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Mobility Dogs Hackathon

The Maker Club invites you to a collaboration with Mobility Dogs! Help develop a life-changing solution to assist Mobility Dogs clients with giving treats to their Mobility Dogs.

Mobility Dogs Hackathon

Join the Maker Club and Mobility Dogs in a weekend of designing and creating for a great purpose - to build assistive devices to help Mobility Dog clients give treats to their dogs ❤️

Register now:
Free registration includes access to the makerspace, snacks, and some* catering!

Your team will work together to build a tool for wheelchair users to dispense treats. It's up to you whether this is electronic, entirely hardware, hand-made, or 3d printed!

Unleash your creativity, have fun, and help make the simple action of giving a dog a treat effortless, enjoyable and accessible.

What’s provided?
All equipment for the project
Snacks & lunch

12-14 July, 2024 – kicking off at 6pm

Unleash Space, Engineering Building, The University of Auckland
This venue is wheelchair accessible. Low sensory spaces available.

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  • 6:00 pm – Sign-in desk opens, food
  • 6:30 pm – Welcome presentation & official kick-off
  • 7:00 pm – Team-forming
  • 10:30 pm – Venue closes for the night


  • 8:00 am – Venue opens
  • 9:00 am – Morning announcements, makerspace opens
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch & Check in with teams
  • 5:30 pm – Makerspace closes
  • 11:00 pm – Venue closes


  • 10:00 am – Venue opens
  • 10:30 am – Morning announcements, makerspace opens.
  • 12:30 pm – Check in with teams
  • 4:30 pm – Deadline for submissions! Makerspace closes
  • 4:45 pm – Show & Tell (check out each other’s projects)
  • 6:30 pm – Pack up & closing

You’re welcome to stay for as much or as little as you’d like (no need to arrive or leave when we open & close), but we recommend sticking around for the show & tell if you can. You will need to make your own arrangements for transport home on Friday and Saturday nights, as we’re unable to provide a space to sleep overnight.

*we're still sorting the fine print on when and how much food. Stay tuned!

What is a hackathon?

It’s a chance to make things! Hackathons are all about coming together to design and build creative solutions to interesting problems in a super short amount of time. In this one, you’ll have 46 hours (taking breaks to sleep and chill) to go all the way from idea to a finished solution that Mobility Dogs can start using.

How are teams formed?

If you’d like to work in a team (we strongly recommend this – it’s much more fun) then you can either bring friends to collaborate with, or we’ll help form new teams on the Friday night. Either way, don’t stress – we’ve got you covered.

12th - 14th July

Help develop a life-changing solution to assist their clients with giving treats to their Mobility Dogs.

Register Now

What will we be making?

Here are a few examples of projects by people across the world to try and solve this problem. You're welcome to make your own take on this challenge! The solution doesn't need to be electronic, and making something that's robust and beautiful is just as important as making something that works.

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Kia ora! I'm the President of the Maker Club. I help put together the Terrible Ideas Hackathon, Kiwijam, and other odd events with the broad goal of bringing good people together.