2021 Hackaday Prize Hack Chat

Rethink, Refresh, Rebuild

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:00 pm PDT Local time zone:
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Majenta Strongheart will host the Hack Chat on Wednesday, May 19 at noon Pacific.

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At this point last year, we probably all felt like we'd been put through a wringer, and that things would get back to normal any day now. Little did we know how much more was in store for us, and how many more challenges would be heaped on our plates. Everything that we thought would be temporary seems to be more or less permanent now, and we've all had to adapt to the new facts of life as best we can.

But we're hackers, and adapting to new situations more often than not means making the world fit our vision. And that's why the 2021 Hackaday Prize has adopted the theme of "Rethink, Refresh, Rebuild." We want you to rethink and refresh familiar concepts across the hardware universe, and create the kind of innovation this community is famous for.

The 2021 Hackaday Prize will have it all. As in previous years, the Prize will have several specific challenges, where we set you to work on a specific creative problem. There will also be mentoring sessions available, prizes for finalists along the way, and $25,000 and a Supplyframe Design Lab residency for the Grand Prize winner.

We know you're going to want to step up to the challenge, so 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 2021 Hackaday Prize. Come prepared to pick her brain on how the Prize is going to work this year, find out about the mentoring opportunities, and learn everything there is to know about this year's competition. It's the Greatest Hardware Design Challenge on Earth, so make sure you get in on the action.

  • Hack Chat Transcript, Part 1

    Dan Maloney05/19/2021 at 20:17 0 comments

    Erin RobotGrrl11:35 AM
    Hi!!! Does the project page have to be created in the time frames listed? (asking for friends who are interested)

    Matteo Borri11:51 AM

    @Erin RobotGrrl - Majenta will be on with us in a few minutes, she can give you the details

    JImmyMoe11:55 AM
    Hey Dan!

    JImmyMoe11:55 AM

    Majenta Strongheart11:57 AM
    Hi @Erin RobotGrrl ! Great question :) the project page must be created after the launch date of this year's prize (May 18th, 2021 7:01 am PT) and just needs to be submitted during the specific challenge entry period to count for that challenge

    Erin RobotGrrl12:00 PM
    Sweeeet! 😎 thanks @Majenta Strongheart will pass this along

    HI all, thanks for tuning into the Hack Chat today! I'm Dan and I'll be moderating today along with Dusan as we welcome Majenta Strongheart to talk about the 2021 Hackaday Prize, which was just announced yesterday.

    Welcome @Majenta Strongheart !

    Majenta Strongheart12:00 PM
    Thank you! Excited for the convo !

    This years Prize page, for reference:


    Supplyframe DesignLab Hackaday Prize 2021

    A global hardware design challenge focused on widespread and impactful innovation. This year, we are asking the community to rethink and refresh familiar concepts across multiple facets of hardware. How can we communicate more effectively through different display technologies? How can supportive tech expand its reach and also bring new potential engineers into the fold?

    Read this on Supplyframe

    Dusan Petrovic12:01 PM
    Hello and welcome!

    Erin RobotGrrl12:02 PM

    @Majenta Strongheart - can you briefly describe the rough structure of the prize this year? Like what the challenges are, etc?

    Majenta Strongheart12:04 PM
    ah that preview text needs to be cleared, but that is in fact the 2021 site, thanks @Dan Maloney!

    deʃhipu12:04 PM
    the links are wrong too

    Oh jeez, didn't notice that. The chat engine must have pulled up a cached copy.

    Mark J Hughes12:06 PM
    Well while you're figuring out the links, I have an off-topic question. is @Majenta Strongheart your given name, or did you invent it? It's awesome!

    Majenta Strongheart12:06 PM
    Yes of course, so this year we are returning to the monthly challenge structure of year's past, some of you may remember from 2018 and other years prior. There are 5 challenges each with a different theme: 1. Rethink Displays, 2. Refresh Work-From-Home Life, 3. Reimagine Supportive Tech, 4. Redefine Robots, and 5. Reactivate Wildcard

    Majenta Strongheart12:07 PM
    The top 10 finalists of each challenge will be announced shortly after the challenge period closes and be awarded $500 to help support their project through finals

    Majenta Strongheart12:08 PM
    The prizes this year are: First Place - $25,000 + DesignLab Residency, Second Place - $15,000, Third Place- $10,000, Fourth Place - $5,000, Fifth Place - $3,000

    Majenta Strongheart12:08 PM
    @Mark J Hughes thanks! My given name, shout out to my hippie parents :)

    DrG12:09 PM

    Laura12:10 PM
    How finished do the projects need to be at the end of the monthly challenge?

    Mark J Hughes12:10 PM
    What is DesignLab Residence?

    Majenta Strongheart12:11 PM
    @Laura very important question, the projects much meet he minimum entry round requirements listed in the official rules under section 4:

    1. Discuss the challenge the project addresses.

    2. Discuss how the project will alleviate or solve the problem

    that the project addresses.

    3. Publish at least one (1) image illustrating how the project

    might be used. This may be a sketch, schematic, flow chart,

    rendering, or other type of image.

    4. Link to any repositories (e.g., Github).

    5. Document all open-source licenses and permissions as

    well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions.

    6. Submit the project to the 2021 Hackaday Prize using the

    “Submit project to...” option found on the published Project Profile.

    7. Show at least four (4) Project Log updates on your Project


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