FAQ for the 2018 Hackaday Prize

A contest log for The 2018 Hackaday Prize

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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 2018 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.

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

Each of the 5 Challenges are 6-weeks long and run one after the other. The 5 challenges are:

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:

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

I was a finalist in 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017 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, 2016, or 2017?

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 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.

We now have FindChips Pro for Hackaday Prize entrants! You can share your BOM with everyone!

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. Your entry will be judged on the following criteria:


Sophi Kravitz wrote 09/10/2018 at 20:45 point

Hi David! You can find links to the submissions and finalists in the main page of this contest/ page. It's in the first paragraph.

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David N wrote 09/11/2018 at 07:24 point

Hi Sophie, nice to meet you. I must be pretty dumb, because I found lots of info, including “Winners will be announced about 1-2 weeks after the close of each round.” on this page I am on the road, and my small Smartphone screen makes it difficult to search hackaday. Could you please send me a link to the page that tells me if my SOUI is still in the running. Thanks in advance, David 

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David N wrote 09/10/2018 at 09:57 point

"On or around September 3, 2018 , Sponsor will select up to twenty (20) Challenge Round 4 submissions" 

I could not find if, and where, this list has been published. Thanks, David

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Nixie wrote 09/10/2018 at 17:51 point

Your text does not appear in the Faq.  ¿¿¿???

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David N wrote 09/10/2018 at 19:43 point

@Nixie Sorry for the misunderstanding. I was quoting from section 5 of the Official Rules “Announcement of Challenge Round Results:” David 

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