The Hackaday Prize


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 2018 Hackaday Prize.

What is considered an entry?

Put simply, you need an idea, an image, and documentation. To start, 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 for judging to move on to the final round). This is what the Open Hardware Design Challenge is all about.

The remaining challenges involve building something and documenting the process. From your documentation, others should be able to build what you're working on, and incorporate the best ideas into their own projects. To be eligible for judging in challenges 2 though 5 you need 4 project logs or instructions.

Those who prefer more constraints will excel in any of the last four challenges tackle specific themes. But everyone should enter the Open Hardware Design Challenge too as it encourages you to plan well, working though problems before they become huge prototyping issues.

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

Choose to enter any of these five challenges. Each are 5 weeks long and will have 20 entries 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.

How do I see which projects have already been entered?

Check out this full list of official entries.

How much of my Project Profile will I be judged upon?

All parts of your project will be judged. We recommend you start with a brief summary to provide an overall understanding of your project. From there, explain each part in detail, adding images and diagrams as needed. A video is only required for the final round, but if you want to make one to help walk through your project that is a great idea.

Where do I submit my prize project entry video?

On the Edit Project page add the link to your entry video in the Contest Entry Videos field and click save.

What does "open" actually mean?

Open refers to how much you have documented about your project and how much you will make available to the public when you push your project out into the world. Optimally, we would like to see open source drivers, hardware, and development tools; the final project would also be licensed as open source (using the wide range of licenses that are possible). This is a judging preference, so providing design files in a format that uses open source tools (and therefore allows others to easily use or modify them), will help you with the best chance of edging out your competition.

What are the judges using as criteria for who moves on to the final round?

You must complete the minimum entry requirements for the Challenge. Challenge entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Is this a unique solution to a particular challenge facing the world today?
  • How thoroughly documented were the design process & design decisions?
  • How easily can this design be implemented by other people in future projects?
  • How complete is the project?

What are the judges using as criteria to select the top five winners?

Twenty entries from each challenge round will more on to the finals (100 projects in all). These will have time to improve upon their projects. Finalist entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • How thoroughly have the final round requirements been completed?
  • Does the project benefit society in some way?
  • How well documented is the project?
  • Is there base-level planning for the functionality (eg: functional block diagram, list of specifications and how they will be met, etc.)?
  • Is there a depth of design detail available (like a system design, CAD models, project test methods, etc), and how well do they demonstrate the project impact and viability?
  • Is the project creative, original, functional, and pushing boundaries?
  • How “Open” is the design? Preference will be given to projects that exhibit depth of Open Hardware and Open Source Software.
  • Is the project reproducible (consider materials, skills, and processes) and could the work be extended for other uses?

I was a finalist in 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017, can I enter the same project again?

If you won anything in a previous presentation of The Hackaday Prize that project is not eligible for entry in this Contest. You may enter with a substantially different project.

Can I re-enter my project from 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2017?

You can enter a previous Prize entry, but you must create a new project page and the project must be significantly different from when previously entered and show meaningful development during the course of the Contest.

I'm under 18, are there special rules around entering?

Yes, you must fill out a consent form and have a parent or guardian sign it. When you click on the dropdown under your project profile to enter the Prize, you'll get a screen with a link to download the consent form. Here is a link to the consent form.

Where can I see the Hackaday Prize 2018 entries? lists all of the Hackaday Prize 2018 projects entered.