The Hackaday Prize begins with 5 themed challenges which run in nonstop series (one directly after the other). Each challenge lasts 6 weeks long, with the first challenge beginning on March 12th and the last ending October 8th. The top 20 projects from each round win $1000 and advance to the finals.
Challenge-winning participants are encouraged to improve on their projects and must meet the Minimum Finals Entry Requirements in order to be included in the 2018 Finals.
Finals begins on October 22nd, when these 100 winning projects are brought to our Celebrity Judges. These influential people will choose the top 5 projects to be announced at the Hackaday Superconference on November 3rd and awarded the following awesome prizes.
Begins March 12th - Ends April 23rd
Your Challenge: Design the best plan possible for the boldest idea you can consider. No prototypes are required for this challenge, only pictures, charts, and theory. The 2018 Hackaday Prize is about Building Hope and your design should demonstrate an uplifting use of technology. Talk about that application and show that you have a well-engineered plan for how to see the build through to success. Share the details others would need to build their own version of your project.
Everyone should enter the Open Hardware Design Challenge. If your design fits the theme for one of the other challenges you will be able to enter it in that challenge as well.
Begins April 23rd - Ends June 4th
Your Challenge: Build a module that can be used in robotics projects across the world, and show your module functioning in a robotics application. This could be a motor driver, a sensor package, an actuator, or anything else. A module is a distinct design which can be easily incorporated in other builds.It's important that you include consideration of the details that will make this transferrable to other builds.
Begins June 4th - Ends July 16th
Your Challenge: Build a module that harvests ambient power for various applications and show your module powering a project. Power harvesting includes getting energy from opportune sources like solar, thermal, wind, ambient light, inductive coupling with power lines, etc. It can be the sole source of power or supplemental to reduce traditional consumption. Present this as a module; a distinct design which can be easily incorporated in other builds. It's important that you include consideration of the details that will make this tansferrable to other builds.
Begins July 16th - Ends August 27th
Your Challenge: Build an innovative interface for humans to talk to machines or machines to talk to humans. Make using technology a more intuitive, more fun, and more natural activity. This interface could be visual, auditory, haptic, olfactory, or something never before imagined. Show your project in action either controlling something or passing information from somewhere. Show how others can adapt your HCI for use in their own projects.
Begins August 27th - Ends October 8th
Your Challenge: Build a module, interface, or full instrument that evolves or goes far beyond modern music instrumentation. Where would the world be without the electric guitar, theremin, synthesizer, violin, sampler or turntable. Build something that should be added to that list. Show your project in action by creating at least one song with it, however abstract. (Don’t worry, this is an engineering challenge, not a composition competition.)
Your entry will be judged using the following criteria. For your best chance at becoming a finalist, be sure to cover all of these in your project writeup:
New to this year's Hackaday Prize is the Tindie Project to Product. We're taking a close look at each of the finalists, searching for two builds that simply must get into the hands of the users who will love them. This is a perfect description of the unique hardware Tindie is known for.
In addition to (and separate from) any Hackaday Prize award, the Project to Product program will provide financial support of up to $5000, and the technical and logistics support needed to help you take your design to manufacturing and get it up for sale in your own Tindie store. All details will of course be worked out with the project designer. The design remains 100% yours and we just ask that this first production run be sold exclusively on Tindie.
On October 22nd, the top 100 projects will be sent to our expert judges who will select the top 5.
The 5 winners will be announced at the Hackaday Superconference on or around November 3rd, 2018.