Enlightened Raspberry Pi Contest

Build and Document Awesome Raspberry Pi Projects, Win Fabulous Prizes

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 08:00 am PDT - Wednesday, November 9, 2016 09:00 pm PDT Local time zone:
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Welcome to Hackaday's Enlightened Raspberry Pi Contest. This contest is all about building and documenting great projects with everyone's favorite Linux powered single board computer, the Raspberry Pi.

Elightened Raspberry Pi Contest rules:

  • Contest entry deadline is 9pm PT Tuesday, November 8 2016
  • This contest is open to any Raspberry Pi branded board.
  • Projects must fill out the description, details, instructions, components, and build instructions.
  • Projects must be open source. Source code, schematics, and board layouts for the project software must be either posted in the files section, or include a link to a public repository such as Github.
  • All entries will be judged by Hackaday staff and at least eight (8) finalists will be chosen.
  • Finalists will be judged by VIP judges for final ranking.
  • Hackaday Staff, Employees of SupplyFrame, Judges or the family of any of the preceding are not eligible to take part in this contest. Everyone is still encouraged to build awesome stuff and show it off though.

Judging Criteria:

  • Can the entry be followed by someone with a moderate skill level? Projects should be documented so a person of moderate skill level could implement them. See below for a definition of moderate skill level.
  • How complete is the entry? Projects don’t have to be complete or working to enter, however those which are finished and working by the deadline may be judged higher.
  • How complete is the guide?
  • How novel or interesting is the entry?

Words of Advice:

In preparing your entry, we suggest organizing your guide with the following in mind:

  • Give us your one-sentence explanation as the "project description"
  • The bulk of the guide should be presented in the "project details". Make use of the formatting tools
  • Fill out the "project instructions" with the general roadmap for completing the guide. In-depth parts of the tutorial can be shared as project logs -- link to those from here and from the project details if need be.
  • Add images to the gallery of your project page. Do so by clicking "Edit Project" in the upper right of your project page. It's also nice to add images within project details and project logs.
  • Add links to your code repo, videos, etc. These are also added though the "Edit Project" screen and will appear in the left sidebar of your project page.

What is a Moderate Skill Level?

Projects should be documented so a person of moderate skill level could implement them. What’s a moderate skill level? Someone who knows their way around an Arduino, and they’re conversational with a Raspberry Pi -- Assume they understand basic wiring/C/Python. They know how to breadboard and solder. They also know how to download and flash an OS image onto a microSD card, and run simple linux utilities like nano. Beyond that, you have to show them.

We’re not asking you to re-invent the wheel here - if your project requires PIP, you can always link to a PIP tutorial.

Example project

Check out an example project right here: Building Schrödinger's Cat

Good Luck!

  • And The Winners Are....

    Adam Fabio11/18/2016 at 04:03 0 comments

    As posted on the blog....

    The Enlightened Raspberry Pi Contest wrapped up last week. As soon as the contest closed, Hackaday’s crack team of judges jumped on the case. Every entrant was carefully reviewed. This was no easy feat! The field of 168 projects included both new concepts and old favorites. All of them were designed, built and documented with care. After all the votes were counted, 8 finalists rose to the top and were sent to [Matt Richadrson], [Ken Shirriff], and [Alvaro Prieto], our VIP judges, for the final ranking.

    Each and every project creator deserves recognition for not only building an awesome project, but documenting it on so others can build, modify, and enjoy their own versions. Without further ado, here are the winners of the Enlightened Raspberry Pi Contest!

    Grand Prize

    pixecamGrand Prizegoes to [nick.r.brewer] with PIX-E Gif Camera. [Nick] has created a camera which can shoot animated GIF files, a mainstay of the internet since the 90’s. The camera’s 3D printed case takes us back to the days of disposable 35mm shooters. Alvaro said “Love the combination of written instructions with photos and time-lapse videos of the assembly process. If I were to try to put this together, I know I’d have everything I need to know available on the site.”
    [Nick] will be taking home a Pi-Top Raspberry Pi powered Laptop.

    First Prize

    mearm-piFirst prizeFirst prize goes to [Ben Pirt] and [Ben Gray], collectively known as Mime industries, for MeArm Raspberry Pi Edition. [Ben and Ben] improved upon the well-known MeArm. They simplified the design, reducing the screw count from 40 to 12. More importantly they added a Raspbery Pi and a joystick controller hat. Ken had this to say:

    “This robot arm project is very polished, consisting of both the mechanical design and software. The step-by-step construction instructions are clear and easy to follow. The mechanical design is well though out, with pieces that snap together nicely.”

    [The Bens] have won a Pi-Top Ceed all in one Pi Powered computer for the Mime industries offices.

    Second Prize

    bypassingSecond PrizeSecond prize goes to [Solenoid] with Bypassing TV broadcasting restrictions. [Solenoid’s] father can’t watch many of his favorite television channels due to geographical restrictions in their native Switzerland. [Solenoid] has created a device which receives RF broadcasts, then retransmits them over the internet. Matt said:

    “This project thoroughly explained the software setup, something that is often rushed through in other projects.”

    [Solenoid] wins an Adafruit 32×32 RGB Matrix Setup. We’re hoping he uses it as a low-res (1024 pixel!) TV viewer to go along with his project.

    The Remaining 8 Finalists:

    We’re happy to award five more prizes to round out the top eight eintries.

    We’d like to congratulate all the winners, as well as thank everyone who entered the contest. The fun doesn’t end here though. The Enlightened Raspberry Pi Contest was the first of a series of contests here at Hackaday. We’re already teasing the next contest, The 1kB Challenge. Look for an official launch post on Monday!

  • Judging Begins!

    Adam Fabio11/11/2016 at 17:18 0 comments

    The contest deadline has come and gone. First a huge thank you to the creators who worked long hours on 168 different projects. The judges are now reviewing the entries. Keep an eye on the blog and this space next week for an announcement of the winners.

    Thanks again to everyone!

  • Prizes!

    Adam Fabio10/03/2016 at 04:34 0 comments

    Grand Prize: A Pi-Top! Take your Raspberry Pi on the road with this Pi Powered Laptop.

    First Prize: The All in one Pi-Top Ceed

    Second Prize: Adafruit 32x32 RGB Matrix Setup

    Third Prize: Raspberry Pi Official 7" LCD Touchscreen

    Fourth Prize: Pi Camera and Pi NoIR camera combo

    Fifth Prize: PiTFT Plus 480x320 3.5" TFT+Touchscreen

    Sixth Prize: Raspberry Pi V3

    Seventh Prize: Raspberry Pi Sense HAT

    Eighth Prize: Raspberry Pi Camera V2

  • Judges!

    Adam Fabio10/03/2016 at 01:55 0 comments

    We've got some great VIP judges for this contest

    alvaro[Alvaro Prieto] is a Firmware/Electrical engineer who works on electronics for work and for fun. Previously worked at TI, Apple, and Planet. You’ve seen him hacking micro quadcopters, and as a presenter at the 2015 Hackaday Supercon,


    [Matt Richardson] is a Product Evangelist for the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi. We’ve seen [Matt] building heads up displays for bicycles, and removing celebrity gossup from our TV’s.

    [Ken Shirriff] writes a popular blog ( on reverse engineering everything from chargers to microprocessors. Ken was formerly a programmer at Google and has a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley. We’ve covered his microprocessor work as well as his teardowns of knockoff laptop chargers. In addition to being a most excellent Judge for the Elightened Rasberry Pi contest, you can hear [Ken] speak about his work reverse-engineering silicon in his talk at the 2016 Hackaday Superconference.

View all 4 contest logs

Enjoy this contest?



PhilMo6 wrote 11/12/2016 at 06:19 point

Can we continue to update are projects while judging is going on?

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Arya wrote 11/12/2016 at 06:41 point

I've asked this question and got told by @Sophi Kravitz that DB got frozen when contest ended. Thus, the answer is - you can, but it's not going to reflect on the copy the judges will receive.

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PhilMo6 wrote 11/12/2016 at 19:39 point

Makes sense! Thanks for the reply

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Ricardo Ferro wrote 11/12/2016 at 01:04 point

Whats the right license to use on the project?

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Arya wrote 11/12/2016 at 06:42 point

Our team at #Raspberry Pi project is working on a Raspberry Pi License now. We think it would be a suitable license for every project listed here, so we'll update you and everybody else as soon as we'll publish it.

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Ricardo Ferro wrote 11/12/2016 at 06:46 point

ok thank you.

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Petru Marginean wrote 11/11/2016 at 15:59 point

When should we expect the results?

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shane bourgeois wrote 11/11/2016 at 02:52 point

What happens now?

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davedarko wrote 11/08/2016 at 20:29 point

"9pm PT Tuesday, November 8 2016"  vs.  "Wednesday, November 9, 2016 09:00 pm PDT"

I'm confused - PT isn't a timezone, but PST is equal to UTC−8, where PDT is equal to UTC−7.
So when is it over? And if so, how many?

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 11/08/2016 at 21:07 point

we just hit PST since it was daylight savings last weekend

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 11/08/2016 at 21:09 point

So that is a typo: the contest is over Wed Nov 9th at 9:00pm PST

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davedarko wrote 11/08/2016 at 21:40 point

cool, so that makes "Donnerstag, 6 Uhr morgens" for me. so maybe I'll get some hacking done tomorrow :)

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 11/08/2016 at 03:52 point

I translated Matt Richardson's book to French, some years ago, I hope this does not disqualifies me.

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Adam Fabio wrote 11/08/2016 at 05:58 point

You're fine Yann - no problem with translations. 

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ianlee74 wrote 10/31/2016 at 01:58 point

The first paragraph ends by saying the Raspberry Pi is "Linux powered single board computer". Are Windows IoT Core powered projects permitted?

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Adam Fabio wrote 11/07/2016 at 17:20 point

Yes - windows IoT core is allowed. 

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Maksim Surguy wrote 10/20/2016 at 17:00 point

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sitenginpro wrote 10/18/2016 at 14:59 point

i love this. write about this on my site

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 10/14/2016 at 21:45 point

We have a chatroom for Raspberry Pi! Join here:

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RoGeorge wrote 10/06/2016 at 09:22 point

Seriously? A RPi cat in a box project? You raised the bar to high, guys!

There is no fair play in using a cuteness overload attack.

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Adam Fabio wrote 10/07/2016 at 16:51 point

You can always go with Bunnies in a box!

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Alain Mauer wrote 10/05/2016 at 21:09 point

Is it possible, to enter more than one project?

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Adam Fabio wrote 10/07/2016 at 16:51 point

Sure - multiples are fine

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jareklupinski wrote 10/05/2016 at 17:55 point

Can my raspberry pi enter itself?

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Adam Fabio wrote 10/05/2016 at 20:54 point

If your Pi can pass a Turing test, then go for it!

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TheBestJohn wrote 10/05/2016 at 17:26 point

Can I enter my recipe for raspberry pie?

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Adam Fabio wrote 10/05/2016 at 20:52 point

If your recipe includes a Raspberry Pi board in the ingredients list, then sure. I'm not sure I would want to eat it though. 

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deʃhipu wrote 10/05/2016 at 08:23 point

Can I enter a project started a year ago?

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Adam Fabio wrote 10/05/2016 at 14:58 point

absolutely! It doesn't have to be a brand new project for this contest.

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Christoph wrote 10/05/2016 at 06:34 point

Can I enter a recently started, yet still unfinished project? 

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Adam Fabio wrote 10/05/2016 at 14:57 point


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Christoph wrote 10/05/2016 at 19:53 point


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RoGeorge wrote 10/06/2016 at 09:27 point

Go to your project page, click on the "Submit project to", then select "Enlightened Raspberry Pi"

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