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Inspire the world by showing the ways technology can enrich humanity.
100 Finalists will each win $1,000.
Build a solution to any one of five challenges. Show the power technology has to do incredible good and create hope for the future.
Twenty entries from each challenge will win $1,000 dollars and go on the finals where our Celebrity Judges will award the 2018 Hackaday Prize of $50,000 and four other top prizes.Start your entry
Participate in the Hackaday Prize by entering in one (or more) of five themed challenges. Each challenge is six weeks long, and occur one after the other. The top twenty projects from each challenge will be awarded $1000 and will move on to the finals, where the Celebrity Judges award the top five projects $10k to $50k respectively.
The first prize team members will also be considered for a residency with the Supplyframe Design Lab to further develop their project.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. ALL NATIONAL, FEDERAL, STATE, PROVINCIAL, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Projects that were selected as Semifinalists in previous presentations of The Hackaday Prize are not eligible for entry in this Contest, however, the contestants who developed those projects may enter with a substantially different project, provided they are otherwise eligible under these Official Rules.
Existing projects, or projects that were entered in previous presentations of The Hackaday Prize but did not advance to at least the Semifinal round, are eligible for submission as entries in this Contest with the following restrictions:
Internet access, a YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku account and personal and project profile pages on hackaday.io are required to participate. Employees and contractors of Sponsor and the family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees and contractors, are not eligible to win. The term “family members” includes spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, grandchildren and in-laws, regardless of where they live.
There is a dropdown menu below your project image. Simply start a project and click the dropdown, from there you will see 2018 Hackaday Prize.
Put simply, you need an idea, an image, and documentation. To start, talk about a technology problem facing people today and your idea of what a solution might be. Yes, you can enter the first challenge with just an idea (and be eligible for judging to move on to the final round). This is what the Open Hardware Design Challenge is all about.
The remaining challenges involve building something and documenting the process. From your documentation, others should be able to build what you're working on, and incorporate the best ideas into their own projects. To be eligible for judging in challenges 2 though 5 you need 4 project logs or instructions.
Those who prefer more constraints will excel in any of the last four challenges tackle specific themes. But everyone should enter the Open Hardware Design Challenge too as it encourages you to plan well, working though problems before they become huge prototyping issues.
Choose to enter any of these five challenges. Each are 5 weeks long and will have 20 entries advance to the final round.
You must participate in at least one challenge to be eligible for the final round. We encourage you to participate in more but it is not required.
Yes. The same Project Profile may be entered in any or all of the challenge rounds using the "Submit Project To..." menu found on your project page. Projects should adhere to the theme of the challenge so you may also consider entering several projects in different rounds.
Project likes get you dollars!
We have $4000 we’re giving away to fund the projects our community likes the most, literally. At the end of our first challenge, the Open Hardware Design Challenge, the most liked projects will be paid out $1 per like (maximum $200 per project) until our funding pool runs dry. Promote your project and earn money! Start your entry
Let's face it, recognition of great work is an award in itself. Throughout the Hackaday Prize we'll be awarding achievements to the most impressive, outlandish and otherwise notable projects. Check out the hints below on completing these achievements, and keep an eye out as we award some secret ones which are announced as they are received!
Have you found an entry that you think deserves an achievement? Don't keep that a secret, leave a comment on that project page. Your recommendation could make it happen.
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