2021 Hackaday Prize Overview
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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.
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 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 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.