Before listing those few requirements you do need to meet, think on this: We were inspired by the examples from our last casual contest. We asked the community to build a project inspired by Science Fiction and we were overjoyed with what you came back with. The concepts for the projects are fantastic because the hackers weren’t constrained by a task to solve, or a price-point to hit. But almost every one of them could have been an entry for The Hackaday Prize.
Think BIG, don’t put yourself in a corner.
The only requirements you really have to
hit are quite simple:
- You must actually build something
- It must transmit data to and/or from another device (computer, phone, duplicate/variation of your device, etc). This could be over the Internet, or using any other method of your choosing.
- Our main requirements have to do with documentation. This includes lists of parts, schematics, images, and videos. Remember, Openness is a Virtue.
- Register your free account on Hackaday.io and start a new Project where you will document the hardware you are building for your entry
- Add anyone helping with the entry as Collaborators on that project page
- Add the tag “TheHackadayPrize” to your project
- Post a YouTube video which is no longer than 2 minutes that describes and demonstrates your entry. Tag the video “TheHackadayPrize”
- Semifinalists and Finalists will be asked to make additional videos with a 5-minute time limit
- Make sure to add an “External Link” on your Projects page to your YouTube videos and vice versa
- Add schematics, artwork, and renderings as needed.
Who Can Enter
Anyone over the age of 13 may enter this contest, but minors will need their parent’s consent to do so. Residents of these area are specifically excluded from entry: Italy, Quebec, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, or any jurisdiction where the Prize would be restricted or prohibited by law.
Please read The Official Rules for comprehensive eligibility.
Basic Judging Criteria
- How “Open” is the design? Preference will be given to projects that exhibit depth of Open Hardware and Open Source Software
- “Wow” factor: is the entry innovative, is the build impressive?
- Is the entry a connected device and is that “connectedness” meaningful to the function?
- Is the project reproducible and could the work be extended for other uses?
- Does the entry exhibit engineering innovation?
- Is there an intuitive interface? (is the entry usable in the real world?)
- Is it/could it be manufacturable? (applicable in final round)
The Hackaday Prize is open for entries beginning Monday, April 28th, 2014
All first round entries must be received by 11:50pm Pacific Time on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
- Small rewards will be given throughout this period based on the “cool factor” as measured by the community weigh-in.
- At the end of this period, elimination rounds will begin. A large panel of Hackaday staff will consider all entries and forward 30-50 of the top offerings to next round. Rewards will be distributed to the best offerings that don’t make the cut.
- Semi-Finalists who make this round will have from 8/25/14-09/29/14 to refine their entries and the documentation. Make a new video of no more than 5 minutes, flesh out your Bill of Materials, post your schematics, and get to work on art/renderings of what the final product should look like.
- The Expert Judging Panel will begin to evaluate entries on 09/29/14 and will forward five finalists to the next round.
- The final five will have about 1 month to finish their designs and polish the project documentation. Make a final video of no more than 10 minutes showing off all that you have accomplished, publish everything you can about the project, and sing the praises of your work from the hilltops.
Everything on this page is meant to be human readable. This boiled-down version is subject to change. So if you’re getting serious about winning The Hackaday Prize you simply must read The Official Rules.
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