The Hackaday Prize

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Getting Started

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; choose to enter any or all Challenges.

5 challenges run in series (one after the other) and each challenge lasts just 6 weeks. The Best Product challenge runs simultaneously with all 5 challenges.

Work alone or collaborate as a team. Big things start with just an idea. 20 projects will be chosen from each of the 6 rounds and awarded $1000 per project.

At the end of all 6 rounds, 120 projects in total will advance to the finals where 6 top prizes will be awarded, totaling $250,000!

  • One (1) Grand Prize: $50,000.
  • One (1) Best Product Prize: $30,000.
  • One (1) Second Prize: $20,000.
  • One (1) Third Prize: $15,000.
  • One (1) Fourth Prize: $10,000.
  • One (1) Fifth Prize: $5,000.
  • One Hundred Twenty (120) Finalist Prizes: up to one hundred twenty (120) submissions which advance to the final round will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000.
 

Design your concept

Starts March 20th - Ends May 1st

The Design Concept is the idea. Showcase your hacks, logs, drawings, and diagrams. Present a problem and pitch an answer that will change the world. Create a new device, develop a way for humans to interact across the sea, explore the unexplored. How you solve the problem and map out your theory and concept is how you will be judged.

Minimum entry requirements:
Idea + image + documentation

  1. Discuss the challenge the project addresses
  2. Discuss how the project will alleviate or solve the problem that the project addresses
  3. Discuss how the project might be world changing
  4. 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.
  5. Link to any repositories (e.g., Github)
  6. Document all open-source licenses and permissions as well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions
  7. Submit the Project to 2017 Hackaday Prize using the “Submit project to...” option found on the published Project Profile.
 

IUT ! IoT (Internet of Useful Things)

Starts May 1st - Ends June 12th

Let's take the Internet of Things and make it practical for everyday life. The Internet of Useful Things showcases a way to build a better tomorrow with the data you track and analyze. Prevent sick cattle and livestock with an IoT Farm, create a way for denizens to find clean well water in rural villages, or reduce energy waste in a smart home. Make for the greater good of your home, your city, your nation.

Minimum entry requirements:
Idea + image + documentation + 4 build logs

  1. Discuss the challenge the project addresses
  2. Discuss how the project will alleviate or solve the problem that the project addresses
  3. Discuss how the project might be world changing
  4. 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.
  5. Link to any repositories (e.g., Github)
  6. Document all open-source licenses and permissions as well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions
  7. Submit the Project to 2017 Hackaday Prize using the “Submit project to...” option found on the published Project Profile.
  8. Show at least four (4) Project Log or Instructions updates on your Project Profile
 

Wheels, wings, and walkers - projects that MOVE

Starts June 12th - Ends July 24th

Build something that moves. Take flight, go faster, jump over, drive into, crawl under, twist around, spin about and do it all over again. Movement and support for things that help move humanity forward are the objectives of your project. Wheelchairs, environmental drones, kickass bicycles for all shapes and sizes- these are the things to think about.

Minimum entry requirements:
Idea + image + documentation + 4 build logs

  1. Discuss the challenge the project addresses
  2. Discuss how the project will alleviate or solve the problem that the project addresses
  3. Discuss how the project might be world changing
  4. 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.
  5. Link to any repositories (e.g., Github)
  6. Document all open-source licenses and permissions as well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions
  7. Submit the Project to 2017 Hackaday Prize using the “Submit project to...” option found on the published Project Profile.
  8. Show at least four (4) Project Log or Instructions updates on your Project Profile
 

Assistive technologies

Starts July 24th - Ends September 4th

Assist, adapt, rehabilitate. Assistive technology projects ensure a better quality of life for the disabled. Contribute a product, equipment or system which enhance learning, working, and daily living. Imagine custom-fit eco-friendly respiratory masks, reliable utensils for the disabled, or refreshable braille displays for image text. Turn 'disability' into 'this ability'.

Minimum entry requirements:
Idea + image + documentation + 4 build logs

  1. Discuss the challenge the project addresses
  2. Discuss how the project will alleviate or solve the problem that the project addresses
  3. Discuss how the project might be world changing
  4. 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.
  5. Link to any repositories (e.g., Github)
  6. Document all open-source licenses and permissions as well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions
  7. Submit the Project to 2017 Hackaday Prize using the “Submit project to...” option found on the published Project Profile.
  8. Show at least four (4) Project Log or Instructions updates on your Project Profile
 

Anything goes

Starts September 4th - Ends October 16th

No reservation, no theme, no topic. This is your chance to build on your idea that resonates with you and encompasses the spirit of making. Build whatever you think would benefit humans and the world we live in.

Minimum entry requirements:
Idea + image + documentation + 4 build logs

  1. Discuss the challenge the project addresses
  2. Discuss how the project will alleviate or solve the problem that the project addresses
  3. Discuss how the project might be world changing
  4. 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.
  5. Link to any repositories (e.g., Github)
  6. Document all open-source licenses and permissions as well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions
  7. Submit the Project to 2017 Hackaday Prize using the “Submit project to...” option found on the published Project Profile.
  8. Show at least four (4) Project Log or Instructions updates on your Project Profile

Six equally weighted judging criteria for challenges 1-5:

Finals

On October 16th, the top 100 projects will be sent to our expert judges who will choose the top 6.

The 6 winners will be announced on or around November 11, 2017.

Minimum entry requirements:

  1. Video. Create a video, between two (2) minutes and five (5) minutes in length, that shows a working prototype. The video should describe the challenge it addresses and demonstrates how it facilitates the solution. The video does not need to be “studio quality,” but it should “sell” the project to non-technical viewers. Upload the video to YouTube, Vimeo or Youku, link to it on your Hackaday Prize project page and tag the video with the keyword: 2017HackadayPrize.

  2. On the Project Profile:

  3. Link to the video in the correct place
  4. Update and add detail to info entered at the previous stages
  5. Show at least ten (10) Project Log updates
  6. Post a components list that is complete with a bill of materials for one unit
  7. Post reproducible build instructions
  8. Document complete schematics
  9. Post high-resolution photos of the project inside and out. Include Gerber files (req – RS274 / RS274X), STL files (opt), netlist (opt), nc drill files (req – human readable), ODB++ (opt), STEP (opt), PCB files (opt), or any other design files

Judging criteria for finals: