The Hackaday Prize


This panel of expert judges is here because of you. They believe in the power of sharing knowledge and ideas. They believe in the power that Hackers, Designers, and Engineers have to change the world. Check out their backgrounds and the ways they're supporting the advancement of hardware development in their own endeavors.

Orbital Judges

The Orbital Judges join the Launch Judges for the final round. Five finalists will be ranked after one last push to polish up their designs.

Chris Anderson

I'm the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 I was the Editor in Chief of WiredMagazine. Before Wired I was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York.

I'm the author of the New York Times bestselling books The Long Tail and Free as well as the new Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.[...more]
I founded GeekDad, BookTour and a few other companies now lost in the mists of time.

My background is in science, starting with studying physics and doing research at Los Alamos and culminating in six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science.

In my misspent youth (more of my twenties than I should admit) I was a bit player in the DC punk scene and amusingly, a band called REM. You can read more about that here.

Awards include: Editor of the Year by Ad Age (2005). Named to the "Time 100," the newsmagazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2007). Loeb Award for Business Book of the Year (2007). Wired named Magazine of the Decade by AdWeek for my tenure (2009). Time Magazine's Tech 40 -- The Most Influential Minds In Technolgy (2013). Foreign Policy Magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers (2013).
3D Robotics DIY Drones

Launch Judges

The Launch Judges will follow the 30-50 entries which make it past the August 20th cutoff date. They are responsible for deciding which five projects will be advanced to the final round. They will also decide the order of the final five along with the Orbital Judges mentioned above.

Limor "Ladyada" Fried

Limor "Ladyada" is a MIT engineer, open source hardware and software pioneer and entrepreneur. She is the founder of the educational electronics company, Adafruit. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. [...more] Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine, an EFF Pioneer Award recipient for open-source software & hardware and was recently awarded Entrepreneur magazine's Entrepreneur of the year. +Ladyada

Jack Ganssle

Jack Ganssle in an internationally-recognized embedded systems engineer, author and speaker. He designed some of the very first embedded systems. He started three high tech companies, built or managed the development of over 100 embedded systems, and now advises companies, lectures, and writes about embedded systems. [...more] He was the only embedded person on NASA's Super Problem Resolution Team, created by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board to harness the expertise of highly-respected people from outside the agency. He has worked on many classified government projects and has held various clearances, including Top Secret/Special Intelligence.

Joe Grand

Joe Grand, also known as Kingpin, is a computer engineer, hardware hacker, electronics designer, runner, daddy, honorary doctor, TV host, member of L0pht Heavy Industries, and the proprietor of Grand Idea Studio.

Andrew "Bunnie" Huang

Andrew "bunnie" Huang is an American hacker, who holds a Ph.D in electrical engineering from MIT and is the author of the freely available 2003 book Hacking the Xbox: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering.[1] Huang is also a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. As of 2012 he resides in Singapore. bunnie's blog

Dave Jones

David L. Jones is an electronics design engineer based in Sydney Australia. Dave started out in hobby electronics over 30 years ago and since then has worked in such diverse areas as design engineering, production engineering, test engineering, electro-mechanical engineering, that wacky ISO quality stuff, [...more] field service, concept design, underwater acoustics, payment systems, security systems, ceramic sensors, military sonar systems, red tape, endless paperwork trails, environmental testing, embedded firmware and software application design, PCB design (he’s CID certified), power distribution systems, ultra low noise and low power design, high speed digital design, telemetry systems, and too much other stuff he usually doesn’t talk about or can’t remember. +EevblogDave

Ian Lesnet

Ian blogged about his hardware hacks at Instructables, then later at DIY Life and Hack a Day. In 2009 he started Dangerous Prototypes and teamed up with Seeed Studio to make copies of his project available to everyone. Ian has a background in design and city planning.

Jeroen "Sprite_TM" Domburg

Hi, I'm Sprite_tm aka Jeroen. I've always been interested in anything that goes on in the place where hardware meets software, and I've done my share of hacking the devices that go with that; either re-purposing or 'upgrading' existing devices or building them from scratch. I run a website,, [...more] where I document most of the projects I do. You may have seen some of my work flashing by on Hackaday too.

Elecia White

I have shipped dozens of projects from DNA scanners to children's toys to an FAA certified airplane system. I've made simple embedded systems (so many projects seem to be LEGO blocks: processor, sensor, some software algorithms, connect to USB, Bluetooth or WiFi). I also enjoy projects with more complicated math [...more] (signal processing, machine learning, control loops). For example, I worked at ShotSpotter, identifying gunshots in the midst of busy city soundscapes.

I've been an engineer, a manager, and a director. While the others roles were interesting and rewarding, I prefer hands-on engineering: architecture and implementation. I am founder of Logical Elegance, Inc., a consulting company focusing on embedded software. I wrote Making Embedded Systems for O'Reilly. I’m easily amused but care deeply about the application and users of the products I work on. Making Embedded Systems

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