Hello everyone, welcome to the Hack Chat. Let's get started with today's chat, which is all about the 2019 Hackaday Prize. @Majenta Strongheart is here to tell us all about it and answer your questions.
Majenta, can you kick things off with a little about what your role is in the Prize?
Of course, thanks for the welcome!
I'm the lead coordinator for the Prize this year, but of course work with a ton of amazing people to help it run smoothly. As the Staff Designer and Community Programming Coordinator at the DesignLab I'm excited to tie in more of the DesignLab's resources and network to the prize :)
Hi @Majenta Strongheart ! Is it ok if I start with a question?
@Scott Swaaley yes!
I don't like meta-questions
I don't like meta-likes
I like meta meta
We noticed in the Hackaday Prize 2019 FAQ what looked like some copy-paste from last year's competition. Specifically, mentions of hardware being open source. Is that a big part of this year's evaluation?
Excerpt: "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)." Not sure if that is copy-paste leftover or intentional.
Open source will definitely be an important part of the criteria for the judges this year
How does that work with making it a successful product? Won't it be immediately drowned by clones?
but isn't that the true sign of success?
Would you say the contest has changed these last couple years, more towards an emphasis on professional (perhaps startup) hardware, rather than "hacks"?
@deshipu - Yeah, that seems to contrast a little with the product development focus.
depends on how judges define it
However projects are not required to be open source to be eligible for finals
how can open source be a criteria, if it is not listed as the 4 evenly weighted criteria in the rules?
Re: Open source, that same FAQ states: "But everyone should enter the Open Hardware Design Challenge too" -- Are there separate sub-challenges like last year?
@Frank Buss, I'm guessing that it's a condition of entry
@Frank Buss +5 points
Often products on the market can benefit from being open source, or having elements be open source, you can get excellent feedback, upgrades, and solutions to challenges your product might be facing. For example last year's winner Haddington Dynamics has been able to advance their product Dexter thanks to their work being open source.
if it is open source, there will be a cheap Chinese clone for it faster than I could sell my product :-)
not necessarily. Nobody has bothered to clone the ZeroPhone yet =D
or µGame :(
(inb4 it's not that good)
even when I offered them to help with that
One from me: I noticed there are a lot of projects describing toys, and only a few serious stuff such as medical devices, power supplies, laboratory tools and of course retro hardware which involves a lot of knowledge, hardware + software level 99000+ wizardry and tons of $ when applied in industry due to the proven immunity to latest virus threats.
I would like to ask which are the criteria for selecting the projects:...
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