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The 2017 Hackaday Prize

The Hackaday Prize is back for the fourth year! Challenge yourself, make something amazing, change the world with your talent.

Monday, March 20, 2017 07:00 am PDT - Saturday, November 11, 2017 06:00 pm PST
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Build Something That Matters - 2017 Competition Summary

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It's 2017. Our planet is facing issues like climate change, overpopulation, food shortage, technology security issues, and aging populations. We challenge you to come up with solutions to address current issues in the world today and create a better life for all of us.

For the 4th year in a row, Hackaday Prize entrants will push the boundaries of problem solving to make a real difference in the world around us.

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 the lives of many with limited mobility.

In 2016, we had nearly 1,100 entries, and the Hackaday Prize winner was Dtto, a search and rescue robot, an open source project that will continue to be worked on at the Supplyframe Design Lab.

In 2017, We’re starting off with the Design Your Concept round, where you submit a simple idea and an image. After that, we give you 4 more Hackaday Prize challenges to run with. These 5 challenges run one after the other and each challenge lasts just 6 weeks.

Alongside the other rounds, the Best Product round will be running. You can enter the Best Product additionally or separately with The Hackaday Prize.

20 projects will be chosen from each of the 6 rounds, and awarded $1,000 per project.

That's $120,000 in prizes for semi-finalists! YES, that's $120,000 and super that so many builds get recognition and a piece of the loot.

  • $250k in total prizes
    • Grand Prize $50k, Best Product $30k, 2nd-5th Place: $20k, $15k, $10k, $5k
    • 120 finalists will each get $1k
    • Seed funding: Enter right away and you get a dollar for every like on your project ($4000 max, $200 limit per project... this was super fun and popular last year)
  • 5 Challenge rounds (you can enter once or in all five if you want):
    • Design Your Concept (show planning for an awesome build
    • Internet of *Useful* Things (IuT ! IoT) -- connected devices that don't suck
    • Wheels, Wings, and Walkers (build something that moves)
    • Assistive Technology (helps the sick, elderly, physically or mentally challenged)
    • Anything Goes (free for all, as long as it does social good)
  • Best Product Round
    • Enter your product alone or together with the Hackaday Prize
    • Up to 20 finalists will win $1000
    • Grand prize is $30k and a chance to interview for a residency at the Supplyframe Design Lab

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  • FAQ for the 2017 Hackaday Prize

    Sophi Kravitz04/07/2017 at 12:23 15 comments

    FAQ

    If you have more questions, please email us at prize@hackaday.com. We look forward to seeing your projects!

    How do I enter?

    There is a dropdown menu below your project image. Simply start a project and click the dropdown, from there you will see 2017 Hackaday Prize.

    Here is a convenient video tutorial on how to enter your project into the Hackaday Prize:

    What is considered an entry?

    Put simply, you need an idea, and image, and documentation. To start you simply talk about a technology problem facing people today and your idea of what a solution might be. Yes, you can enter the first challenge with just an idea and be eligible to be selected to move to the final round. This is what Challenge 1 is all about.

    Challenges 2 - 5 invite you to start building something and documenting. You need 4 project logs or instructions in Challenges 2 - 5 to move into the finals.

    Challenge five is for those who don't like to be tied down. Build anything you want to solve the problem you have chosen. Bask in your own creativity.

    Those who prefer more constraints will excel in Challenges 2, 3, and 4 which tackle specific themes.

    What are the 5 Challenges? When do they start/end?

    Each of the 5 Challenges are a 5-week first round from which 20 entries will advance to the final round.

    When are the winners for each round announced?

    Winners will be announced about 1-2 weeks after the close of each round.

    Can I enter if I'm under 18 years old?

    Minors between 13 and 18 are eligible to enter the 2017 Hackaday Prize.

    When you enter as a team of collaborators, there is a link “younger than 18” next to the check box (see image below). When you click that link, it brings you to a parental consent form link (dropbox), which you should have a parent fill out and then upload using the “choose file” button below.

    Here is a link to the form: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hgnazev2rdmzpt7/THP_Parental_Consent_Form.pdf

    Here is a convenient video tutorial on how to enter the Hackaday Prize as a minor:

    I was a finalist in 2014, 2015 or 2016, can I enter the same project again?

    If you won anything in a previous presentation of The Hackaday Prize that project is not eligible for entry in this Contest. You may enter with a substantially different project.

    Can I re-enter my project from 2014, 2015 or 2016?

    You can enter a previous Prize entry, but you must create a new project page and the project must be significantly different from when previously entered and show meaningful development during the course of the Contest.

    How many Challenges do I need to participate in?

    You must participate in at least one challenge to be eligible for the final round. We encourage you to participate in more but it is not required.

    Is it possible to win more than one Challenge?

    Yes. The same Project Profile may be entered in any or all of the challenge rounds using the "Submit Project To..." menu found on your project page. Projects should adhere to the theme of the challenge so you may also consider entering several projects in different rounds.

    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...

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Kristjan Berce wrote 05/10/2017 at 11:33 point

When will the money from public funding be available? I could use it right about now.. :)

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Shulie Tornel wrote 05/11/2017 at 00:31 point

@Kristjan Berce We will be sending emails to the seed funding people very soon. Payment should be expected by end of may - June 12. Thanks for your patience! We have lots of people to pay. 

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William Glover wrote 05/08/2017 at 12:20 point

When/where will they announce the first 20 quarterfinalist?

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William Glover wrote 05/08/2017 at 23:04 point

Thanks for the info. I found it earlier. Congrats to the winners! :)

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Sean S Con wrote 05/01/2017 at 22:03 point

Are their any restrictions on later commercialization of entries? 

I.e. if i do not win anything here, do i still have the ability to sell my idea to someone else?

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 05/01/2017 at 22:33 point

You are still the owner of the project so I think it's fine.

However, you can't sell an idea because there is no protection over such an impalpable and fuzzy ... thing.
I advise you to better understand what "Intellectual Property" is, means, and how it works.

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K.C. Lee wrote 05/01/2017 at 23:16 point

Also the project needs to be some what open source for the contest, so kind of get in the way of *just* selling the idea.  Patents are void by the disclosure/publishing.

You'll need to consider the licensing and think of alternate way of monetizing.

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jlbrian7 wrote 05/09/2017 at 02:54 point

I don't know anything about other countries, but in USA, I believe you have a year from the time you make an idea public in order to file a patent. However, America, as I understand it is a first to file nation, and if you make an idea public, and someone else files before you do, you are out of luck.

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haydn jones wrote 04/28/2017 at 10:18 point

Whats the exact time for the may 1st deadline please? 

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Dusan Petrovic wrote 04/28/2017 at 11:21 point

Hello @haydn jones! The deadline for the first round is May 1st 7am PDT. Good luck!

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haydn jones wrote 04/28/2017 at 11:35 point

thanks, will you snapshot for judging at that point?

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ActualDragon wrote 04/15/2017 at 18:39 point

hey when are we getting the seed funding?

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thekidtonystark wrote 04/25/2017 at 23:54 point

I heard around that we should get it around the end of May.....

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William Glover wrote 04/06/2017 at 23:29 point

Just noticed the amount of likes that I have on the leaderboard do not match the amount of likes I have on my project. I am guessing this is a programing bug that happened when the fund dropped to $0? Any thoughts?

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ActualDragon wrote 04/07/2017 at 02:15 point

if you got likes b4 the contest, they weren't counted for money

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K.C. Lee wrote 04/02/2017 at 15:20 point

Seeing some interesting pattern of new user names that are clustered in a row in the feed.  They starts out with something with similar patterns, but eventually turned to randomly mushed profiles.  This started last 2-3 hours.  I haven't looked really hard, but I see patterns.

mct, sdt, qdt, ket, ict, jlk, mbt, rhe, fdt, jbt, hdt, ebt, zdt, vbt, qbt, ybt, bbt, cbt, pat, xfe, tdt, rbt, sdt, szt, nzt, qct, dzt, 

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 04/02/2017 at 03:40 point

"The Contest is not open to residents of Quebec"
I'm ... surprised.
Can anybody explain why Québec is singled out ?

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ken conrad wrote 04/02/2017 at 05:30 point

Quebec exists in a different dimension. 'Contest' is translated 'to the death'. Real answers are here http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/why-many-contests-exclude-quebec-residents

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Alex Williams wrote 04/01/2017 at 19:53 point

A quick question regarding seed funding: last year the rules read "At least twenty entries with the most likes at the end of the first round will split $4,000", whereas this year the rules read "up to twenty (20) Community Vote winners will be selected to win a cash prize of up to $200". The change from "at least" to "up to" implies that this year not everyone will receive the seed funding. Is this correct?

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 04/01/2017 at 19:58 point

I didn't spot this. Where is it ?

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Alex Williams wrote 04/01/2017 at 20:03 point

This year's Rule 9,  under the "Community Vote Prize" section states "up to.."

Last year's launch states "at least", found in the last section ("One more thing") of http://hackaday.com/2016/03/14/engineer-humanitys-future-the-2016-hackaday-prize/

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 04/01/2017 at 22:36 point

Ohhh I see... I hadn't seen this document yet, thanks !

I Sponsor will evaluate the Challenge Round 1 entries based on their technical
merit, approving only those entries that meet the Challenge Round 1
entry requirements and conform to the Challenge Round 1 theme (described
above).
II Challenge Round 1 entries approved at Sponsor’s sole discretion will then be selected by ranking the most “likes” on their Project Profile at the close date of 
that Challenge Round (i.e., 7:00 am P.D.T. on May 1, 2017).
II The selected winners will receive $1 for each “like” on their Project Profile, up to a limit of $200.

I hadn't seen the "sponsors select" last year. This is very good to know that the rules have changed from "free money to everyone" :-)

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Lutetium wrote 04/02/2017 at 13:38 point

Hi Alex, yes, this is correct. We will provide seed funding to all qualified entries so it is highly likely that most people will receive it. 

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William Glover wrote 03/31/2017 at 11:37 point

Hello - I noticed that all of the links I have shared on Facebook seem to be referencing a "cached" version of my Hackaday project. Almost like the server is keeping duplicate copies of the page, and creating unique links for each copy. The big problem is that it wont let people click the like button, or login from the page it opens. 

Is anyone else having this problem?

FYI - Im using the facebook app on a Samsung S7 edge, but I dont think that matters so much. 

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 03/31/2017 at 12:58 point

Can you provide a link to the project you reference and exact steps to reproduce? 

I have posted your project https://hackaday.io/project/20630-snappcat-memed-pics-from-your-cat-to-your-phone to FB from the Hackaday account. I have clicked on the link from FB and was able to like your project.

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William Glover wrote 03/31/2017 at 13:43 point

Sophi I am not sure how to show you this other than you becoming my friend on Facebook and trying the link. Would you be willing to try this? It is on my personal page

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William Glover wrote 03/31/2017 at 13:51 point

Sophi, I sent you a private message with some screenshots.

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Richard Hogben wrote 03/31/2017 at 14:54 point

Social media sites tend to keep a cache of the content shared from URLs, at this time I see the following:

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William Glover wrote 03/31/2017 at 19:20 point

Thanks Richard! That would make sense. I also noticed it seems to only be an issue on the mobile app.

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haydn jones wrote 03/29/2017 at 17:43 point

At the top of the leader board there are some projects that just shot up with a lot of repeated names in the likes with no profile pics, and the appear to be connected.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 03/29/2017 at 19:25 point

Thanks Haydn! We'll check it out. 

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William Glover wrote 03/29/2017 at 21:09 point

Hayden, not sure who you are talking about. However, in my personal situation my family and friends didn't have Hackaday accounts, but they still wanted to support the team and like the idea. So they were amazing enough people to actually make accounts and click the like button :). Best of luck to you bud!

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 03/29/2017 at 21:27 point

I don't think it applies to your project :-)

some have recently appeared and shot to >60 likes in a few days ?

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William Glover wrote 03/29/2017 at 21:32 point

Yann.. Gotcha! Guess I hadn't really been paying that close of attention. :) Thanks!

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 03/29/2017 at 21:36 point

William : if in doubt, I keep daily logs of the board for independent verification ;-)

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William Glover wrote 03/29/2017 at 21:42 point

Yann, sounds like something someone on the Hackaday page would do lol :)

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 03/29/2017 at 21:50 point

indeed, though it's only a byproduct of something someone on Hackaday does :-D

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 03/31/2017 at 12:55 point

We have checked out all the recent projects. It is within the rules (this year, anyway ;) to have multiple people from one IP address like a project. 

Projects will be disqualified that have a script liking the project. 


I agree that having likes from compete strangers without profiles cheapens the likes.

Suggestions for how to do this better next year are appreciated!

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K.C. Lee wrote 04/02/2017 at 15:27 point

Actually not complaining about stranger part - they carry much more weight in my book as they do not have the social circle/connection obligations.  Sort of like you feel the love more from a cat that choose to like you over a dog that follow you regardless.

Likes from people with projects also means a lot to me as they would appreciate the efforts even though some time it might not be apparent from the results and even more so from competitors for the funding pool.

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K.C. Lee wrote 03/29/2017 at 21:39 point

May be a one vote per IP rule?

I kind of cheapen the "likes" if they are not because of merits and from complete strangers.

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 03/29/2017 at 21:53 point

It is not easily enforceable, because of IPv4 shennigans @ISPs, and easily bypassable

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William Glover wrote 04/02/2017 at 15:33 point

Alot of our likes are people from our workplace, who were following our project before we posted on hackaday. Im assuming they would all have the same IP if they are clicking like from work?

We have been having a hard time getting people to click like since they have to make an account. So it would be even more painful for us if they have to have unique IP's

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K.C. Lee wrote 04/02/2017 at 15:50 point

 Unless they are at work 24/7 and no home with internet to return to.  You know mobile have internet access these days.  More a peer pressure to vote than total strangles with no connections that vote because of merit..

It becomes a race of who have the largest connections outside of HaD (i.e. families, class, work, clan, village, twitter/reddit/FB/youtube  followers) than the actual technical content/creativity etc. i.e. *cheapen* the vote because of herding mentality.

>a hard time getting people to click like

May be they have more courage to resist peer pressure, know that they are not qualified to judge from merits and should be commended for abstaining from likes.  It is not a cookies/candy sale at work/church to support the local junior hockey team.

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Kristjan Berce wrote 03/26/2017 at 16:46 point

When is the money from seed funding delivered? Just curious because it will help to buy the hardware I need.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 03/26/2017 at 17:00 point

Hi Kristjan! Around the end of May 2017. 

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Kristjan Berce wrote 03/26/2017 at 17:01 point

Ok, thanks a lot!

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esot.eric wrote 03/25/2017 at 21:25 point

There seem to be multiple questions regarding rules, here... and yet I don't see a link to the main Prize-Page on this page... so here's the FAQ: https://hackaday.io/prize/faq, you can get to the rules and more from there.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 03/27/2017 at 22:45 point

Thanks, I've added a link right at the top. Sorry for the oversight!

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ActualDragon wrote 03/25/2017 at 19:45 point

hey yo, how do we get the money from the likes? 

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 03/25/2017 at 20:46 point

paypal is what we did last year + Benchoff bucks

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 03/25/2017 at 22:54 point

I didn't get BB last year :-/

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Paul wrote 03/24/2017 at 23:33 point

Hi,

Every challenge is separate?

If I have an idea for Assistive Technology I'm waiting for July 24?


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haydn jones wrote 03/25/2017 at 00:25 point

But you'll have to make four(?) project updates by then, and if you start now you get a chance for some seed funding and a early chance to get to the finals at the design your concept stage. You can also get another chance to get to the finals at the anything goes challenge or even design you product. You can enter in to as many challenges as you like with each project.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 03/25/2017 at 00:43 point

HI Paul, you can enter now for the Choose YOur Concept round and enter again for Assistive Technology

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Paul wrote 03/25/2017 at 02:57 point

Real Thx 

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 03/24/2017 at 04:31 point

I love Hackaday ! :-D

53 views, 100 followers, 172 submissions ...

It doesn't make sense if you don't understand that submission does not happen on this page :-)

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 03/22/2017 at 16:39 point

Please post links to suspicious projects here and we'll check them out. No cheaters will get money!

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castvee8 wrote 03/22/2017 at 17:00 point

You tellem Sophi! Go getem!

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 03/24/2017 at 04:37 point

https://hackaday.io/project/11234-4wd-all-terrain-robot was already submitted in 2016, is that possible ?

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K.C. Lee wrote 03/24/2017 at 04:42 point

I thought the old rule said that make new project page and substantial work have been done since to resubmit old project.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 03/24/2017 at 15:45 point

Yes you can resubmit a project w a new project page and new work done on the project. We will check it out, thanks!

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Clayton G. Hobbs wrote 03/24/2017 at 23:21 point

https://hackaday.io/project/8058-hack-the-planet doesn't appear to be a real project.

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ActualDragon wrote 03/25/2017 at 00:08 point

then it won't get judged like one. "suspicious" is bots repeat liking for money and stuff

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 03/21/2017 at 03:32 point

And the deluge of new accounts with identical origins is starting.
10 minutes ago : Tangerang, all liking a single project.

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K.C. Lee wrote 03/21/2017 at 09:41 point

Tangerang, Jakarta are both in Indonesia
Multiple new accounts from these three areas all update their account nearly the same time 2,3,4,5,6,7 hours ago.  What are the chances? Tourists group? 

Hope someone take the log file and look at the time stamp, IP block of these cluster events and what they doing.

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haydn jones wrote 03/21/2017 at 11:48 point

went to the effort of getting his class to sign up, a lot of the accounts are using webcams going around a computer lab, and i am certain they are legitimate people rather than made up accounts. I am impressed with the effort.

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Richard Hogben wrote 03/21/2017 at 16:30 point

@haydn jones is probably right. Classes signing up for accounts was more common than I expected last year.

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K.C. Lee wrote 03/21/2017 at 16:44 point

Some of us have seen the cheat bots in action last year when money were involved with "likes".  Just a reminder, we are watching for unusual activities.

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 03/20/2017 at 18:35 point

The PDFs are beautiful !

But like last year, they say ... very little...

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 03/20/2017 at 17:20 point

So it's buck mating season again ?

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esot.eric wrote 03/20/2017 at 18:09 point
was thinking the same thing

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Yann Guidon / YGDES wrote 03/20/2017 at 18:35 point

I should find last year's picture :-D

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Richard Hogben wrote 03/20/2017 at 18:25 point

Hah, what like a scope?

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esot.eric wrote 03/21/2017 at 11:09 point

thought the picture was on my profile-page, but seems to have disappeared!

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