Supplyframe DesignLab: 2020 Hackaday Prize

A worldwide hardware design challenge focused on globally impactful innovation.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 07:00 am PST - Monday, August 31, 2020 07:00 am PST Local time zone:
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2020 Hackaday Prize Overview

Main Website :: Official Rules :: FAQ 

Challenges :: Dream Team Grants :: Mentor Sessions

Let's get innovative hardware into the hands of those who need it most. 

This year, we are partnering with leading nonprofits to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems across conservation, disaster relief, renewable resources, and assistive devices. The Hackaday Prize connects you to engineers, expert mentors, and other powerful resources to develop dynamic solutions for those who need it most. We’ll be giving away over $200,000 in grand prizes, microgrants, and bootstrap funds. We've partnered with four nonprofits: CalEarth, Field Ready, Conservation X Labs, and The United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles (UCPLA), to develop challenges for the open source hardware community.


Launch 5/19/2020

Dream Team Applications Close 6/2/2020

Dream Team Selections Announced 6/5/2020

Community Vote (Bootstrap) ends 7/6/2020

Final Submissions 8/31/2020

Finalists Announced 9/7/2020

Finalists Close 10/5/2020

Winners Announced on or around 11/6/2020


The Hackaday Prize is in its 7th 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 those living with limited mobility.

In 2016, we had nearly 1,100 entries, and the Hackaday Prize winner was Dtto, a search and rescue robot. It's also an open source project that continues its journey 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.

Last year, in 2019, FieldKit won the grand prize, and has continued to push the boundaries of open source environmental sensing with their organization Conservify.  

It is now time to start the 2020 Hackaday Prize. In keeping with the incredible hardware community, we hope to catalyze the next generation of socially innovative open source hardware.

Thank you to our Sponsors: 

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  • 2020 Hackaday Prize Winners

    Lutetium11/16/2020 at 16:29 0 comments

    Best All Around ($50k)

    The BYTE

    Conservation X Labs

    Best ($10k)

    Solar Scare Mosquito 2.0

    Honorable Mention ($3k)


    Field Ready 

    Best ($10k)


    Honorable Mention ($3k)



    Best ($10k)

    Wearable, Soft Robotic Exoskeleton Gloves

    Honorable Mention ($3k)

    Magpie MIDI - An Adaptive MIDI/Interface Harmonica


    Best (10k)

    Propel-E 450 | A very powerful windturbine

    Honorable Mention ($3k)

    WinDIY - HAWT Wind turbine

    Wildcard ($5k)


  • 2020 Hackaday Prize Finalists

    Lutetium09/09/2020 at 19:14 8 comments

    Congratulations to the 2020 Hackaday Prize Finalists!


    Propel-E 450 | A very powerful windturbine

    WinDIY - HAWT Wind turbine

    Reflecting the sun into your home

    Libre Solar -Building Blocks for DC Energy Systems

    Low Cost NFT Hydroponic Garden (under $250)

    Lighting Color Control with Commodity Lamps

    Conservation X Labs

    Aquametric - Cellular based stream monitors

    Aruna - ROV

    Solar Scare Mosquito 2.0

    Intelligent Wildlife Species Detector



    Field Ready


    ResQ Search and Rescue Tools


    UV Curing Chamber


    Collapsible UV LED Lamp


    Hoverboards for Assistive Devices

    Open assistive robotic arm for meal

    RX-Modulus (Completely Modular Mouse)

    The BYTE

    Magpie MIDI - An Adaptive MIDI/Interface Harmonica

    Wearable, Soft Robotic Exoskeleton Gloves



    DIY hobby servos quadruped robot


    Sky Anchor WiFi Drone with AP brings the GIG

    SOLO, A Universal Motor Controller


    Arduino controlled photogrammetry 3D-scanner

    ARMAWATCH & ARMACHAT - long range radio messengers

    JBC soldering station

    DP Ventilator

    By 07:00 a.m. P.D.T. on October 5, 2020, each finalist must complete the
    following steps:

    i. Build a working prototype of your project.
    ii. Create a video, between two (2) minutes and five (5) minutes in length that shows
    a working prototype. The video should describe the challenge it addresses and
    demonstrate how it facilitates the solution. The video does not need to be “studio
    quality,” but it should “sell” the project to non-technical viewers. Upload the video
    to YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku and tag the video with the keyword: HackadayPrize. Add the video link to the “Contest Entry Videos” section of your Project Profile
    found by clicking “Edit Project”. Here is a graphic example of the video link
    submission section:
    iii. Project Profile: On the Project Profile:
    a. Link to the video
    b. Post high-resolution photos of the project inside and out
    c. Update and add detail to information entered during the Entry Round
    d. Show at least ten (10) Project Log updates
    e. Post a components list that is complete with a bill of materials for one unit
    f. Post complete schematics and documented input and output requirements
    and specifications for your module/design

  • Community Vote (Bootstrap) Winners

    Lutetium07/23/2020 at 01:47 14 comments
  • Dream Teams

    Lutetium07/02/2020 at 21:14 0 comments

    After a comprehensive selection process, we are proud to present our 2020 Dream Teams! Follow along each team's journey through their project pages linked here:

    Conservation X Labs

    Oluwatobi Oyinlola

    Embedded Systems Engineer and Inventor
    Nigeria, Ibadan

    Oluwatobi Oyinlola is an Experience Embedded Systems Engineer, Inventor, and IoT Evangelist. Recently he has been working in the avionics sector with rLoop Incorporated (a company sharing the dream of realizing the fifth mode of transportation initiated by Elon Musk, i.e. the Hyperloop). Oluwatobi was recognized as part of the Most Influential Young Nigerians Award.

    Erin "RobotGrrl" Kennedy

    Robotics and Digital Fabrication

    Canada, Ontario, Ottawa / Kingston

    Erin “RobotGrrl” Kennedy is the technical founder of Robot Missions, where she designed and developed a 3D printed robot to collect harmful plastic pollution on shorelines. Recently, she completed the Space Studies Program at International Space University - working with a team on Fast Transit to Mars, and furthering her interest in space robotics.

    Leonardo Ward

    Electronics Engineer and Technology Developer

    Venezuela, La Guaira, Catia La Mar

    Leonardo is an electronics engineer, designer and developer of future technologies: autonomous vehicles, robotics and medical devices. His experience includes working with electronic devices, cloud services, and remote communication. He looks forward to the day when robots are implemented everywhere and helping our planet.  


    Sameera Chukkapalli

    Architect & Director of NeedLab
    Spain, Barcelona, Barcelona City

    As an advanced architect and director of Needlab (Barcelona, Spain), Sameera spends most of his time drafting human and environment-centered design solutions with communities around the world. Currently, he is driven towards solving the UN Sustainable development goals, and making sustainable design solutions available to all. 

    Jason Knight

    Product Designer
    Eindhoven, Netherlands, Eindhoven

    Jason is a product designer motivated by sustainability, whose experience includes computer aided design methods and plastic recycling. His interests also range across organic and biological fabrication and design techniques. 

    Alex Whittemore

    Electronics Engineer
    USA, California, Manhattan Beach

    Alex is an electronics engineer that specializes in taking vague ideas and making them into production-ready hardware. His expertise includes sensors, systems, connectivity, and design for manufacture. His favorite kinds of projects are the ones that involve hacking something together with nothing but a bunch of friends.

    Field Ready

    Antonio Anaya

    User-Centered Technology Design & Engineering

    Mexico, Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutierrez

    Antonio joined his first MIT course at 24 during the MISTI-Global Startup Labs Mexico and works in both difficult and isolated areas of the country. His experience includes working for the US Embassy in Mexico, developing solutions and teaching programming, digital manufacturing, and collaborative work to indigenous middle school students. 

    Tom Hartley

    Innovation Design Engineering
    United Kingdom, London

    Tom is a design engineer with a computer science and electronics background, with experience in human-centered innovation design. His work seamlessly blends hardware, software, and design to look at problems in new ways. He studied Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

    Meesha Gupta

    Electrical Engineering

    USA, NY, Schenectady

    Meesha is an Electrical Engineering major and a Math minor who is passionate about solving real-world problems using technical skills. Her experience includes building prosthetic arms for children in need at the E-NABLE club, and and planning the creation of tools like microscopes out of LEGO bricks, Arduino boards, and other...

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  • Dream Team Grants

    Lutetium05/19/2020 at 02:51 0 comments

    We recognize it’s difficult to secure work in uncertain times. That’s why we have created a whole new category for the 2020 Hackaday Prize known as Dream Team Grants.

    Dream Team challenges represent an opportunity to join a three-person task force. We are essentially recruiting top talent for our nonprofit partners, to help them solve some of their most pressing challenges. Each dream team member will be awarded two $3,000 grants for their work throughout the months of June and July. 

    Apply individually, or as a team.

    Dream Team Applications Close EXTENDED to 6/9/2020 at 7 AM PT

    Dream Team Selections Announced 6/15/2020 

    Dream Team Sprint Ends 8/15/20

    Dream Team Challenges 

    In collaboration with each nonprofit we've developed challenges with a dynamic and dedicated three person team in mind. Applicants should apply to the challenge they feel best fits their skills, interests, and experience. 


    Read more about CalEarth 

    Automated Options for SuperAdobe Building Processes: One potential drawback to the SuperAdobe system is that it’s a very laborious method of construction. The intensity of labor accounts for the vast majority of building expenses. 

    This challenge asks teams to automate or mechanize parts of the building process in order to maximize efficiency, and drive labor costs down, without compromising the integrity of CalEarth’s vision to ensure accessibility and affordability of the technology. 

    Full Design Brief 


    Read more about UCPLA

    Universal Wireless Remote Control: As a result of the symptoms associated with cerebral palsy and other physical challenges, individuals are accustomed to interfaces like joysticks, touch pads, and remotes with large buttons. 

    Teams are tasked with designing a new type of universal remote that meets the needs of the physical challenges described, and integrates with modern electronics like smart TVs, workstations, and digital devices in as few steps as possible. 

    Full Design Brief 

    Field Ready

    Read more about Field Ready

    Remote Quality Control System: One of the big challenges of distributed manufacturing is widespread quality assurance. With so many solutions being designed, fabricated, and deployed by Field Ready, the organization wants to better ensure quality and accountability. 

    This challenge asks teams to design a means of quality control that remotely tracks and evaluates solutions, protects consumers, and ensures a roadmap for reporting and repair. 

    Full Design Brief

    Conservation X Labs

    Read more about Conservation X Labs

    Reducing Ghost Gear: Up to 10% of the world’s ocean plastic (and 70% of large pieces) comes from lost or abandoned fishing gear (nets, ropes, lines, pots). This poses a threat to large whales (the Red List estimates that 45% of all threatened marine mammals are impacted) and small crabs (NOAA estimates that there are 145,000 derelict crab pots still “fishing” in the Chesapeake Bay alone, killing over 3 million crabs a year). This problem is compounded in the developing world settings where fishing is less regulated. 

    This challenge seeks innovations that reduce “soak time” – the time that gear (pots or longlines) has to be left in the water unnecessarily, or deployment in undesirable locations, that increase the chances of snags, or loss. 

    This includes innovations that notify if the gear has been deployed in an undesirable location, or systems that communicate in a timely fashion to the fisher that the gear has moved location or the target species has been caught.

    Full Design Brief 

  • Mentor Sessions

    Lutetium05/18/2020 at 19:34 0 comments

    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:

    Catherine Hebson

    Engineer & Domestic US COVID-19 Response Coordinator, Field Ready

    Catherine Hebson is an engineer and maker. Most recently, she spent several years in early-stage product development at a medical device company. Her expertise lies in rapid prototyping and product ideation. Prior to that, she worked in a makerspace, designing workshop curriculum and teaching courses. 

    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.

    Aragna Ker

    Adaptive Design Manager, United Cerebral Palsy LA

    A native of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Aragna Ker was born in 1974. He received his BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999, and his MFA in Sculpture at Claremont Graduate University in 2004. He is currently the Adaptive Design Manager for United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles.

    Bruce Dominguez

    Rapid Prototyping Technician, Supplyframe DesignLab 

    Bruce is the Rapid Prototyping Technician at Supplyframe DesignLab. Prior to this, he managed the fabrications shops at Art Center and worked at CalTech’s Mechanical Engineering Lab, where he has advised on and helped to develop numerous engineering, research, and creative projects.

    Sophi Kravitz

    Director of Product, Hackaday

    Sophi Kravitz is an electrical engineer and artist. She works as Director of Product at Hackaday where she brings the hardware community closer together by building partnerships, creating experiences, and public speaking. Past projects include a wedding badge, a mini-blimp game, and playground rides.

    Erika Earl

    Audio Engineer, Hardware Developer, Evil Tech, inc & XR CREATIVE, inc.

    Contract Electrical Engineer, SupplyFrame Design Lab

    Erika is an Audio Engineer and Hardware Developer who is working on spatial, immersive and interactive ambisonic audio in the VR/XR space. Erika co-founded Earl Virtual Innovation Lab (EVIL Tech), and XR Creative. She is currently supporting the NASA JPL VITAL ventilator project with parts procurement, design for manufacture, and material requirement planning.

    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 a number of global markets. Through his experience he has honed his expertise in rapid prototyping and DFM in a variety of materials. 

    Sam Kelly

    Product Engineer & Conservation Technology Program Manager at Conservation X Labs

    Sam is an engineer dedicated to developing technological solutions to issues that have been underserved by the technical community. At Conservation X Labs, Sam helped establish the internal innovation foundry aiming to create ventures that are both beneficial for nature and economically viable, from idea to market.

    Eric Weinhoffer

    Lab Manager, Astranis

    Eric is a Mechanical Engineer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eric leverages...

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  • FAQ

    Lutetium05/18/2020 at 15:31 0 comments

    The 2020 Hackaday Prize FAQ

    How do I enter?

    There is a drop down menu below your project image. Simply start a project and click the dropdown, from there you will see 2020 Hackaday Prize. Be sure to tag the challenge you will be addressing (CalEarth, Field Ready, UCPLA, Conservation X Labs, or Wildcard)

    What is considered an entry?

    Put simply, you need an idea, an image, and documentation. To start, choose a participating nonprofit’s open challenge to address, or talk about a technology problem facing people today and your idea of what a solution might be and enter it to the Wildcard Challenge. You have plenty of time to develop your idea before judging in October. 

    From your documentation, others should be able to build what you're working on, and incorporate the best ideas into their own projects. To be eligible for judging you must have project logs or instructions by August 31st.

    Those who prefer more constraints will excel in any Nonprofit Open Call Challenges. But everyone should enter the Wildcard Challenge too as it encourages you to plan well, working though problems before they become huge prototyping issues.

    What are the 2020 Hackaday Prize Challenges? When do they start/end?

    Choose to enter any of these five challenges. The entry period for all challenges starts May 19th and ends August 31st. 

    Can I enter the Hackaday Prize with a project that does not address any of the Nonprofit Open Call Challenges? 

    Yes you can, through the Wildcard Challenge. If you have not tagged any of the Nonprofit Open Call Challenges your project will automatically be considered a Wildcard Challenge entry. 

    What is the difference between the Open Call Challenges and the Dream Team Challenges? 

    Nonprofit Open Call Challenges

    In collaboration with each nonprofit partner we have developed Open Call challenges that range in complexity, theme, and difficulty. Submissions for these challenges will be accepted for the entirety of the campaign: from May 19th until August 31st, 2020. The top 100 finalists will be announced in September, and final judging will take place in October. These are the entries that will be eligible for the prizes in November. 

    Dream Team Challenges

    Dream Team challenges have been designed with a dedicated three person task force in mind. We invite engineers, designers, and hackers to apply to join one of these dream teams and put their skills to the test. Dream Team members will be awarded two $3,000 microgrants for the months of June and July for their work on one nonprofit’s challenge. Dream Teams must deliver a high fidelity working prototype, and DFM package by August 1st. If you are accepted as a Dream Team grantee, you will not be eligible to be a finalist in the 2020 Hackaday Prize.  

    If I am accepted as a Dream Team grant recipient, can I still win one of the prizes?   

    No, if you are accepted as a Dream Team participant, you are no longer eligible to be a finalist in the 2020 Hackaday Prize.  

    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.

    Where do I submit my prize project entry video?

    On the Edit Project page add the link to your entry video in the Contest Entry Videos field and click save.

    What does "open" actually mean?

    Open refers to how much you have documented about your...

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  • ​The 2020 Hackaday Prize Official Contest Rules

    Lutetium05/18/2020 at 13:27 0 comments


    1. SPONSOR. The 2020 Hackaday Prize competition (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Supply Frame, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 61 S Fair Oaks Ave Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91105.

    2. OVERVIEW.  The Sponsor has collaborated with four nonprofit organizations (Conservation x Labs, Field Ready, United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties, and CalEarth (collectively, the “Contest Collaborators”)) to design a series of four individual “Open Call Challenges” as part of the Contest. Each Open Call Challenge features a unique theme and one or more projects that calls on participants to design a hardware solution to address a defined problem or need. The project design briefs and other details for each Open Call Challenge can be found here: Participants in the Open Call Challenge will compete for the Open Call Challenge prizes, including a Best All Around Solution prize and the Community Vote prize (as further described below).

    Sponsor has also issued a “Wildcard Challenge” as part of the Contest that allows Participants to define their own project objectives (the Wildcard Challenge and Open Call Challenges shall be collectively referred to as the “Challenges”).  Wildcard Challenge participants can choose any problem facing the world today and design the best and boldest hardware solution they can envision to address that problem. Participants in the Wildcard Challenge will only compete for the Wildcard Challenge prize and Community Vote prize (as further described below). 

    If you participate in a Challenge, you’ll need to showcase your design from start to finish, including aspects of system design, manufacturing challenges and choices, as well as a plan for deployment, all as further described in these 2020 Hackaday Prize Official Contest Rules (these “Official Rules”).

    For purposes of these Official Rules, “Participant” shall mean any individual who is participating in the Contest, whether an Open Call Challenge or Wildcard Challenge.  In the event a submission is submitted by a team, each team member shall be considered a “Participant.”

    3. ELIGIBILITY. Subject to the additional restrictions below, 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, Syria, the Crimea Region of the Ukraine or any jurisdiction where the Contest would be restricted or prohibited by law or to any party that 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 verifiable 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 in this Contest with the following restrictions:

    1.     The project must be significantly...

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  • Challenges

    Lutetium05/15/2020 at 17:39 0 comments

    Nonprofit Open Call Challenges

    We’re partnering with nonprofits who have proven an unwavering dedication to each of their unique missions. Each organization receives $10,000 in donations, and an open source solution to their challenges.  

    One (1) Best All Around Solution Prize:  Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Best All Around Solution prize winner will be awarded a cash prize of $US 50,000. The winner of the Best All Around Solution prize will not also be eligible to receive an Open Call Challenge prize.

    Four (4) Open Call Challenge Prizes:  Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, four (4) Open Call Challenge prize winners (one for each Open Call Challenge) will be awarded a cash prize of $US 10,000 each.

    Conservation x Labs 

    Develop solutions to combat invasive species in marine and island environments, and help craft tools for protecting our natural ocean landscapes. 

    Learn more...

    Start entry  

    Field Ready 

    Engineer open source devices in the form of a versatile heat sealer/ welder, versatile UV Wand for curing UV adhesive on a variety of objects, or a medical fluid warming system, all of which can be built in the field. 

    Learn more...

    Start entry 

    United Cerebral Palsy Los Angeles  

    Create or redesign open source assistive tools and devices usable by those with cerebral palsy, and/ or other physical challenges, to enable independence and creative expression. 

    Learn more...

    Start entry 


    Design modular add-ons for CalEarth’s dome housing models within the categories of connectivity, power harvesting, lighting, heating, or water collection and storage. 

    Learn more...

    Start entry 

    Wildcard Challenge

    Maybe you've already had a socially innovative project in the works but it doesn't quite match any of the nonprofit challenges , or maybe you want to work with a local nonprofit. Just tell us what problem you are trying to solve, build a prototype, and explain why your solution is the best, anything goes! 

    Start entry 

  • CalEarth

    Lutetium05/15/2020 at 17:36 0 comments


    [Humanitarian Aid] 

    The Mission 

    CalEarth develops and educates the public in self-made, environmentally sustainable building designs. Houses anyone can build with their own two hands, using locally available earth, sandbags and barbed wire, that also meet modern-day standards.

    SuperAdobe architecture is a powerful tool in the fight against the global housing crisis. The education provided by CalEarth has empowered hundreds of people to also start humanitarian projects for those in need. 

    The Work 

    Projects like the Pegasus Children’s Project in Nepal in 2006 provided housing to 90 children and their caretakers and withstood the 7.6 earthquake in 2015. The Langbos Children’s Home in South Africa, provides care and support for vulnerable children in the Langbos community. 

    The Baninajar Refugee Camp on Tehran/ Iraq border enabled the refugees from Southern Iraq, as the eventual inhabitants, to build the shelters alongside trained UN personnel in the Baninajar refugee camp in Khuzestan, Iran. CalEarth has provided the tools and training to many communities who needed immediate housing after a crisis.  

    Open Challenge 

    Modular Add-Ons for SuperAdobe Domes: The global housing shortage currently encompasses 20-40 million refugees and displaced persons, as well as hundreds of millions more who live in substandard or slum housing. Environmental challenges and the acceleration of natural and man-made disasters mean this shortage will only become more severe.  

    While the CalEarth SuperAdobe structures meet the essential needs for communities facing housing crises, many of these structures could be outfitted with hardware add-ons to better support long-term dwellers, allow them to customize their homes according to their needs, and ultimately help them feel more comfortable and provide them with a more dignified living experience.  

    This challenge seeks designs for modular add-ons that seamlessly mount or fit into CalEarth’s dome housing models in the categories of connectivity, power harvesting, lighting, heating, and water storage.  

View all 13 contest logs

Enjoy this contest?



Ed Mayhew wrote 09/28/2020 at 21:24 point

I'm being given the option to submit an entry for this even after the finalists have ben announced? Am I just being a doofus or are the entries indeed closed

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Jacques Gagnon wrote 09/10/2020 at 11:33 point

@Lutetium Why there isn't any coverage of HackadayPrize milestones on ( or any social media) this year? on the previous years, bootstrap winners, and finalists were given some extra exposure via those type of articles. This contest page is pretty much only read by people who participated in the contest.

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benw wrote 09/09/2020 at 06:21 point

Anyone got any emails about who's in the finals yet :D

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Josh Starnes wrote 09/09/2020 at 11:18 point

I got an email thanking me for my submission and they would tell us today on the 9th. I have more than one project in and I am biting my teeth stressing out! :)

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benw wrote 09/09/2020 at 11:35 point

Yeah I got that email as well. Just like me you are biting your teeth to find out. 

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benw wrote 08/25/2020 at 13:12 point

I'm wondering if the contest is sponsored by Digi-key do they offer discounts for people that have projects in this contest ?

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Josh Starnes wrote 09/09/2020 at 11:37 point

If they were I would have liked to know before I ordered hundreds of dollars in components to build the ultra light custom power supplies for the tethered WiFi communications drone! HAHA

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Shion wrote 08/14/2020 at 03:23 point

this project  "" How to participate

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Matias N. wrote 07/18/2020 at 16:25 point

Are the community vote prize results going to be announced soon? I remember reading that they would be announced on July 17.

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benw wrote 07/19/2020 at 08:19 point

I was also thinking that the results were being announced on the 17th of July. 

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Fab wrote 07/20/2020 at 12:58 point

Yeah, me to. At least it's written like this in the rules :) Maybe it's delayed because of corona?

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Jacques Gagnon wrote 07/20/2020 at 14:36 point

Maybe they decided to wait after the Dream Teams live review are done?

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Rahul Khanna wrote 06/22/2020 at 08:07 point

Hi, I'd love to hear feedback for the community peers. Check my mask detection project and do let me know your suggestions. Thanks in advance. 

Project link:

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Ayush Kumar Lall wrote 06/17/2020 at 04:30 point

Hello, I just want to know when  dream team results will be announced and what is the criteria of selection.

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Rahul Khanna wrote 06/16/2020 at 21:36 point

Hi all, I haven't registered earlier. Can I make my entry now? Will that still be eligible for the grand prize?

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Lutetium wrote 06/16/2020 at 22:23 point

Yes, you can enter until August 31st, 2020. 

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Rahul Khanna wrote 06/22/2020 at 06:16 point

Thanks :)

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benw wrote 06/03/2020 at 10:33 point

Has anyone had their mentor sessions yet. As the schedule hasn't been listed and I haven't heard anything from the team when I tried to book.

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Lutetium wrote 06/16/2020 at 22:24 point

The form for mentor session sign ups has been updated

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Matias N. wrote 05/28/2020 at 00:49 point

I was looking at the rules again and it isn't really clear to me if I should have created a new project page for my projects even while these were never submitted to previous hackaday prizes. I have already submitted them as they were (and I see likes are counter w.r.t. entry time) but now I worry they will not be considered. Do I need to create new project pages forcibly?

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Lutetium wrote 06/16/2020 at 22:26 point

As long as they did not place as finalists in previous Hackaday Prizes your entries will be eligible, you do not need to create new pages. However, likes for the Community Vote award will only be counted from May 19th, 2020 - July 6th, 2020. 

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Matias N. wrote 06/16/2020 at 22:27 point

Perfect, that's what I imagined.

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rubypanther wrote 05/27/2020 at 16:18 point

Maybe next year or the year after you could work one in that is for people, instead of for startups? Aren't there more hackers than startups? Is this what hackers need; to start startupts?

Is hacking about submitting your resume and trying to join a Dream Team? Anybody who was selected is already successful and already could have been doing these charitable things with their time. Wouldn't offering prizes to people who succeed, or grants to people that DON'T already have the qualifications for a normal job, be expected to have a lot more impact on these problems?

This year looks great, and last year was great too. It just seems to be drifting away from the value it used to provide. I guess this is the end result of the Youtubification of hackaday. LOL

Grandpa out, see you clouds later. ;)

Edit: Question: Is it correct that there are no individual prizes at all, and individuals are competing against groups of professionals that received grants to work on it? For all the prizes? Is that correct, or am I just not clicking the right thing to list all the prizes?

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Lutetium wrote 05/27/2020 at 23:48 point

The individuals who are accepted to join a Dream Team and receive the microgrants will not be eligible to place as a finalist/ win prizes in the rest of the competition. Dream Team members will work on different challenges than the rest of the Hackaday Prize entrants. There are 10 prizes this year (independent of the microgrants): 9 for the best to address a nonprofit challenge, 1 (Wildcard) for those not addressing a nonprofit challenge. 

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Lutetium wrote 05/27/2020 at 23:52 point

We added the Dream Team program this year because we recognize it’s difficult to secure work during these uncertain times, so we wanted to find a way to be able to support our community more immediately through these microgrants. Thinking about those who may have recently lost speaking, teaching, and contracted engineering opportunities. 

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Josh Starnes wrote 09/09/2020 at 11:41 point

Most projects on hackaday are individuals and handful are small groups , but not actual professionals in the field their project addresses. You do see it every once in a while. I get what you mean though, you have a more difficult time competing against more experienced hackers. Maybe one day there can be brackets for judging and proper tiers of prize amount to match the experience level as well so the single hackers feel like they have more of a chance.

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John Loeffler wrote 05/25/2020 at 20:19 point

Are you allowed to make multiple different submissions,  if so are there any requirements/Drawbacks.

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Lutetium wrote 05/27/2020 at 23:42 point

You may submit multiple projects, there are no drawbacks, here are the requirements (which you can find in the official rules:

"A Participant may submit more than one project, but must create a Project Profile and
fulfill all entry requirements for each project. Each project submission will be evaluated independently."

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Josh Starnes wrote 07/03/2020 at 14:20 point

this is great for anyone with multiple projects 

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benw wrote 05/22/2020 at 16:35 point

Do you think it's a good idea you re-launch my project on the platform as I released the project three weeks ago and I wish to enter my project into the contest.  

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