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Hackaday is calling for the curious, the creative, the determined. The Hackaday Prize is for creating for social change in order to transform the world. Using your hardware and programming knowledge on top of your scientific, design, and mechanical abilities, you will innovate to make an impact in peoples' lives.

It's time to leverage your talent and find solutions to address a problem facing humanity today. With a new technical design challenge every 6 weeks, you are expanding the frontiers of knowledge and engineering.

Design an impactful project that suits you, or collaborate with a team to do it. With our global collaboration platform, your project can be moving forward at all hours of the day. Create things like reliable utensils for the disabled, a way for denizens to find clean drinking water in rural villages, refreshable braille displays for image text and a smart home to build a sustainable community. Or go beyond that and create something that has never been seen before.

Are you ready to build something that matters? Start your entry


Design your concept

March 20th - May 1st

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Internet of Useful Things

May 1st - June 12th

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Wheels, wings, and walkers

June 12th - July 24th

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Assistive technologies

July 24th - September 4th

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Anything goes

September 4th - October 16th

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Open Source Underwater Glider

Grand Prize Winner ($50,000 USD): The Open Source Underwater Glider is an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) capable of long-term underwater exploration of submarine environments.

The basics

All problem-solving starts with an idea or design concept to lead the way and provide direction for your design decisions. We invite you to identify a problem and then challenge you to solve it.

The first round of the Hackaday Prize is a chance to pitch an idea and submit a Design Concept. Then we give you 4 more Hackaday Prize challenges to run with. These 5 challenges run in series (one after the other) and each challenge lasts just 6 weeks. Work alone or collaborate as a team. Big things start with just an idea.

The Best Product Challenge runs simultaneously with the 5 challenges. This is a chance for you to become an entrepreneur. Develop a concept, create a bill of materials, draft up a business plan, make a video, and build your prototype. At the end of the Hackaday Prize, the top 20 Best Product finalists will be required to submit three prototype replicas for judging.

20 projects will be chosen from each of the 5 rounds and the Best Product Challenge and awarded $1000 per project.

At the end of all 5 rounds and the Best Product Challenge, 120 projects in total will advance to the finals, where 6 will win $50k, $30k, $20k, $15k, $10k and $5k. In addition, the 1st place project will be interviewed and considered for a residency in the Supplyframe Design Lab to develop their project further.

  • In order to win in the final round, you must build something!
  • You can enter the same project in all of the rounds.
  • You may not enter your exact 2014, 2015 or 2016 project again. Projects with an old THP label will be disqualified.
  • Significantly alter your 2014, 2015 or 2016 entry and start a new Project Profile with notable improvements to enter in the 2017 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 7:01 a.m. P.D.T. on March 20, 2017 and initial submissions will be accepted until 1:50 p.m. P.D.T. on October 16, 2017. Participants will advance as described below until the Contest ends with the announcement of the prize winners on or around November 11, 2017.
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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 2017 Hackaday Prize.

What is considered an entry?

Put simply, you need an idea, and image, and documentation. To start you simply 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 to be selected to move to the final round. This is what Challenge 1 is all about.

Challenges 2 - 5 invite you to start building something and documenting. You need 4 project logs or instructions in Challenges 2 - 5 to move into the finals.

Challenge five is for those who don't like to be tied down. Build anything you want to solve the problem you have chosen. Bask in your own creativity.

Those who prefer more constraints will excel in Challenges 2, 3, and 4 which tackle specific themes.

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

Each of the 5 Challenges are a 5-week first round from which 20 entries will 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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