The Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (ASBME) is a student-run undergraduate and graduate biomedical engineering organization at USC that serves the engineering student body through academic, social and corporate events. Through ASBME, students gain clarity of their chosen field and the opportunities that await them. Students are also able to get a foot in the corporate door at the annual ASBME corporate dinner, attended by USC alumni as well as other corporate representatives.
This year we would like to host our 2nd annual Makeathon event at USC Viterbi, a medical device design competition in which student teams from both USC and other universities will compete to solve a challenge with a limited amount of time and resources.
What is the Makeathon?
The Makeathon is like a hackathon for designers instead of coders. In 30 hours, 20 teams of 4-5 members will brainstorm, design and create a device under specific rules and guidelines, such as material and functional constraints. After eight hours, teams will present preliminary designs to a panel of judges who will deliberate and select five teams that will move on to the device fabrication round. These five teams will utilize USC’s Fabrication Lab to construct their designs from a variety of materials and methods.
All teams will prepare a final presentation to be delivered to the panel of judges as well as to the rest of the students that will cover design motivations, device functionality, impact on the field or on client needs, as well as other device- and field-related information.
One grand prize winner will be chosen and sent to production; two runner-up winners will also be selected.
How can you help?
Our event is scheduled to take place on February 18th and 19th (with a kick-off event on the 17th) at the USC campus. We have already secured the majority of the funding needed for the event. This funding has gone towards securing the event site, awards for the winners, marketing, and some of the prototype materials for the team.
However, additional support is needed in order for the event to be successful. In particular, gifts received from this project will go to procure:
● Fabrication costs (prototype materials for the teams)
● Food and beverages for the student participants
The Makeathon not only teaches students team-building skills, but is also a way for them to creatively apply and develop the skills and knowledge they have learned in classrooms and apply them to real-word situations.
Any gift, no matter the amount, will be greatly appreciated.
For more information about our Makeathon event, please visit: www.uscmakeathon.com.
Thank you for your support! FIGHT ON!