The Hackaday Prize

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Getting Started

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.

  • Grand Prize:​ $50,000.
  • Second Prize:​ $20,000.
  • Third Prize:​ $15,000.
  • Fourth Prize:​ $10,000.
  • Fifth Prize:​ $5,000.

Enter contest

 

Open Hardware Design Challenge

Begins March 12th - Ends April 23rd (7:00 AM PDT)

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.

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. 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.
  4. Link to any repositories (e.g., Github).
  5. Document all open-source licenses and permissions as well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions.
  6. Submit the Project to 2018 Hackaday Prize using the “Submit project to...” option found on the published Project Profile.
 

Robotics Module Challenge

Begins April 23rd - Ends June 4th (7:00 AM PDT)

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.

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. 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.
  4. Link to any repositories (e.g., Github).
  5. Document all open-source licenses and permissions as well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions.
  6. Submit the Project to 2018 Hackaday Prize using the “Submit project to...” option found on the published Project Profile.
  7. Show at least four (4) Project Log updates or at least four (4) Build Instructions updates on your Project Profile.
 

Power Harvesting Challenge

Begins June 4th - Ends July 16th (7:00 AM PDT)

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.

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. 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.
  4. Link to any repositories (e.g., Github).
  5. Document all open-source licenses and permissions as well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions.
  6. Submit the Project to 2018 Hackaday Prize using the “Submit project to...” option found on the published Project Profile.
  7. Show at least four (4) Project Log updates or at least four (4) Build Instructions updates on your Project Profile.
 

Human Computer Interface Challenge

Begins July 16th - Ends August 27th (7:00 AM PDT)

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.

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. 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.
  4. Link to any repositories (e.g., Github).
  5. Document all open-source licenses and permissions as well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions.
  6. Submit the Project to 2018 Hackaday Prize using the “Submit project to...” option found on the published Project Profile.
  7. Show at least four (4) Project Log updates or at least four (4) Build Instructions updates on your Project Profile.
 

Musical Instrument Challenge

Begins August 27th - Ends October 8th (7:00 AM PDT)

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.)

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. 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.
  4. Link to any repositories (e.g., Github).
  5. Document all open-source licenses and permissions as well as any applicable third-party licenses/restrictions.
  6. Submit the Project to 2018 Hackaday Prize using the “Submit project to...” option found on the published Project Profile.
  7. Show at least four (4) Project Log updates or at least four (4) Build Instructions updates on your Project Profile.

Four equally weighted judging criteria for the challenges:

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:

 

Tindie Project to Product Program

Getting Your Build Through Manufacturing and to Customers

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.

 

Finals

On October 22nd (7:00 AM PDT), 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.

Minimum entry requirements:

On the Project Profile:

  1. Add the video link to the “Contest Entry Videos” section of your Project Profile found by clicking “Edit Project”. Here is a graphic example of the video link submission section.
  2. Post high-resolution photos of the project inside and out
  3. Update and add detail to info entered at the previous stage(s)
  4. Show at least ten (10) Project Log updates or at least ten (10) Build Instructions updates
  5. Post a components list that is complete with a bill of materials for one unit
  6. Post reproducible build instructions
  7. Post complete schematics and documented input and output requirements and specifications for your module/design
  8. Publish all design files Including 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: