04/17/2019 at 20:02 •
Design and learning is awesome, but applying that to a wider world of competition has a lot of attractive elements too. Customer research, DFM, etc are just new design constraints and considerations, and they can be a lot of fun as well.
@Frank Buss well, the goal of the prize is obviously to get more users to hackaday and to get them hacking
@Majenta Strongheart - Gotcha. Loud and clear. More emphasis on practicality and solving real problems, less on dancing cats.
isn't the dancing cat the project with the most likes?
But still, where "customer" could be "my middle-school students" or "dogs at my dog park", I believe
Is there any details on the mentors and how that will work or was that referencing the community as mentors in a general sense?
or "people who like videos of dancing cats"
Sales volume is the validation of utility, or one of them. Had plenty of "great" products that didn't sell well, and some dumb things that sold out. Hard to tell up front.
@Andrew Sowa THAT!
a dancing cat would probably sell very well
@scott.mcgimpsey - yes, and this new prompt means more DFM will be in the Hackaday universe, which means more people will learn about it. Seems on brand and on mission :)
@Andrew Sowa yes! I'm excited to share that we will be announcing our judges and mentors very soon and the schedule to the mentor's office hour sessions will be posted on the Hackaday Prize contest page and on our facebook so you can start getting direct feedback from our experienced mentors. Mentors will be hosting office hours type video sessions with 6-8 entrants a session so be sure to sign up once the schedule is posted :)
That sounds very helpful
@Majenta Strongheart - Will the videos of the office hour sessions be available after the fact? Might have some valuable mateial for everyone.
@Scott Swaaley Likes will not be factored in the judging process
Something all the grandparents us, I think.
oh no not f*ceb*ok
@Dan Maloney Yes! A recording of the video sessions will be available to the community afterwards
@Dan Maloney like myspace, but invades your privacy?
It's a feature...
I'm sure MySpace got upgraded. A "let's collect some data and earn money on the side" feature sounds like something a MySpace investor could accept, "everyone's doing it" and all
do we need to dress up for the mentor videos?
just from the waist up
This year's Prize got quite an overhaul, TBH. No World Create Day, no seed money like we're used to, no "stages". I'm wondering if I should try to participate and put some effort in, purely for the "how will this work out?" factor
As long as your camera is above the desk ;-)
@Arsenijs there are seed money
"waist up" it's hardware we're talking here, there's a chance of "ah, we do indeed have a prototype to show, I'll go get fetch it from another room"
sorry, I mean, the seed money changed and IIRC is for the top 20
Sir, we said hardware, not software
I can understand not wanting to handle all those $1 transfers
-20pts if you're not wearing a hackaday tshirt during your mentor session
an a ski mask
or at the very least an Guy Fawkes mask
this leads to another question: does it need to be an electronics project, or would a T-shirt be a valid entry? or a new kind of shovel? would be all "hardware"
long hair, hard disk platters on the walls, at least one working 9 track tape drive in the background and a device with huge vacuum tubes glowing blue and throwing sparks - that is OK to substitute a hackaday t-shirt
Now I want a hard drive platter wind chime.
@Frank Buss I'm guessing, if the T-shirt solves some kind of problem, it's probably OK? If you hurry up, you might get some free flex PCBs =)
it helps me that I'm not freezing :-)
say, a T-shirt with woven-in sensors that track posture
"T-shirt with flex PCB" would be a pretty cool entry
@Majenta Strongheart - how should people reach out if they have more Prize questions?We're getting to the top of the hour, and Majenta probably needs to get back to work. I want to thank her for taking the time to answer all these great questions. Not sure what the best forum is for continued questions, though.
T-shirt with two 20-bit pointers in hex: 2 x b00b5
there were those t-shirts with the dvd keys on them, they solved a real problem
And don't forget next week's Hack Chat on KiCad and FreeCAD, with Hackaday's own Anool Mahidharia: https://hackaday.io/event/164063-kicad-and-freecad-hack-chat
04/17/2019 at 20:01 •
@Majenta Strongheart is here to tell us all about it and answer your questions.Hello everyone, welcome to the Hack Chat. Let's get started with today's chat, which is all about the 2019 Hackaday Prize.
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 :)
@Majenta Strongheart ! Is it ok if I start with a question?Hi
@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: toys and games? useful tools? life-saving devices? skills? industrial stuff which if you sell three...four of them will bring as much money as 10 thousand sold games?
Finals judging criteria: v. Communication- How thoroughly have the final round requirements been completed? How well documented is the project? How “Open” is the design? Is the project marketable?
@Frank Buss - If patents don't protect anyone for Chinese cloners, I don't think open-source makes a product any more of a target.
Is the focus purely on production of a specific product, or would projects that support the production of other products (i.e. better open home power grid, prototyping lab, etc) also be considered?
The Chinese cloners don't start copying until you've put in all the marketing work, so the sales are there. So you get to enjoy that early adoption curve, where you work like crazy without breaking even (at least if you time is worth anything)
Clones can be made of anything, regardless of license or pre-existing available information. Give me any consumer product to a half-decent reverse-engineer and they'll have schematic and CAD diagrams available in a week. Most products don't warrant having clones made of them.
@Majenta Strongheart Ok. So (roughly), "open sourceness" is about 1/4 of 1/5 of the criteria? So about 5% of the criteria ...
Based on the criteria listed, not considering weighting.
@[skaarj] i. Concept- Is the project creative, original, functional, and pushing boundaries? Does the project benefit society in some way? We are most interested in entries that clearly define a problem and how their project is a solution to that problem
@Scott Swaaley last time I checked 1/5 was 20>#/span###
and 1/4 of 20% is 5% of total? no?
@deshipu One out of five criteria bullets (1/5), one out of four sub-bullet questions (1/4).
How will phase of development factor? 4-5 months is unlikely to be enough time to make a product of any reasonable scope. It seems like it is currently setup to benefit people who already having a working prototype who can focus on documentation for the next 4 months.
@deshipu - I got confused too. I thought he meant "1/4 or 1/5', not a quarter of a fifth
ok, so it needs to be open source for the final round, but not for the entry round?
@Dan Maloney same
well, Pokemon games still keep crowds under control and brought a solution to certain people that got photos after Pokemon players trespassed certain.... protected areas... and brought a lot of money...
@Jakob Wulfkind projects that support the production of other products will definitely be considered
and about open source.... this ting may be difficult if someone decides to program straight into assembly due to real-time speed restrictions
aseembly is also source, no?
and it can be well structured and commented
If there's less emphasis on open-source than it used to be in previous editions, I just can't help but feel like it's only going to lower the quality of resulting projects on .io. When I see closed-source projects of any value in .io, they tend to not only lack production-ready files in a format suitable for me, but also hide critical details, i.e., parts of their journey and how they got where they are. Like, "here's our review of our own closed-source software, ohbtw, you can buy it by using this link", and sometimes the link is not there either.
@[skaarj] - Can't assembly be open source?
could be still open source, and of course you would add lots of comments for your assembly code, right?
I'd say if you know assembly *well enough*, then everything is open-source for you
Yes, it can, but difficult to understand
but also, god help you
@Arsenijs good point
@Andrew Sowa the entry does not have to be a finished product, if the concept, production plan, documentation of working prototype, and analysis of what makes your solution better than what is on the market are competitive then the project is competitive
@Arsenijs there is a big difference between ability to read assembly sources written by good programmers, and ability to read disassembled code
I think it's possible to be fairly public during the development process but not be fully open until you launch. I've seen some Kickstarters do this well: only completely open source when product starts to ship. I dislike knowing all the details but I understand it and even recommend it for certain aspects of a design
@Majenta Strongheart - that's a huge clarification. Thank you.
I dislike *not* knowing all the details, that is
sometimes you simply don't remember everything you tried in a debugging frenzy :)
@Majenta Strongheart - Maybe it would help if you shared the thinking behind this shift to a product development focus? That could help us get in your heads a bit and steer our entries accordingly.
@Majenta Strongheart And for the record, I think it's a great new focus and will stir things up in a great way.
@Majenta Strongheart The FAQ states: "But everyone should enter the Open Hardware Design Challenge too" -- Is this referring to another ongoing challenge?
@deshipu it's tongue-in-cheek, of course
there is one guy with a submited project - an Arduino shield which allows interfacing old retro CPUs and controllers for people to learn how to program them. This is extremely valuable tool for future engineers - start with the basics then get to implement their own architecture. I would love to see that project. This covers the open hardware design challenge perfectly.
@todbot wrt Kickstarters - it's incredibly easy to not release your files even if you promise to do it. Hell, I've done it a couple of times without any intentions!
and is an electronics product required? I think a (sophisticated) T-shirt could meet all rules as well
Agreed, I like the focus on DFM, even if the idea doesn't go to production. One often finds efficiencies in design when thinking like a manufacturer.
@Scott Swaaley We've seen people in the community make a prototype really well, we want to see the community take it to the next level, so we've raised the stakes and want to raise challenge accordingly
@todbot - Bingo!
DFM knowledge would be cool to have, indeed, but can most entries even get to the stage where they need DFM before contest ends, given that there's 4-5 months?
what is a "dfm"?
design for manufacturing
Basically, this is an additional step
@Arsenijs, true. I was thinking more about changing how one approaches parts: instead of using this one-off lamp I found a swap-meet, going to Digikey and searching for what lamps have >100k in stock
Will probably enter with OHSC if it is worthy with the next prototype. But might be a good motivation to get it done correctly and documented with all its challenges :)
At least i will definetly show a demonstration of its (planned) capabilities and current features at makerfaire berlin if someone is in the area.
also, does the contest actually encourage people to tell about their journey? I think there's a link between that and open-source, at least, that's what I've learned from observing projects here, the projects that don't go explicitly open-source also tend to have less to tell overall, as I've mentioned.
I understand the shift toward dfm thinking but making something at a scale does not need to be product focused. It feel like the prize is less unique now because there are many other finical prizes for good products from a business standpoint. There are less Financial prizes for important projects that don’t have a good financial case as a product
but given that the "documentation" requirements are still there, there might be not as much of a reason to worry.
@Andrew Sowa ah that's a good point. Hmm. I do like how much Hackaday is about open source and moving the entire community's knowledge forward
It's the U.S.A. - absolutely everything must function from a business standpoint so forget about "interesting" projects and focus on stuff that brings money.
@Majenta Strongheart - Are there any other things we should consider as we start to submit entries? Any lessons-learned from what you've seen entered so far? (with an emphasis on examples, when possible)
@[skaarj] can't anything that brings money be interesting?
I think the question I should ask is - what was the reasoning behind changes that were made to this years HaD prize, compared to last year's one? What were the insights that you can tell us about, that led you to change focus? Or was it something other, i.e. "let's try something new for a change"?
@[skaarj] And that's different in other parts of the world exactly how?
that's quite a "personal" question, I know =)
I guess finally Supplyframe wants to make some money with Hackaday :-)
@Arsenijs - See her answer above.
@Frank Buss unlikely
or getting some PR, otherwise they could have used the same name, "Hackaday Prize"
oh, now I noticed it, my bad - had to scroll through the log three times to notice =) If there's any other insights, of course, it'd be great to hear them.
@Scott Swaaley definitely consider the user of your product, that will make many decisions in the process of design and development more straightforward and result in a stronger entry
well, in some other parts of the world some projects start to bring money after 15....20 years - for example the educational system which is not required to bring money as fast as possible. A