The Hackaday Prize 2016 Frequently Asked Questions

A contest log for The 2016 Hackaday Prize

The 2016 Hackaday Prize

Liz KraneLiz Krane 04/28/2016 at 17:380 Comments

>>> See the full official rules here:

What is considered an entry?

Put simply, you need an idea, and image, and documentation. To start you simply talk about a technology problem facing people today and your idea of what a solution might be. Yes, you can enter the contest with just an idea and be eligible selected to move to the final round. This is what Challenge 1 is all about.

Challenge two is for those who don't like to be tied down. Build anything you want to solve the problem you have chosen. Bask in your own creativity.

Those who prefer more constraints will excel in Challenges 3, 4, and 5 which tackle specific themes.

What are the 5 Challenges? When do they start/end?

Each of the 5 Challenges are a 5-week first round from which 20 entries will advance to the final round.

How many Challenges do I need to participate in?

You must participate in at least one challenge to be eligible for the final round. We encourage you to participate in more but it is not required.

Is it possible to win more than one challenge?

Yes. The same Project Profile may be entered in any or all of the challenge rounds using the "Submit Project To..." menu found on your project page. Projects should adhere to the theme of the challenge so you may also consider entering several projects in different rounds.

How do I see which projects have already been entered?

Check out this full list of official entries.

How much of my Project Profile will I be judged upon?

All parts of your project will be judged. We recommend you start with a brief summary to provide an overall understanding of your project. From there, explain each part in detail, adding images and diagrams as needed. A video is only required for the final round, but if you want to make one to help walk through your project that is a great idea.

What does "open" actually mean?

Open refers to how much you have documented about your project and how much you will make available to the public when you push your project out into the world. Optimally, we would like to see open source drivers, hardware, and development tools; the final project would also be licensed as open source (using the wide range of licenses that are possible). This is a judging preference, so providing design files in a format that uses open source tools (and therefore allows others to easily use or modify them), will help you with the best chance of edging out your competition.

What are the judges using as criteria for who moves on to the final round?

You must complete the minimum entry requirements for the Challenge. Your entry will be judged on the following criteria:

Can I enter if I'm under 18 years old?

Minors between 13 and 18 are eligible to enter the 2016 Hackaday Prize.

When you enter as a team of collaborators, there is a link “younger than 18” next to the check box (see image below). When you click that link, it brings you to a parental consent form link (dropbox), which you should have a parent fill out and then upload using the “choose file” button below.

How is the community vote challenge for Round 1 calculated?

Projects entered into Challenge Round 1 will receive $1 for each “like” on their Project Profile, up to a limit of $200 for each project. You can see the full leaderboard of projects with the most "likes" here:

If you have more questions, please email us at We look forward to seeing your projects!