Supplyframe DesignLab: 2019 Hackaday Prize

A challenge for the creator in all of us.

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For The Creator In All Of Us - 2019 Hackaday Prize Overview

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This year’s Hackaday Prize is a global hardware design challenge focused on product development. In the final rounds we’ll be giving away $200,000. We've partnered with hardware community leaders, accelerators, incubators, and the Supplyframe DesignLab to help you develop products of all kinds.

Product development is all about making a solution to a problem both functional and intuitive to implement and acquiring the necessary skills to do so. Product, UX, Industrial design, ergonomics, software development, mechanical engineering is well within the reach of the amazing global hardware community. 

This is what Hackaday Prize is all about - enabling the creation of the next-generation hardware products and the companies around them.

The prize money is just the icing on the cake. What this is really about is taking the world in our hands and being the product designers who will create the future we really need. Join us in creating the future with the 2019 Hackaday Prize!


Launch 4/3/19

Bootstrap ends: 6/1/19

Final Submissions 8/25/19

Finalists Announced 9/9/19

Final Judging 10/1-11/1

Winners Announced at the 2019 Superconference (tentatively 11/16/2019)

The Hackaday Prize is in its 6th Year: Our History

In 2014 we launched The Hackaday Prize to our smart, talented, enthusiastic community of engineers, scientists, designers and creatives everywhere. Over 600 projects were created, and the winner, SatNOGS, now has a foundation where they are continuing the work they started here.

In 2015 we challenged the Hackaday community to use their superpowers again. The results told the story of nearly 900 Hackaday Prize entrants using their unique skills to make big changes in peoples' lives. 2015's Hackaday Prize winner, the Eyedrivomatic, directly impacted the lives of many with limited mobility.

In 2016, we had nearly 1,100 entries, and the Hackaday Prize winner was Dtto, a search and rescue robot, an open source project that will continue to be worked on at the Supplyframe Design Lab.

In 2017, the winner of the Hackaday Prize was Alex Williams, with an underwater explorer robot. Alex continued the work on his project at the Supplyframe Design Lab.

In 2018, the winner was Dexter, a 5 axis robotically controlled arm with insane precision. Dexter is now a product and a fledgling business located in Las Vegas, NV.

It is now time to start the 2019 Hackaday Prize. In keeping with the incredible hardware community, we hope to catalyze the next generation of hardware products.

  • Mentor Sessions

    Lutetium05/10/2019 at 22:20 1 comment

    Here's your chance to ask a professional mentor the hard questions about your Hackaday Prize entry...

    Let's get hacking! This year we've challenged you to take your Hackaday Prize entries to the next level, but we know prototyping isn't easy, especially in isolation. So we've created a space for you to ask one of our expert mentors questions about your entry. This is your opportunity to get one on one support and direct feedback, no matter what stage your project is in. The schedule will be updated every two weeks. 

    Space is limited so sign up today at: 

    Mentor Sessions Sign Up Form

    Mentor Bios:

    Bunnie Huang

    Co-founder, Chibitronics

    Bunnie is best known for his work hacking the Microsoft Xbox, as well as his efforts in designing and manufacturing open source hardware. His past projects include the chumby (app-playing alarm clock), chibitronics (peel-and-stick electronics for crafting), and the Novena (DIY laptop). He currently lives in Singapore where he runs a private product design studio, Kosagi, and actively mentors several startups and students of the MIT Media Lab.

    Mitch Altman

    Founder & CEO, Cornfield Electronics

    Mitch is the President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics and co-founder of the Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco. He also invented TV-B-Gone, co-founded a Silicon Valley startup, pioneered VR technology, is an author and teacher, and gives talks and workshops around the world. Mitch promotes hackerspaces, open source hardware, and mentors wherever he goes.

    Danielle Applestone

    CEO & Co-founder, Daughters of Rosie

    Danielle Applestone, PhD is CEO and co-founder of Daughters of Rosie, an organization helping women get hands-on jobs where they can grow, while also being the best source of diverse candidates for hardware and manufacturing companies. Prior to that, she was co-founder and CEO of Other Machine Co. (now Bantam Tools), a Berkeley-based manufacturer of desktop CNC machines.

    Andrew Zolty & Mattias Gunneras

    Co Founders, BREAKFAST NY

    Zolty and Gunneras are Co-founders of BREAKFAST, a studio of multidisciplinary artists and engineers that conceive, design, and fabricate high-tech contemporary art installations and sculptures. BREAKFAST has over 15 large-scale pieces that can be found in various museums, arenas, and lobby spaces throughout the world.

    Tyler Mincey

    VP of Engineering, Bolt

    Tyler is VP of Engineering at Bolt, a venture capital firm that invests in concept-stage companies building products at the intersection of software and the physical world. Previously, Tyler was VP of Product at Pearl Automation, and an engineering team leader at Apple in iPod/iPhone new product development.

    Erika Earl

    Audio Experience Engineer & Founder, EVIL

    Erika is working on the new frontier of spatial, immersive and interactive ambisonic audio. After working as Director of Hardware Engineering for Slate Companies and Head of Technology/Chief Tech for the Village Recording Studios, Erika co-founded Earl Virtual Innovation Lab, or EVIL Tech, and XR Creative to work with artists and engineers on the next generation of audio tech and experience design. When she’s not wielding a soldering iron or immersed in a VR headset, you will most likely find her spending time with her two little ones, writing songs, or volunteering in her community.

    Giovanni Salinas

    Product Development Engineer, DesignLab

    Giovanni is the Product Development Engineer at Supplyframe DesignLab. He has designed and developed hundreds of products, including consumer electronics, kitchenware, and urban furniture for the North American, European, Chinese and Latin American markets. Through his experience...

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  • All Rules

    Richard Hogben04/04/2019 at 18:58 0 comments


    1. SPONSOR. The Contest is sponsored by Supply Frame, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 61 S Fair Oaks Ave Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91105.

    2. ELIGIBILITY. Subject to the additional restrictions below, The Hackaday Prize (the “Contest”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec), the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Japan, India, South Africa, and wherever else the Contest is not prohibited or restricted by law. The Contest is not open to residents of Quebec, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, or any jurisdiction where the Contest would be restricted or prohibited by law. Participants must be at least 18 years of age (or the local age of majority where they live, if higher) at the time of registration, except that minors age 13 or older may participate by obtaining the consent of a parent or legal guardian as described below, as long as such participation is not prohibited or restricted by law where the minor lives.

    Projects that were selected as Semifinalists in previous presentations of The Hackaday Prize are not eligible for entry in this Contest, however, the contestants who developed those projects may enter with a substantially different project, provided they are otherwise eligible under these Official Rules.

    Existing projects, or projects that were entered in previous presentations of The Hackaday Prize but did not advance to at least the Semifinal round, are eligible for submission as entries in this Contest with the following restrictions:

    • 1. A new project page must be created.
    • 2. The project must be significantly different from when previously entered and show meaningful development during the course of the Contest.

    Internet access, a YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku account and personal and project page pages on are required to participate. Employees and contractors of Sponsor and the family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees and contractors, are not eligible to win. The term “family members” includes spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, grandchildren and in-laws, regardless of where they live.

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Enjoy this contest?



guillengap wrote 10/23/2019 at 23:14 point

Congratulations to the winners ... I ask the organizers of this prestigious contest to include MEXICO in the 2020 contest, otherwise I'll continue publishing my projects in contests of other blogs in which I've won prizes .. . Blessings

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Giovanni wrote 11/26/2019 at 03:17 point

It'sa worldwide contest. Everyone can participate except for a handful of regions and Mexico is not one of those.

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guillengap wrote 11/26/2019 at 05:57 point

Wonderful ... see you next year and have a nice day

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pedro velez wrote 03/12/2020 at 18:38 point

Really?  I didn't know that.. Oops

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Vittorio Loschiavo wrote 09/11/2019 at 05:03 point

Hi Marc, Yours is a beutiful project, you will see that will be able to get great rewards, do not be discouraged! do not give up!

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guillengap wrote 08/23/2019 at 03:19 point

Hello, I already published my project and I'm excited because this is the first time I have participated in this prestigious contest ... I wish my colleagues good luck, because we take our time to solve useful problems for humanity

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mras2an wrote 08/18/2019 at 20:06 point


I do not know if I can participate in the contest.

May you give me more information on "The purpose of the contest is to encourage participants to develop solutions to address technology issues facing humanity today."

If I submit an ecological system it answers to "solutions to address technology issues facing humanity today"?

If I submit a mixer (for sound) it DOES NOT answers to "solutions to address technology issues facing humanity today"?


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joseph wrote 06/02/2019 at 05:45 point

What time does the Bootstrap end?

People have been asking me and are hoping their vote will count

I told them I thought 12:00 midnight of June 1st West Coast 

Is that correct?

Not sure how current the leader board is, I have 141 on my project page, but show 136 on the board



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Sophi Kravitz wrote 05/31/2019 at 21:22 point

HI @efn 

There was an answer on @Jack Flynn question. He emailed his question, and we answered it.

Here is what we said:

We'd also love to see more people with profile pictures, but it is not a requirement to enter the Hackaday Prize or to be a part of the community. 

The purpose of the bootstrap portion of the contest is as written:
We have $10,000 we are giving away to fund the projects our community likes the most, literally. Promote your project and earn money! 

We are giving out seed money for "promoting your project".
The seed money is being distributed to people who are promoting their project. This does give an advantage to those who are popular on social media or are good at marketing. One of the benchmarks of the contest is about how well entrants communicate with the community. 

We consider cheating to be if one person makes a project, then makes several profiles themselves in order to like their own project.
We do not consider it cheating if one person makes a project, then convinces all of their classmates or friends to like the project.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 05/31/2019 at 21:24 point

We carefully look at all the project likes for cheating. In past years, we have disqualified projects from the Prize itself if they were found to have been cheating. What you see on the board may not be the final result.

cc: @efn @Squonk42 

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Squonk42 wrote 05/31/2019 at 15:54 point

What is going on with the 2019 Hackaday Prize Bootstrap?

All the sudden, there are projects getting a lot of likes from users following only this single project, with a profile just created within the last few days?!?

Judges should carefully review this before sending the money!

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Jack Flynn wrote 05/06/2019 at 12:54 point

I previously commented with this; "Is there some form of spam filtering to prevent the kind of scenario where a project is created in a group environment (let's say a school for example) which allows the project to ask the wider group (school friends) to sign up to Hackaday.ioand post the likes and then never use the site again. I know it's a popularity contest but perhaps only likes from profiles that have been active and produced atleast 1 comment should be considered? "

After further looking at other entries for the hackaday prize it seems there's a high number of projects with likes from accounts that have no profile pic and no interactions with the site. I'm sure if you look at the top 10 you'll notice this. There are a few projects, like the LED game cabinet one that obviously has had a great response from the genuine hackaday community and you can see that in the profiles that have liked the project. 

So again, what are hackaday doing to ensure that the seed funding is fairly distributed?

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Squonk42 wrote 05/31/2019 at 16:00 point

Totally agree! There seems to be scam "likes" all the sudden. It looks like some people are ready to do anything to get the reward! Watch out!

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 05/31/2019 at 21:25 point

We answered @Jack Flynn 's question via email, I've added to the top of the thread.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 05/06/2019 at 12:51 point

Hello! In order to get faster responses, please also email with your questions. Thanks!

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davedarko wrote 05/04/2019 at 15:42 point

is it possible to withdraw from the prize? I'm just not invested enough and have next to no spare time to spend on my project. 

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de∫hipu wrote 05/04/2019 at 18:58 point

If you mark your project as private, it will be removed from any contests you entered it into.

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PlayOctobo wrote 04/25/2019 at 18:49 point

If our repositories on GitHub are private, and we want to keep the privacy, what should we do about point 4 (link to any repositories)?

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/30/2019 at 23:48 point

hi @PlayOctobo you should link to your repositories so that your project is eligible. One way to do this is to keep the repos private until towards the beginning of judging, another way to do this is to put the relevant code in another file (text, not Github) and link to that. That way you can control the extraneous information.

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Jim wrote 04/23/2019 at 17:42 point

I'd like to interface the Tindle Rotary encoder directly to a PIC without any Arduino interface. Has anyone done that?

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/30/2019 at 23:48 point

Hi @Jim please post your question in the #Hack Chat - I think more people will be able to answer it there. 

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/22/2019 at 15:07 point

Someone asked me on PM if projects can be in draft mode and entered into the Prize. 

You can make a project private and it will not be entered into the Prize, and therefore be in draft mode. When you are ready to make the project public, you can then enter the Prize from the dropdown "submit to" button below the project image.

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bobricius wrote 04/16/2019 at 13:29 point

Stupid question for point 4 in rules

4. Link to any repositories (e.g., Github).

If I use only FILES section in project is acceptable or I need upload files to github?

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Richard Hogben wrote 04/19/2019 at 19:42 point

I think it just means that if any external repos exist, then link to them.

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ben wrote 04/14/2019 at 08:57 point

Hi!  I applied for the project and filled out a description - but we're not showing up on the LeaderBoard.  Was there a problem? Can it be fixed?

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Dusan Petrovic wrote 04/15/2019 at 10:56 point

Hi Ben! You need to submit your project to the 2019 Hackaday Prize from the "Submit project to" dropdown menu below your main project image. Good luck on the Prize!

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Maximiliano Rojas wrote 04/09/2019 at 22:44 point


I have a doubt, May I enter to this contest with a development of a sexual toy? Of course in the entry's logs no real demostration or nudes will be presented.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/16/2019 at 01:02 point

Hi Maximiliano,

Yes this is allowed. Thanks in advance for not posting nudes or porn!

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Maximiliano Rojas wrote 04/16/2019 at 01:42 point

you're welcome xD

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alireza safdari wrote 04/08/2019 at 00:57 point


Firstly, thank you for the awesome contest. I really like its direction.

I have a question regarding number of likes. Are all likes considered from the time that the project is created?

If the answer is yes, then the table showing number of likes on is not working correctly.

If the answer is no, could you elaborate?

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Amos wrote 04/08/2019 at 04:04 point

It appears that only _new_ likes are being counted.

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Lutetium wrote 04/08/2019 at 17:53 point

Yes this is correct, only likes since the contest started will be counted. 

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alireza safdari wrote 04/08/2019 at 20:59 point

Thank you for clarification. This means if we submit later, the likes from the date of contest will be counted, right?

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alireza safdari wrote 04/08/2019 at 23:42 point

After careful consideration, would not this be unfair for older project (not affecting me)? I think it would be unfair to let them carry all their likes from past but perhaps you can let them ask their like/followers to unlike and then like again and get counted. My humble opinion.

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Richard Hogben wrote 04/16/2019 at 20:18 point

Yes that might work. The spirit of the contest really starts from launch day and letting new people know about your projects. An existing follower base could help with that, I wouldn't count that as a disadvantage.

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Jack Flynn wrote 05/01/2019 at 07:32 point

Another question about likes. Is there some form of spam filtering to prevent the kind of scenario where a project is created in a group environment (let's say a school for example) which allows the project to ask the wider group (school friends) to sign up to and post the likes and then never use the site again. I know it's a popularity contest but perhaps only likes from profiles that have been active and produced atleast 1 comment should be considered? 

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Jack Flynn wrote 05/03/2019 at 15:19 point

@Sophi Kravitz  can you comment?

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uri.shani wrote 04/06/2019 at 19:46 point


The links on the leaderboard point to instead of (I suppose)

Just a heads up, hope to see it fixed.

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Lutetium wrote 04/08/2019 at 17:53 point

Thank you!

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mcu_nerd wrote 04/05/2019 at 13:58 point

I know the seed funding issue was up in the air for a bit on whether projects that weren't in the top 20 would receive money last year.  Will projects that are not in the top 20 this year receive seed money?

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Lutetium wrote 04/08/2019 at 17:54 point

Only projects in the top 20 will receive the bootstrap funding. 

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mcu_nerd wrote 04/08/2019 at 20:33 point

That's a major letdown :( Thanks for the answer.

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john larry wrote 04/04/2019 at 18:57 point

Hey all,

I recently built a run-of-the-mill 4s, 5" Martian with 2205s. It flies pretty great in general with stock BF pids. There's one small issue I'm having though. It's not very responsive on fast, tight manuevers.

I have a few trees at my house that I like to send it back and forth between for a bit of practice and as I start to roll and yaw to whip it around it just doesn't answer for a second. It just kind of hangs there stalling. I think the best way to describe it is I don't really have much, if any, fine-grained control. As in, near center stick there's not much response. Normally I do so it catches me by surprise, then I really have to push hard and it turns. It's much harder than I would expect with the rates I have and how it generally flies.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 04/04/2019 at 22:05 point

Hi John, more people will see your Qs if you post in the #Hack Chat  

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