DCU Student ‘ STEAM Challenge’ Hackathon Weekend

powered by Intel

DCU & Intel STEAM Challenge:

To create artistic and creative experience-based products or outcomes that will enhance the lives of – or simply inspire- DCU Students through the combination of Intel technology and musical, visual, fashion, performance or experiential expression!


DCU UStart & Intel STEAM Challenge Hackathon Weekend is a 54-hour event that brings together DCU student innovators, entrepreneurs, creatives and developers, as experts from all domains, to do amazing things.

The DCU UStart & Intel STEAM Challenge Hackathon is an exciting opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, build innovative solutions and have lots of fun!

  • All are welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their student peers.
  • Teams form around the top ideas voted by the group and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, designing, and market validation and building solutions.
  • The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

If you want to be part of a team working in a fun environment and learn what it takes to go from a great idea to a startup, sign up today for DCU UStart & Intel STEAM Challenge Hackathon.


Friday 20th – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October 2017


The Auditorium, DCU St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra Road Upper,
Dublin 9


6:00 pm, Friday 20th October


FREE DCU Student event

Open to first 100 DCU students to register!

NOTE : Refreshments, catering & meals are provided free all weekend

The DCU UStart & Intel STEAM CHALLENGE Hackathon Weekend is ultimate 3-day experience

About the ‘STEAM’ Challenge

For the DCU UStart STEAM Challenge Hackathon Weekend we Intel, we want DCU students to explore their artistic and creative sides in combination with “STEM” (Science – Technology – Engineering – Math) skillsets to generate new exciting and innovative new experiences or products.

We want students to show us how the Arts can interact with technological creativity by blending music, visual arts, performance arts and fashion with enabling technology.

Students will explore these artistic themes in diverse teams to create Aesthetic Objects, Environments or Experiences that improve the lives others, underpinned by Intel Technology.

Friday Evening: Pitch it

Pitch an idea, vote for your favorites, and form your team (or join someone else’s).

Saturday: Build it

Put your talents to work and build a real product, team, and brand for execution in the real world or even for just enhancing your University experience.

Sunday: Win it

Put final touches on your presentation and state your case to the Judges.

What you will get from the STEAM CHALLENGE Hackathon:

Get Inspired

Be influenced by the great ideas around you and learn what it takes to create a successful innovative solution in just 54 hours.

Expand Your Skillset

DCU UStart Hackathon Weekend provides opportunities to learn new skills and grow through problem solving and building solutions for the real world experience. The weekend is supported by a group of expert mentors, coaches, and judges to turn your innovation idea into a success.

Grow Your Network

Join innovators, creatives, entrepreneurs and developers from all programmes of DCU, in this frenzy of innovation.

Build Something Real

Put your talents to work and build a real product, team, and brand for execution in the real world.

Have Fun!

This event is fully catered and rooted in the entrepreneurial spirit of working hard and playing hard. Join us for an unforgettable weekend!

Who is STEAM CHALLENGE Hackathon Weekend for?

It doesn’t matter what you do or where you come from, if you are a DCU student then the DCU UStart Hackathon Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of great DCU students from together including…

  • aspiring & experienced DCU student entrepreneurs and visionaries
  • ‘non-technical’ DCU student talent (i.e. education, business & finance, media & communications science & health, humanities & social sciences etc.)
  • DCU student creatives and designers of all types
  • DCU student developers and other tech-related experts
  • DCU students looking to build new skills and enhance their CV
  • mature DCU students and lifelong learners

About the Intel Technology


Students will be given the Intel Genuino 101 and Marie Curie Module, which makes building the next amazing product easier. The Genuino 101 comprises powerful features that make creating projects simple, even for beginning makers.

Inside the Intel Genuino you will find a compute engine (Intel® Quark™ processor), motion and temperature sensors, Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth®LE) for communication, and a range of interfaces with a battery charge controller. The motion sensor is a six-axis combo sensor that includes a three-axis accelerometer and a threeaxis gyroscope; it measures acceleration and rotation in three axes.

Examples of what can be created using the Intel Genuino 101 kit

  • OTTO Music Splicer – Creates Music through pressure interaction.
  • Coke Can Piano – Combines Musical Performance with aluminum cans.
  • Indicator Biking Jackets – Makes biking safe using LED Lighting and fashion.
  • The Musical Trophy – Makes interacting with objects fun by detecting movement.
  • Mood Lamp – Creates ambiance based on music or digital stimuli.

About Intel in Ireland

Intel Ireland’s Leixlip campus, located in County Kildare, began operations in 1989. Since then, Intel has invested over $12.5 billion in turning the 360-acre former stud farm into one of the most technologically advanced manufacturing locations in Europe. The Leixlip campus is home to a semiconductor wafer fabrication facility which produces latest generation silicon microprocessors that are at the heart of a variety of platforms and technology advancements which are essential to the way we learn, live and work today.  Today, more than 4,500 people work at the Intel Leixlip campus.