OK, it's high noon here, so I want to welcome everyone to the Hack Chat! I'm Dan Maloney, I'll be moderating today for Majenta Strongheart, who'll be telling us all about the 2020 Hackaday Prize.
Thanks for joining us today, Majenta!
Happy to be here!
Can you start us off by telling us a little about yourself and your involvement in THP?
Of course, I've been working at Supplyframe DesignLab for a little over three years now, I have a background in industrial design, primarily working with wood, metal, and plastics. At DesignLab I help coordinate our events, our residency program, and keep our tools and facility running smoothly :)
Along with a team of amazing peeps at Hackaday and Supplyframe I'm helping coordinate the Hackaday Prize this year, we are very excited to have a few new aspects to this year's prize including getting nonprofit partners involved, I'm sure we'll get into that more.
So I guess that's my first question - entries don't necessarily have to address one of the four non-profit needs, correct?
Correct, we have a category that is sort of a catch-all for any entries not addressing a nonprofit challenge, this is the Wildcard category/ prize
The best of this category will be awarded $5k
Will the be a breakdown list of all the entries addressing nonprofit tasks. Just so I know what I'm up against.
Does a link to the prize page help?
There won't be separate lists but entrants should be tagging their projects with the challenge they are responding to, so you can explore projects in that way
For example: https://hackaday.io/projects?tag=ConservationXLabs
From the Hackaday side, I can tell you that we'll be doing a post every weekday on a Prize entry. Writers pick them at random from the pool of current entries and write up a daily post for the blog. If it goes like last year, they'll publish at 11:30 Pacific each weekday.
We'll be sure to mention which category each one is under.
Thats Great ^^
Will there be more info about specific problems the nonprofits want addressed? The HAD hivemind has cautioned in the past about geeky attempts to "solve people's problems" without input from those to be served...
My main project is a system that can take super high resolution pictures of small objects. If there's a problem that could benefit from that, I'd definitely try to apply what I already have to it.
on the subject of "specific problems" in need.
Yes, we've worked closely with each nonprofit partner to write up the design briefs which can be found here under "challenges" :https://prize.supplyframe.com/ or on the contest page https://hackaday.io/contest/171491-supplyframe-designlab-2020-hackaday-prize in each nonprofit's project log
we will also have mentor sessions with a team member from each nonprofit offered throughout the months of June- August where they can provide feedback and answer specific questions from entrants
@Ahron Wayne I will have to think a little more on where that might be useful when it comes to the nonprofit challenges, but if it doesn't fit any of those you can always enter it as a Wildcard entry
Can we get advice from someone to know if our project is suitable for certain nonprofit groups
Or would this be covered by the mentors sessions if the project is selected for the next stage
you can always email firstname.lastname@example.org...
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