Two groups working at Oregon State's first hardware weekend (HWeekend).

This Fall, we need you to join us at HWeekend to bend your creative mind to the challenge of Disaster Relief. With the recent tragedies of fire, hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes, we need your ideas to create projects and prototypes that can help in the aftermath of a disaster. Needs like water purification, communication, movement of supplies, and even personal hygiene could be helped by something you invent. If you want to help, you are invited to apply for the next HWeekend event offered October 7-8! Come alone or with a group of friends to create a gadget or gizmo that solves a real-world problem, or just to have some fun.

Six teams designed and built prototype devices at Oregon State’s first hardware weekend.HWeekend is sponsored by the College of Engineering and the College of Business. Students from all majors and levels of experience are welcome. Participants work together in teams to create amazing projects which are then presented and demonstrated to HWeekend judges at the end of the weekend.

Meals and snacks are included during the 30 hour build session. Attendence for the full 30 hours is not mandatory. Participants have access to cutting edge tools including 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics, tablets, computers, and much more!

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!

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: Fall 2017 HWeekend: Disaster Relief
When: October 7-8, 2017
Where: Kelley Engineering Center
Who: Any major and any experience level
Why: Because you can make a difference, and it’s awesome!
Application deadline: Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

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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