2020 Hackaday Prize Overview
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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.
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 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 2020 Hackaday Prize. In keeping with the incredible hardware community, we hope to catalyze the next generation of socially innovative open source hardware.