How many people are allowed to participate?

We allow as many teams as we have funding for. In the past, we have had around 100 teams of 2-5 people each.

What's the registration process like?

You register during the fall semester. Below is a quick overview of the process.

  1. Make an account on the Garage
  2. Come up with a project idea and form a team of 2-4 people with at least one ECE major.
  3. Submit your project idea for review from the officers.
  4. After being approved, come up with a parts list and submit it though the Garage.

What's the maximum team size?

5 people, no exceptions.

What's the minimum team size?

2 people, no exceptions.

Are there any project restrictions?

As long as it does not break any laws or cause people harm you should be good to go. However, if your project uses dangerous chemicals, high powered lasers, etc, then the officers may place extra restrictions on your team in order to ensure safety during build week.

What's the maximum project budget?

Typically, the budget has been around $250, with an additional $50 bonus if all the parts are ordered from preferred vendors. For the 2015-2016 cycle, the budget is $250 dollars, with a $50 bonus.

Do I have to be an ECE major to participate?

Nope! We allow and encourage multidisciplinary teams.

Can I order my own parts?

You are welcome to provide your own parts. However, if you want to be reimbursed for the cost of a part you purchase on your own then make sure your team budget has enough to cover the part (shipping not included) and then contact the officers with copies of your receipts for info about the reimbursement process. Ordering parts on your own will void any preferred vendor bonus.