What You're Making

Throughout the COVID-19 health crisis healthcare workers faced critical shortages in PPE created by supply chain disruptions and shortages. Jersey City Rapid Maker Response Group, as well as other groups like them around the country, proved that by quickly deploying 3D-printing capabilities and then extending those capabilities through rapid manufacturing - they were able to scale from producing 1,000 face shields a week to 10,000 face shields a day, both at a fraction of traditional pricing.

We have reached out to leaders in the tech, manufacturing and 3D-printing communities to form a community-led virtual make-athon.  Our collective goal is to continue to bring bright minds together to develop 3D-printing, manufacturing and community-based engineering solutions to address the ongoing needs surrounding supply chain disruptions in emergent and healthcare settings.  We are also focused on sustainability around manufacturing and reuse of PPE.

The Hack Categories


Single-use PPE results in significant plastic waste, both in the production process and after use by frontline workers.  

Research and develop methodology for reducing waste in our production process, or for shields that are donated and used once.


Covid-19 necessitates widespread PPE usage by the public. This means things like comfort, wearability, ability to communicate, affordability to produce and distribute, and compatibility with wearables like glasses or earbuds are now factors in PPE design.   

Design shields or PPE that can be used by schools, commuters, or businesses to resume day-to-day life.


Our long-term vision, formulated these past months as we learned on the ground, is to develop modular/mobile manufacturing “labs” that can be easily deployed in healthcare, emergent, and potentially educational settings.  Some things to think about with this hack - what technologies would be best suited for your solution that could include cleanable and reusable.  This category is not limited to 3D printing, and can include laser cutting or other manufacturing processes. 

With functionality around storage, equipment performance, power supply, and ease of use in mind - design one with your team.


Deadline to register is July 10, 2020 at 12PM EST


JULY 10 @ 6PM

We’ll start things off with a Zoom call at 6pm with our panelists/judges. Meet the teams, meet the group at JCRMRG and present your initial idea.


JULY 10 @ 6PM - JULY 13 @9AM



JULY 13 - JULY 15



  • Attendees from all backgrounds, genders, and geographies are welcome. There is no age restriction to attend the hackathon. In case you are under 18, your parents/legal guardian should contact the hackathon to request a waiver authorizing you to participate.
  • JCRMRG members are not eligible to participate in the hackathon. They may, however, assist teams s mentors during the development phase.
  • There is no country restriction but you must be eligible to receive prizes (in case you win) and you are responsible for paying any taxes on the prize winnings.


  • All teams should be registered with Devpost.
  • The teams should have the following:
    • A team captain
    • All team members will be listed with:
      • Abstract of the project
      • The hackathon category
      • Tools used to build the project
      • A link to a video of the application
      • Pictures, diagrams or mock ups of the product
      • All team members names should appear in the final presentation
  • All projects should be submitted via Devpost
  • All the projects selected by the judges as finalists will be reviewed to confirm the work is original work and all components and assets conform to the licenses allowed in these rules.

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,500 in prizes

First Prize

First place team will receive $3,500 in cash, unrestricted licenses for Solidworks, and 2 spools of filament from Prusa.

Second Prize

Second place team will receive $2,500 in cash, unrestricted licenses for Solidworks, and 2 spools of filament from Prusa.

Third Prize

Third place team will receive $1,500 in cash, unrestricted licenses for Solidworks, and 2 spools of filament from Prusa.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


David Zimmerman

David Zimmerman
Director of Technology Commercialization | Stevens Venture Center

Tali Rosman

Tali Rosman
General Manager and Vice President of 3D Printing at Xerox

Justin Handsman

Justin Handsman
Founder | jcrmrg.org

Nora Toure

Nora Toure
Founder | Women In 3D Printing

Chris Frangione

Chris Frangione
COO | TechUnited:NJ

Thomas Murphy

Thomas Murphy
Senior Product Manager | Shapeways

Michael Burghoffer

Michael Burghoffer
President & CEO | PicoSolutions

Alda Leu Dennis

Alda Leu Dennis
General Partner | Initialized Capital

Robert Rinderman

Robert Rinderman

Judging Criteria

    Were engineering skills/technological skills demonstrated? Is the concept/idea technically feasible?
    Does it/will it work? Was there attention to aesthetic quality? Is the final product useful, wearable, or easily constructed and used?
    Does the solution help to solve a problem?   How does it help meet a need or provide a unique solutions?  How can it improve life/health/solve current problems? What is the ability of the solution to disrupt the current market?
    How well does the solution meet a customer/institutional needs? What is the potential to build a company out of the solution presented? Is there a clear pathway to success for the hacker?
    Is the video presentation clear? Do the visuals support the main idea/concept? Is the potential for adoptability/utilization clear enough to help position the hacker for commercialization/funding opportunities?
    Is the idea, product, or concept exciting? Would it compel others to join the business tomorrow? Would the idea/concept compel the judges/mentors be to help mentor/promote/connect the final idea with the resources to help the team succeed?  

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