The Hackaday Prize


This panel of expert judges is here because of you. They believe in the power of sharing knowledge and ideas. They believe in the power that Hackers, Designers, and Engineers have to change the world. Check out their backgrounds and the ways they're supporting the advancement of hardware development in their own endeavors.


Akiba is based out of Japan and active in the international hardware hacker community.
More He's a research affiliate at MIT Media Lab and design consultant to UNESCO and the IAEA. He's a founder of Safecast, Tokyo Hackerspace, currently starting an experimental, co-living, agricultural hackerspace in the rural countryside of Japan called "hackerfarm", and starting a hackerspace with the Tibetan and Himachali community in Dharamsala, India in the Himalayas. He's also strangely infatuated with stage and live performance technology.

Pete Dokter

Pete Dokter is the SparkFun Director of Engineering and is the host of the "According to Pete" video series.
More He got his start as an electronics enthusiast by taking things apart and, in his words, "sometimes putting them back together." Pete holds an associates degree in computer electronics and has a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In his free time, Pete plays the guitar, flies model sailplanes, and works on any number of electronic and mechanical projects.

Lenore Edman

Lenore M. Edman is the co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, a hobby electronics and robotics business.
More Lenore's educational background is in the liberal arts (English and Greek) and she has worked at universities, a library and a biotech company. Lenore's interests are at the intersections of papercraft, electronics, cooking and science. She also mentors a local high school robotics team.

Limor "Ladyada" Fried

Limor "Ladyada" is a MIT engineer, open source hardware and software pioneer and entrepreneur.
More She is the founder of the educational electronics company, Adafruit. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine, an EFF Pioneer Award recipient for open-source software & hardware and was recently awarded Entrepreneur magazine's Entrepreneur of the year.

Jack Ganssle

Jack Ganssle in an internationally-recognized embedded systems engineer, author and speaker.
More He designed some of the very first embedded systems. He started three high tech companies, built or managed the development of over 100 embedded systems, and now advises companies, lectures, and writes about embedded systems. He was the only embedded person on NASA's Super Problem Resolution Team, created by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board to harness the expertise of highly-respected people from outside the agency. He has worked on many classified government projects and has held various clearances, including Top Secret/Special Intelligence.

Dave Jones

David L. Jones is an electronics design engineer based in Sydney Australia.He hosts the EEVblog,
More the world’s largest and most popular engineering video blog and Youtube channel. In each episode he shares some of his 20+ years experience in the electronics design industry in his unique non-scripted naturally enthusiastic and passionate style. Dave was the first engineering blogger to become a full time Youtuber back in April 2011. It remains his full time job – entertaining and educating a vast Youtube engineering audience of over 210,000 subscribers.> He also founded and co-hosts The Amp Hour, the largest and most respected electronics oriented radio show that features leading industry guests and commentary.

Heather Knight

Heather Knight is a PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon and founder of Marilyn Monrobot,
More which features comedy performances by Data the Robot, the annual Robot Film Festival and a one-off Cyborg Cabaret. Her current research involves human-robot interaction, non-verbal machine communications and non-anthropomorphic social robots. She was named to the 2011 Forbes List for 30 under 30 in Science and is featured for her Robot Comedy performances on TED. Her work also includes: robotics and instrumentation at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, interactive installations with Syyn Labs (including the award winning "This too shall pass" Rube Goldberg Machine music video with OK GO), field applications and sensor design at Aldebaran Robotics, and she is an alumnus from the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Ben Krasnow

Ben works at Google[x], creating advanced prototypes, and previously developed virtual reality hardware at Valve.
More After work, he spends time on various projects that usually involve circuit design, machining, and chemistry. You can follow Ben’s projects on his youtube channel, Applied Science.

Ian Lesnet

Ian blogged about his hardware hacks at Instructables, then later at DIY Life and Hack a Day.
More In 2009 he started Dangerous Prototypes and teamed up with Seeed Studio to make copies of his project available to everyone. Ian has a background in design and city planning.

Windell Oskay

Windell H. Oskay is the co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, designing and producing
More specialized electronics and robotics projects and kits since 2007. Windell was also a founding board member of OSHWA, the Open Source Hardware Association. Previously, Windell has worked as a hardware design engineer at Stanford Research Systems and as a research physicist in the Time and Frequency Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Lake Forest College and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Micah Scott

Micah spent her childhood making the languages and worlds of technology her own,
More as an alternative to the isolation of suburban life and gender dysphoria. She followed this path to a career in the software industry, then a second career in art. Now she explores the boundaries between technology, society, and creative expression, using her unique perspective to try and help illuminate what makes us human.
Micah's work focuses on applying new media techniques with a careful eye to the details of how the underlying technologies work. She often creates new technologies for a particular project, and she prefers not just using the technology to tell a story but making the technology itself and our relationship to it part of the story.

Elecia White

Elecia has shipped dozens of projects from DNA scanners to children's toys to an FAA certified airplane system.
More She's made simple embedded systems (so many projects seem to be LEGO blocks: processor, sensor, some software algorithms, connect to USB, Bluetooth or WiFi)but she also enjoys projects with more complicated math (signal processing, machine learning, control loops). For example, she worked at ShotSpotter, identifying gunshots in the midst of busy city soundscapes.
Elecia has been an engineer, a manager, and a director. While the other roles were interesting and rewarding, she prefers hands-on engineering: architecture and implementation. Founder of Logical Elegance, Inc., a consulting company focusing on embedded software, she also wrote Making Embedded Systems for O'Reilly. Elecia is easily amused but care deeply about the application and users of the products I work on. Making Embedded Systems
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