Entering Hackaday Prize

A project log for LiFePO4wered/ESP32

ESP32 IoT core board with flexible power and flexible communications

patrick-van-oosterwijckPatrick Van Oosterwijck 08/25/2019 at 04:170 Comments

So I've entered this project into the Hackaday Prize 2019 contest.  Not sure if it's a good idea or not.  I'm entering very late.  There are many other good projects that jumped on the opportunity right away and have collected tons of followers and likes (and bootstrap money) by now, while I've just started to document my early stages of development.  Some projects look like they have fully functional hardware at this point, while I have just a whiteboard sketch.

But, since it's about designing products this year, I really can't let it slide, since that's what I do. :)  We'll see if I can manage to attract some attention from the judges with what I have documented by now.  I'm hoping that my track record of turning the #LiFePO4wered/Pi+ and #wESP32 into successful products will be helpful.  It just didn't fit into my schedule to kick off the project any earlier. 

I considered letting this year's prize pass and submitting the project to next years prize, but who knows what theme it's going to be about next year?  Probably nothing that would fit a product like this.  Designing something that's not just a hack but a product, that's something I can do.

I hope they're not getting me on some technicality this time.  Like: I have not yet detailed my license because there's nothing to license yet!  When there's a schematic, it will be CC-BY-SA like most of my stuff.  There isn't a detailed description yet because I'm still designing the thing so I don't know what it's going to be yet.

So, let's just see what happens. :)