2020 Hackaday Prize Hack Chat

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:00 pm PDT Local time zone:
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Majenta Strongheart will host the Hack Chat on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at noon Pacific Time.

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It hardly seems possible, but the Hackaday Prize, the world's greatest hardware design contest, is once more at hand. But the world of 2020 is vastly different than it was last year, and the challenges we all suddenly face have become both more numerous and more acute as a result. We've seen hackers rise to the challenges presented by the events of the last few months in unexpected ways, coming up with imaginative solutions and pressing the limits of what's possible. What this community can do when it is faced with a real challenge is inspiring.

Now it's time to take that momentum and apply it to some of the other problems the world is facing. For the 2020 Hackaday Prize, we're asking you to throw your creativity at challenges in conservation, disaster response, assistive technology, and renewable resources. We've teamed up with leading non-profits in those areas, each of which has specific challenges they need you to address.

With $200,000 in prize money at stake, we're sure you're going to want to step up to the challenge. To help get you started, Majenta Strongheart, Head of Design and Partnerships at Supplyframe, will drop by the Hack Chat with all the details on the 2020 Hackaday Prize. Come prepared to pick her brain on what needs doing and how best to tackle the problems that the Prize is trying to address. And find out about all the extras, like the "Dream Team" microgrants, the wild card prize, and the community picks.

  • Hack Chat Transcript, Part 1

    Dan Maloney05/27/2020 at 20:02 0 comments

    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!

    Majenta Strongheart12:00 PM
    Happy to be here!

    Can you start us off by telling us a little about yourself and your involvement in THP?

    Majenta Strongheart12:03 PM
    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 :)

    Robb12:05 PM

    benw12:05 PM
    Hello :D

    Majenta Strongheart12:05 PM
    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.

    James Newton12:06 PM
    Majenta rocks!

    Majenta Strongheart12:06 PM
    thanks everyone!

    So I guess that's my first question - entries don't necessarily have to address one of the four non-profit needs, correct?

    rgrigg joined  the room.12:07 PM

    Majenta Strongheart12:08 PM
    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

    Majenta Strongheart12:09 PM
    The best of this category will be awarded $5k

    benw12:10 PM
    Will the be a breakdown list of all the entries addressing nonprofit tasks. Just so I know what I'm up against.

    James Newton12:11 PM
    Does a link to the prize page help?

    Majenta Strongheart12:12 PM
    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

    benw12:12 PM
    That's fair

    Majenta Strongheart12:12 PM
    For example:

    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.

    benw12:14 PM
    Thats Great ^^

    rgrigg12:15 PM
    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...

    Ahron Wayne12:16 PM
    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.

    Ahron Wayne12:16 PM
    on the subject of "specific problems" in need.

    Majenta Strongheart12:16 PM
    Yes, we've worked closely with each nonprofit partner to write up the design briefs which can be found here under "challenges" : or on the contest page in each nonprofit's project log

    Majenta Strongheart12:17 PM
    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

    Majenta Strongheart12:19 PM
    @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

    benw12:21 PM
    Can we get advice from someone to know if our project is suitable for certain nonprofit groups

    benw12:22 PM
    Or would this be covered by the mentors sessions if the project is selected for the next stage

    Majenta Strongheart12:22 PM
    you can always email

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