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The Hackaday Prize is the Academy Awards of Open Hardware, a grand competition where thousands of hardware hackers, makers and artists compete to build a better future.

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Open Hardware Design Challenge

March 12th - April 23rd

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Robotics Module Challenge

April 23rd - June 4th

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Power Harvesting Challenge

June 4th - July 16th

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Human Computer Interface Challenge

July 16th - August 27th

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Musical Instrument Challenge

August 27th - October 8th

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Build Hope and we all win big.

Inspire the world by showing the ways technology can enrich humanity.

$200,000 in cash prizes

100 Finalists will each win $1,000.

Grand Prize
2nd place
3rd place
4th place
5th place

How it works.

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.

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The basics

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.

Quick notes:

  • You can work on your project after is it submitted. Your project will be judged by its Project Profile when the judging occurs.
  • You can enter the same project in multiple challenges.
  • You may not re-enter your exact project from previous years (2014-17). If you create a new Project and make significant improvements to the project it will be considered for the 2018 Hackaday Prize.
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Important rules


  1. SPONSOR.   The Contest is sponsored by Supply Frame, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 61 S Fair Oaks Ave Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91105.

  1. ELIGIBILITY.  Subject to the additional restrictions below, The Hackaday Prize (the “Contest”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec), the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Japan, India, South Africa, and wherever else the Contest is not prohibited or restricted by law. The Contest is not open to residents of Quebec, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, or any jurisdiction where the Contest would be restricted or prohibited by law. Participants must be at least 18 years of age (or the local age of majority where they live, if higher) at the time of registration, except that minors age 13 or older may participate by obtaining the consent of a parent or legal guardian as described below, as long as such participation is not prohibited or restricted by law where the minor lives.

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:

  1. A new project page must be created.
  2. The project must be significantly different from when previously entered and show meaningful development during the course of the Contest.

Internet access, a YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku account and personal and project profile pages on 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.

  1. TERM.   The Contest will open at 07:01 a.m. P.D.T. on March 12, 2018 and initial submissions will be accepted until 07:00 a.m. P.D.T. on October 8, 2018.  Participants will advance as described below until the Contest ends with the announcement of the prize winners on or around November 3, 2018 .
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Common questions

How do I enter?

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.

What is considered an entry?

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.

What are the 5 Challenges? When do they start/end?

Choose to enter any of these five challenges. Each are 5 weeks long and will have 20 entries advance to the final round.

How many Challenges do I need to participate in?

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.

Is it possible to win more than one challenge?

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.

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Bootstrap your idea with up to $200

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

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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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