FAQ for The Maker Games

For Students


The Maker Games are an exciting, fast-paced prototyping competition and course exclusive to UNSW students. Students form multi-disciplinary teams of up to 6 and work together to solve real-world industry challenges, set by our industry partners.

Yes, students choose which challenge they would like to solve. Team members should collectively review, consider and discuss the challenge options before selecting a challenge.

No. The challenges are set by the industry members and cannot be changed. Students can seek clarification on the challenges by emailing themakergames@unsw.edu.au.

Industry Mentors are fully aware that students are taking other courses.

However, Mentors expect students to commit at least 150 hours to The Maker Games - as would be expected for any other 6 UoC course (3 UoC in Term 2, 3 UoC in Term 3). The 150 hours includes all activities for this course.

The team budget for developing the prototype is $1000. Students can be reimbursed for sums up to a maximum amount of $1000, subject to providing the Faculty of Engineering with a valid tax receipt(s).

No textbooks are required for this course.

If there is any Background IP in the brief provided by the Sponsor, the Sponsor will continue to own that IP, but will permit students to use that IP for the purpose of the Course and the Competition.

It is a matter for a team to decide who/how IP ownership will be determined among themselves.


Undergraduate students must have completed 66 UOC by the beginning of Term 2, 2019. Postgraduate students must have completed 18 UOC.

Not every participant must enrol in ENGG3060. However, students must ensure that at least 3 members of their team are enrolled in this course in Term 2 & 3, 2020.

If this is not possible, please email themakergames@unsw.edu.au as soon as possible. It is students’ responsibility to ensure they are in a team where at least 3 other team members are enrolled in ENGG3060.

ENGG3060 assessments are team based. ENGG3060 is consistent with UNSW standards and will not exceed usual maximum group work contributions.

As long as 3 of the team members are taking ENGG3060 there will not be a problem. That way, even if a student not taking the course for credit decides to discontinue, there should be enough people working on the challenge to make it feasible.

In principle, ENGG3060 counts towards all Engineering disciplines’ professional elective lists. 

Exactly how ENGG3060 counts towards elective requirements in your discipline is at the discretion of your School’s Program Authority. When emailing the Program Authorities on this matter, please ensure Dr Ray Eaton (r.eaton@unsw.edu.au) is copied (cc’d).

There will be a small number of timetabled face-to-face meetings. These will largely consist of briefings and workshops on key aspects of the course.

Students are required to meet weekly with their assigned academic mentor and regularly with their industry mentor. However, the timings of these meetings can be negotiated to suit everyone involved. Students must also make themselves available each week on campus to work on the team’s prototype development and/or hold team meetings without their mentor. This timing can also be negotiated between the team (but subject to lab opening times).

A significant online collaboration commitment is also expected between mentor meetings. It is expected that the total face-to-face commitment will be approximately 1 to 2 hours per week.