Supplyframe DesignLab: 2021 Hackaday Prize

A global hardware design challenge focused on widespread and impactful innovation.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 07:00 am PST - Wednesday, October 27, 2021 07:00 am PST Local time zone:
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2021 Hackaday Prize Overview

Main Website :: Official Rules :: FAQ

Dream Team Grants :: Mentor Sessions

Rethink, Refresh, Rebuild

This year, we are asking you all to rethink and refresh familiar concepts across multiple facets of hardware. How can we communicate more effectively through different display technologies? How can supportive tech expand its reach and also bring new potential engineers into the fold? What defines a robot? In 2021, we’re challenging the open source hardware community to answer these questions with their unique and capable designs. 


Launch 5/18/2021

Challenge 1: Rethink Displays 5/18/2021 - 6/14/2021

Challenge 2: Refresh Work-From-Home Life 6/14/2021 - 7/19/2021

Challenge 3: Reimagine Supportive Tech 7/19/2021 - 8/23/2021

Challenge 4: Redefine Robots 8/23/2021 - 9/27/2021

Challenge 5: Reactivate Wildcard 9/27/2021 - 10/27/2021

Finalists Close 11/7/2021

Winners Announced on or around 11/19/2021


Grand Prize - $25,000 + Supplyframe DesignLab Residency

Second Place - $15,000

Third Place - $10,000

Fourth Place - $5,000

Fifth Place - $3,000

Top 10 Finalists from each challenge - $500 

The Hackaday Prize is in its 8th 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.

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

Last year in 2020, The Byte, took the grand prize home with an open-source, mouth-actuated input device for people with physical challenges. 

It is now time to start the 2021 Hackaday Prize. In keeping with the incredible hardware community, we hope to activate the next generation of innovative open source hardware solutions.

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View all 10 contest logs

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rand3289 wrote 01/13/2022 at 01:40 point

Could not find the list of winners on this page...

Found this article:

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Dusan Petrovic wrote 01/17/2022 at 13:57 point

Hi @rand3289 - This is the link to the Top 50 finalists:

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rand3289 wrote 03/08/2022 at 07:19 point

Thanks Dusan, I saw that link...  I was one of the 50 finalists.  However I could not find any information about the finals except that article!  I didn't get an e-mail or saw a contest update anywhere.  Nothing!  Did not know who won till January.

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John Wheleer wrote 11/29/2021 at 01:58 point


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Dusan Petrovic wrote 11/22/2021 at 16:59 point

Congratulations to all of the 2021 Hackaday Prize winners, and thanks to everyone for participating!

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Anteneh Gashaw wrote 11/03/2021 at 10:23 point


1. What is the last date to showcase the prototype of our invention?

2. When is the announcement for the finalist of wildcard I done? Because according to your rules you are few dates late. 

Thank you.

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Dusan Petrovic wrote 11/03/2021 at 18:17 point

HI @Anteneh Gashaw - Here are the 10 finalists

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Dusan Petrovic wrote 11/03/2021 at 18:23 point

By 07:00 a.m. P.D.T. on November 7, 2021. Check the Prize Official Rules

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Peter McCloud wrote 10/20/2021 at 23:15 point

Is there a way to unsubmit a project page from the Hackaday Prize? I'd submitted a project for the Reactivate Wildcard Round, but things went south and now it won't be ready, but I'd like to see if I can submit it for next year if it fits.

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Dusan Petrovic wrote 10/21/2021 at 13:19 point

HI @Peter McCloud - Just make your project "Private", which will remove it from all submissions. You can make it "Public" afterwards. Thanks!

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Darran Edmundson wrote 10/06/2021 at 21:36 point

Have the finalists for Challenge 4 been announced? I thought they were coming out on Monday (Oct 4th).

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Scott Monaghan wrote 10/07/2021 at 01:05 point

I don't think so. The official rules say "on or around" October 4th.

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Maximiliano Rojas wrote 10/07/2021 at 01:36 point

Probably in a few days they'll announce the finalist, I think is better to check the hackaday's instagram because challenge 3 hasn't the finalist neither.

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Dusan Petrovic wrote 10/07/2021 at 13:22 point

Hi @Maximiliano Rojas -

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Guillermo Perez Guillen wrote 10/07/2021 at 02:52 point

I have already been notified as a finalist and I suppose that the blog administrators will update the information shortly ... Kind regards and good luck my friends :) 

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Darran Edmundson wrote 10/07/2021 at 03:47 point

Congratulations Guillermo. Good luck moving forward.

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mras2an wrote 08/29/2021 at 18:23 point


For my project I need to introduce on my video a short sample of music (like Beatles, or Pink Floyd less than 30sec) to show the sound quality of the project.

Does it respect copyright to enter the hackaday contest?

Thank you.

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William wrote 07/28/2021 at 07:04 point

Hey hey! I'd like to submit Retro Modules for consideration as a project that helps Reimagine Supportive Tech! The project made it to the semi-finals during the 2015 Hackaday Prize contest. The project has certainly grown since then. The rules for the 2021 Prize indicate Retro Modules remains eligible, but unfortunately I am unable to submit it for consideration via the web form. Please let me know if a similar project needs to be created focused specifically on Retro Modules' supportive tech capabilities. Many thanks!

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Dusan Petrovic wrote 07/28/2021 at 12:12 point

Hi @yesnoio - please email Thanks!

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William wrote 08/09/2021 at 02:27 point

Thanks @Dusan Petrovic! I reached out on the 28th. They haven't been able to respond yet, unfortunately. No worries. If there's no response by Thursday I'll move forward with creating the similar project.

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Michael Pick wrote 06/23/2021 at 19:30 point

Any updates on finalists from Challenge 1?

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Olya Gry wrote 07/26/2021 at 17:39 point

Hey! I saw them post the finalists on Instagram and here

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Dusan Petrovic wrote 07/28/2021 at 12:00 point

You can see the finalists in the project logs section

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ihackrobot wrote 06/23/2021 at 18:00 point

how do i submit an entry for the challenge 2 contest. Is there a way I can just link my previous project here at hackaday for submission?

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Andreas Kahler wrote 06/22/2021 at 09:39 point

Shouldn't the finalists from Challenge 1 be announced by now?

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Thøger Kappel wrote 06/24/2021 at 10:03 point

I'm following this as well? Haven't heard or seen a thing yet? 🤔💭

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Andreas Kahler wrote 06/24/2021 at 10:07 point

Nope... :-/

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Michael Pick wrote 06/28/2021 at 12:44 point

I checked back today hoping there would be an update. It would be nice to know which project made it to the next stage so everyone could start refining their designs, 

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Olya Gry wrote 07/26/2021 at 17:41 point

Hey! I saw them post the finalists on Instagram and here

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Andreas Kahler wrote 07/27/2021 at 12:27 point

Yes, in the meantime the winners for round one are announced and our project is one of them! :-)

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Eric Stewart wrote 06/13/2021 at 05:29 point

The entry date range for challenge 4 is incorrect in the details section. It should end 9/27 not on 10/27. Cheers!

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Andrew MacPherson wrote 05/29/2021 at 21:07 point

If I have a project that I have been working on but havent written it up yet, or how others could use it (I am in the process of doing this now) could it still be entered into this?

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John Opsahl wrote 05/22/2021 at 18:59 point

I like how 50 finalists (10 from each category) will get $500. It will be fun to see how those 50 finalists use that money to compete for the grand prize. $500 is at least one or two design cycles for most projects. 

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David wrote 05/18/2021 at 23:42 point

If a single project can fit the theme of multiple challenges, can it be submitted to several? Or should it only be submitted in one of the challenges? (Sorry if I missed this in the rules!)

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Majenta Strongheart wrote 05/19/2021 at 18:33 point

Yes a project can be submitted to several challenges! Section 4 of the official rules: 

A submission may be entered to any or all of the Challenge Rounds as long as it meets the requirements and addresses the appropriate theme for each Challenge Round in which it is submitted. 

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