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!
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
On October 21st, 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.