What is Build18?

Build18 is an annual freestyle tinkering festival held by Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Every January, approximately 200 students form teams to complete an electronics project in a week’s time. Build18 serves as an intellectual playground for the brightest and most creative of Carnegie Mellon’s students. The event’s mission is to provide students with a risk-free environment to pursue personal engineering challenges, where the only limiting factor to creation is their own ingenuity.


Why donate to Build18

Carnegie Mellon University has one of the top electrical and computer engineering programs in the nation. Students who choose to participate in Build18 are the ones for whom engineering is a passion, not just a major.

  • Build18 sponsors get the chance to interact with the Build18 participants throughout Build Week and attend the Build18 Project Symposium and all other associated events. Therefore, Build18 serves as a filtering mechanism to help companies find talented students.
  • Build18 allows companies to familiarize themselves with the next generation of tinkerers. It is a well-known fact that engineers choose products they are familiar with over ones they have never used, and this generation of students is the next generation of managers making corporate decisions and purchases.
  • All Build18 supporters are recognized for their contributions in Build18 advertising materials, website, and on the official Build18 t-shirt.

Why we need you

  • Build18 is entirely student-run and primarily supported by corporate sponsors.
  • Without adequate sponsor support, Build18 cannot accommodate all students interested in participating.
  • By contributing to the Build18 project fund, sponsors provide teams with the essential parts and materials needed in order to complete their projects.

How to donate to Build18

The best way to support Build18 is with a contribution to the Build18 project fund, please see the support levels outlined below. Build18 usually takes place in mid-January and the deadline to submit a contribution is early December. Donations are still accepted after this date, but your company will not appear on the t-shirt. However, your company will still appear on the website and all media during Build Week. For further details about how to submit a contribution to the Build18 donation fund, please contact us.

Build18 support levels

  • 4-bit supporters ($500 - $1,499)
    • Opportunity to have name on the Build18 t-shirt and promotional materials
    • Opportunity to send engineers/recruiters to Build18 events
    • Ability to host a Tech Tutorial during the Fall semester
  • 8-bit supporters ($1,500-$2,499)
    • Opportunity to provide a company branded award or prize to a team at the Build18 Banquet
    • Ability to bring or send company swag to Build18 events
  • 16-bit supporters ($2,500 - $4,999)
    • Company will receive a resume book of Build18 participants
  • 32-bit supporters ($5,000 - $7,499)
    • Company will be provided with a table at the Build18 Demo Day, either for recruiting or product demonstrations
    • Banner at Demo Day with company name
  • 64-bit supporters ($7,500+)
    • Ability to host a recruitment event and/or Tech Talk during Build Week (limited spots)
  • SIMD/128-bit supporters (Top Sponsor, $15,000+)
    • Banner at the Build18 Banquet
    • Opportunity to provide the Keynote at Build18 Banquet

Want all this in writing? Download our supporter packet. For a standalone document summarizing the support levels, download our support levels summary.