What is BUILDS?

BUILDS is an inclusive group of students, artists, hackers, and organizers who believe in the do-it-yourself attitude and hacker ethic.

  • Come join our community, hang out, and be in good company!
  • We’re active on Facebook and IRC.
  • Meetings every Wednesday at 7:00 PM during the fall and spring semesters, but e-mail us if you’re new to make sure!

BUILDS is located at 111 Cummington Mall, Room B26, Boston, MA, 02215 in Boston University.

  • We’ll welcome you with open arms regardless of what you know and who you are!
  • You can drop us an e-mail at acm(at)bu(dot)edu.
  • Feel free to stop by the BUILDS room!

Sumara Ali


Xavier Ruiz

Vice President

Brandom Im


Jordan Nichols


Andrew James

Project Manager

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What is hacking?

The idea of hacking is learning and building upon existing ideas and reinventing systems.

Think of hacking as the opportunity to take things apart, fix, or improve upon those ideas or systems to learn and understand how they work.

No matter who you are, you can create art and something inspiring on a computer, electronics, and anything that you put your mind to.

If you feel strongly about an idea or want to learn about something, show your enthusiasm, be bold, and you’ll find people who share your passion of discovery and learning here at BUILDS!

The philosophy of the Hacker Ethic

  • Figure things out.
  • Improve what already exists.
  • Share the knowledge!
  • Mistrust authority.
  • Promote decentralization.