Dream Team Grants

A contest log for Supplyframe DesignLab: 2020 Hackaday Prize

A worldwide hardware design challenge focused on globally impactful innovation.

lutetiumLutetium 05/19/2020 at 02:510 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