In case you're wondering, then yes, the 65uino is absolutely designed to catch the essence of the Hackaday Prize 2023.
It's not just educational, it's not just green, it's not just a great piece of gear - it's all of the above! - and that's why I'm submitting the project for all three of those challenge rounds. And of course the wildcard!
I've noticed some critics comment about the project being just a joke novelty, but I certainly intend to prove it's very far from a joke. It is called "challenge rounds" after all, so challenge accepted!
In my new video I hope to convince some of the doubters as I show how I coded the serial bootloader for the 65uino and work around the constraints of a limited platform.
I sincerely believe working in a resource constrained environment is a great driver for innovation. With 4k of ROM available and only 128 bytes of RAM you HAVE to come up with new and improved solutions for the task at hand - and with that comes a skillset you wouldn't get otherwise.
In the video below I give a little glimpse at how the 65uino is intended to be used - you'd be surprised how much functionality you can squeeze into 100 bytes of code in RAM when you have a powerful library of subroutines in ROM. The serial bootloader will certainly speed up development when I can just move the subroutine I'm working on to RAM instead of constantly burning the ROM.
Wish me luck!