Didn't Make it to the Finals

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Luke BenoLuke Beno 10/06/2015 at 20:274 Comments

Well, its about time to break the silence.

If you didn't already know, didn't advance to the next round for the 2015 Hackaday Prize. I have to say that I'm bummed about it. I also 100% respect the decision of the judges. There are many things that I admit could have been better documented on the site and a more cohesive message for the judges about how the project relates to the evaluation criteria.

Working as a professional, traveling often for work, having a wonderful wife and 2 awesome children with another on the way is a full plate. I especially give kudos to the Hackers and Makers here on who have progressed their projects while also keeping everything afloat in their personal lives. It's stress full but also rewarding, totally under appreciated by the community where it seems like college students and younger professionals can run circles around everyone based off of the shear energy and time that they have at their disposal!

Furthermore, I have an enormous amount of respect for those working in the less urban areas of the world where online is the only place to interact with people who share the same interests.

Then there is the truly inspirational efforts of Patrick Joyce with his Eyedriveomatic.

Bottomline is that there are a lot of great entrants that made it to the next level. I'm going to keep working on and think that there is still something very important about the project. I'm also willing to help any of the finalists with advice as I've done here. is a platform that can connect so many devices. I hope that I can work with one of the finalists to integrate their idea into the platform and showcase it in the process. Please contact me if that is the case.

Finally, the last comment that I will say relates to Skulls. I've been really fortunate to get so many of them from many people. I would encourage everyone to be generous with skulls, there is nothing more encouraging than waking up and seeing in your feed that someone gave a skull. I will especially direct your attention to #Vinduino, a wine grower's water saving project it is a totally under skulled project so skull it up!


Amol P wrote 11/30/2015 at 03:43 point

Hi Luke,

    I admire your project. Keep up the good work!

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Reinier van der Lee wrote 10/09/2015 at 02:12 point

Thanks for the endorsement !

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Eric wrote 10/06/2015 at 20:53 point

Haha, as a dad of 2 kids (no more) I feel your pain!  I have so many projects that have become distant memories after 2+ years....... never to materialize ;-)

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Luke Beno wrote 10/07/2015 at 00:35 point

Glad to hear I'm not alone :)  Its funny how fast the years can fly by!

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