Supplyframe DesignLab: 2023 Hackaday Prize

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2023 Hackaday Prize Overview

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10 Years of Innovation

For ten years, the Hackaday Prize has offered a chance for the open source hardware community and the electronics industry to step into real global issues and engineer designs that make an impact. For this 10-year milestone, we are challenging our open source community of engineers, designers, scientists, and hackers with a set of challenges that call back to some of the most impactful themes our community has addressed over the last decade.


Launch 3/25/2023

Challenge 1: Re-engineering Education 3/25/2023 - 4/25/2023

Challenge 2: Assistive Tech 4/25/2023 - 5/30/2023

Challenge 3: Green Hacks 5/30/2023 - 7/4/2023

Challenge 4: Gearing Up 7/4/2023 -8/8/2023

Challenge 5: Save the World Wildcard 8/8/2023 - 9/12/2023

Finals 9/26/2023 - 10/10/2023

Winners Announced on or around 11/4/2023


First Place - $50,000 + Supplyframe DesignLab Residency

Second Place - $20,000

Third Place - $15,000

Fourth Place - $10,000

Fifth Place - $5,000

Sixth Place - $5,000 Protolabs Manufacturing Grant

Top 50 Finalists - $500 

The Hackaday Prize is in its 10th 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.  

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

In 2021, FlowIO Platform, took the grand prize home with an open-source, miniature, modular pneumatics toolkit for control & sensing of Soft Robots and Programmable Materials.

Last year in 2022, 3D Printed Portable Wind Turbine, took the grand prize a diminutive turbine could be perfect for the developing world or off-grid applications.

It is now time to start the 2023 Hackaday Prize. In keeping with the incredible hardware community, we hope to activate the next generation of innovative open source hardware solutions.

Thank you to our Sponsors: 

and our Green Hacks Challenge Sponsor:

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  • Challenge 1: Re-engineering Education

    Lutetium03/21/2023 at 06:28 7 comments

    Entry Period 7:01 a.m. P.D.T on March 25, 2023 - 07:00 a.m. P.D.T on April 25, 2023.

    Finalists Announced on or around 5/16

    We all have knowledge that we've gained one way or another, and that's not always through formal education.  Hackers tend to learn best by doing.  In the Re-engineering Education challenge, we want you to help give others a chance to learn new skills.  Whether you're building a DIY radio kit, a breadboard-it-yourself computer, or even a demonstrator robot arm, if it helps pass on your hard-earned skills, we want you to enter it here. 

  • Challenge 2: Assistive Tech

    Lutetium03/21/2023 at 06:27 43 comments

    Entry Period 7:01 a.m. P.D.T on April 25, 2023 - 7:00 a.m. P.D.T on May 30, 2023

    Finalists Announced  on or around 6/12

    Building things for people who need them the most is the noblest pursuit.  The Assistive Tech challenge calls for projects that help people with disabilities to learn, work, move around, and simply live their lives to the fullest.  So get out there, identify a real assistive need, and take a swing at solving it.  Small hacks or large projects, we want to see how you can make peoples' lives better.

  • Challenge 3: Green Hacks

    Lutetium03/21/2023 at 06:26 8 comments

    Entry Period 7:01 a.m. P.D.T on May 30, 2023 - 7:00 a.m. P.D.T on July 4, 2023

    Finalists Announced on or around 7/17

    There are hundreds of ways that we can all go a little bit lighter on this planet, and our Green Hacks challenge encourages you make them real.  Whether you want to focus on clean energy, smarter recycling, preventing waste, or even cleaning up the messes that we leave behind, every drop of oil left unburned or gadget kept out of the landfill helps keep our world running a little cleaner.  Here's your chance to hack _for_ the planet. 

    Sponsored by :


  • Challenge 4: Gearing Up

    Lutetium03/21/2023 at 06:24 3 comments

    Entry Period 7:01 a.m. P.D.T on July 4, 2023 - 7:00 a.m. P.D.T on August 8, 2023

    Finalists Announced on or around 8/21

    Humans are a tool-using species; hackers are a tool-building species.  Even if your lab is stocked from the bottom to the top, you can never have enough measuring equipment, work-holding jigs, or other functional creature comforts.  In our Gearing Up challenge, we want you to show us what you've built that helps you get the next project done.

  • Challenge 5: Save the World Wildcard

    Lutetium03/21/2023 at 06:22 4 comments

    Entry Period 7:01 a.m. P.D.T on August 8, 2023 - 07:00 a.m. P.D.T on September 12, 2023

    Finalists Announced on or around 9/26

    The Wildcard Challenge lets your projects speak for themselves.  Whatever it is that you're designing, building, or planning, we want to see it come to life.  Make it awesome, document it well, and share it with the world. Go wild! 

  • FAQ

    Lutetium03/21/2023 at 06:18 0 comments

    The 2023 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 2023 Hackaday Prize. You will only be able to enter the challenge that is open at the time you are submitting. 

    What is considered an entry?

    Put simply, you need an idea, an image, and documentation. To start, choose a 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. 

    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 the entry round requirements completed by the close date of the challenge you are entering.

    Those who need a little more inspiration will excel in any of the first four 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 2023 Hackaday Prize Challenges? When do they start/end?

    Choose to enter any of these five challenges. 

    • Re-engineering Education
    • Assistive Tech
    • Green Hacks
    • Gearing Up
    • Save the World Wildcard 

    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 project and how much you will make available to the public when you push your project out into the world. Optimally, we would like to see open source drivers, hardware, and development tools; the final project would also be licensed as open source (using the wide range of licenses that are possible). This is a judging preference, so providing design files in a format that uses open source tools (and therefore allows others to easily use or modify them), will help you with the best chance of edging out your competition.

    What are the judges using as criteria for who moves on to the final round?

    You must complete the minimum entry requirements for the Challenge. Challenge entries will be judged on the following criteria:

    • How effective of a solution is the entry to the challenge it is responding to?
    • How thoroughly documented were the design process & design decisions?
    • How ready is this design to be manufactured?
    • How complete is the project?

    What are the judges using as criteria to select the top ten winners?

    Finalist entries will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Concept- Is the project creative, original, functional, and pushing boundaries? Does the project effectively address the selected challenge?
    • Design- Is there a depth of design detail available (like a system design, CAD models, project test methods, etc.)? Is there base-level planning for the functionality (e.g., functional block diagram, list of specifications and descriptions of how they will be met, etc.)? How user-friendly is the design? 
    • Production- Is the project realistically reproducible (taking into consideration necessary materials, skills, and production processes)? Are the manufacturing processes detailed? Are those processes realistic for scalability?
    • Benchmark- How well is the project impact and viability demonstrated? Are estimated costs realistic? How well does the project improve upon other designs? 
    • Communication-...
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tinfever wrote 7 days ago point

The rules say that the finalists are required to have the additional requirements for a YouTube video. BOM, build instructions, and design documentation ready by September 26th, but that's the same day the finalists are announced for the Wildcard Challenge. Is this correct? It's very confusing because it also says the final round project snapshots are conducted on October 10th. I contacted the email but haven't gotten any response. Could you please help clarify this?

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Stephen Craver wrote 07/20/2023 at 18:13 point

Thank-you Hackaday Team, and all of the Esteemed Judges!

I am filled with immense joy and gratitude. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hackaday and the esteemed panel of judges for selecting my project as one of the ten finalists in the Hackaday Prize 2023 Assistive Touch contest.

When I embarked on this project, my primary goal was to create something that could not only assist me but also potentially benefit others. To see my endeavor being recognized and chosen as a finalist among numerous exceptional projects is an incredible honor. It truly solidifies my intent and motivates me to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation.

Being part of the Hackaday Prize 2023 finalists is a humbling experience, and I can't help but feel a sense of pride in what I have accomplished so far. This opportunity validates the hard work, dedication, and countless hours poured into the project.

I am sincerely grateful for the platform Hackaday provides to innovators like me, offering a chance to showcase our creations to a global audience. It's a privilege to be among such talented individuals who are driving technological advancements and making a positive impact on the world.

I am excited to present my project to the community and the judging panel, sharing my passion and vision with others who share the same enthusiasm for innovation.

Once again, thank you for this remarkable opportunity. I am truly honored to be a finalist in the Hackaday Prize 2023 Assistive Touch contest.

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Mark B Jones wrote 07/19/2023 at 20:54 point

Great to see the assistive tech finalists have been announced on

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Mark B Jones wrote 06/20/2023 at 15:05 point

@Elliot Williams Hi Elliot, can you confirm when the Assistive Tech finalists will be announced?

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Lutetium wrote 06/29/2023 at 15:10 point

Hi Mark,

There was a SNAFU in judging and we're doing it _all_ again.  Should be soon, but I can't give a fixed date yet.

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Mark B Jones wrote 07/03/2023 at 17:23 point


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Mark B Jones wrote 07/17/2023 at 14:51 point

Hi @Lutetium , I had an email from hackaday which said that the finalists would be announced the week of July 10th. A week on and I haven't seen an announcement on or Wondering if there is any news on this? Cheers

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Don Mitchinson wrote 07/11/2023 at 14:54 point

@Mark B Jones - I think I saw a notice go out that it should happen this week

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Tim wrote 06/17/2023 at 07:21 point

When are the finalists for the Assistive tech being announced. 

The page said 12 June but no updates to be seen.

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Don Mitchinson wrote 06/17/2023 at 14:47 point

I think it said "around June 12". Anyway it looks like they post contest finalists to the website blog. That's what I'm watching.

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hayden wrote 05/30/2023 at 20:50 point

Does hackaday take a save of your entry at the close date, or can you keep making changes once entered by the closing date fro your category ?

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Richard Hogben wrote 05/30/2023 at 23:08 point

There is a snapshot of the projects entered at close date, I believe to make sure they have met the requirements for submission at the end date. So you should feel free to keep working on your project.

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wanyanzhou wrote 05/28/2023 at 21:56 point

Hi, does anyone know how to edit or delete project logs?

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hayden wrote 05/30/2023 at 20:49 point

open the full project log and then ad top there is link "edit xxx"

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hayden wrote 04/22/2023 at 08:11 point

In the submissions, where does it say what challenge they have been entered in ?

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Dusan Petrovic wrote 04/25/2023 at 12:14 point

Hi @hayden -  On the project page, under the project image in the "THIS PROJECT IS SUBMITTED FOR" section. Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck on the Prize!

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hayden wrote 05/30/2023 at 20:50 point


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Saul wrote 04/13/2023 at 01:00 point

the link to the Official Rules at the top of the page is broken...

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Dusan Petrovic wrote 04/13/2023 at 17:33 point

Thank you for reporting. It's fixed now.

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John Loeffler wrote 04/08/2023 at 16:09 point

is a GitHub link required if all the design files are uploaded to hackaday?

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ChengDanguo wrote 04/19/2023 at 08:59 point

据我所知,有很多开发项目在 github 或其他开源平台上同时更新,如有必要我个人认为你可以留下你的 github 链接,这将有助于你增加开源项目的社区影响力,但相应的,你可能需要更多的时间和精力在多个平台上维护你的项目,做出权衡,来自非官方回应

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Elliot Williams wrote 05/16/2023 at 20:12 point

Not at all required!  If it's documented here, that's good enough. 

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