not all who apply will be accepted. However, if you reapply for the next event (using the same email address), you will be put in the short list for the next event.

What: Spring 2018 HWeekend
When: April 14-15, 2018
Where: Kelley Engineering Center
Who: Any major and any experience level
Theme: Make Something Real: Make Something that Makes Something
Application deadline: April 7, 2018

Apply now

If you are interested in being a mentor for all or part of the event, we want your help! Please contact us at and we will get you all the information you need.



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