12/22/2015 at 18:33 •
"Santa Claus brings to you... extended deadlines so that you can celebrate!"
- @Kumar, Abhishek
Yeah, we're doing it again.
You now have until DECEMBER 28, 2015 at 14:00 PST to upload photographic or video proof that your project works.
As proof, you need:
- Photos of an assembled PCB.
- Photo/Video proof that it fulfills its purpose.
- For example, an electronic compass would fulfill these requirements by showing that the compass lights up different LEDs when turned.
- Breakout boards could have a video showing the chip being programmed and subsequently blinking an LED
What's considered acceptable proof is at the judges' discretion, so feel free to ask any questions below.
12/02/2015 at 00:39 •
The deadline originally set for today has been postponed to December 8, 2015. Same rules as last time: this is at 23:59 UTC, so you can look here to convert that into your timezone.
Here's what you need to do in the coming week:
- Finalize your design!
- There's no rule against creating a new revision before the contest ends, but you need to have a working circuit uploaded!
- Upload your schematic(s).
- Upload your BOM(s).
- Upload your design documents.
- This includes Gerber and Excellon drill files. DON'T FORGET THIS!
We will try to verify all projects' compliance with these rules by 23:59 UTC on December 7.
- Finalize your design!
11/24/2015 at 00:17 •
- Tuesday, 15:59 in San Francisco.
- Tuesday, 18:59 in New York City.
- Tuesday, 23:59 in London and Dublin.
- Wednesday, 00:59 in Paris, Berlin, Rome, Warsaw.
- (In another timezone? try https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html :] )
That's all you have to do.
You don't have to have any details about your project (yet.)
You don't have to have any PCB designs finished. (You don't even have to start on them!)
You don't have to post what your project's about. (You don't even have to know what it will be about!)
You might win a prize!
- 1 project will get $100 in credit for the Hackaday store and $50 for OSHPark.com.
- 6 projects will get $50 in credit for the Hackaday store and $25 for OSHPark.com.
So. Two links:
11/17/2015 at 16:50 •
You have one more week to enter. The deadline for entry is November 24 at 23:59 UTC (unix time 1448495999).
Entry is simple:
- Create a project
- Post a link to it as a comment on the project log titled “Enter Here”
JUST DO IT!
11/10/2015 at 14:07 •
This is your two-week reminder for entry in #The Square Inch Project— you must enter by November 24 at 23:59 UTC (unix time 1448495999)
The requirements for this deadline are simple:
- Create a project (or enter an existing one)
- Post a comment with a link to your project here.
That's it! So what are you waiting for?
09/29/2015 at 00:10 •
If you'd like to enter, please post a link to your project's page as a comment on this project log!
You don't need to have your PCB's schematics or circuit design finished to enter.
Each user can enter up to 10 PCBs. [One PCB per project.]
Your PCB can be smaller than 1x1".
Entered projects are listed here:
09/28/2015 at 23:53 •
Entry is simple!
- Read the rules.
- Start working on your project! Make sure it fulfills the requirements listed in the rules.
- By November 24, 2015, post a link to the hackaday.io project page here.
- By December 1, 2015, post design documents on your project's page.
- By December 22, 2015, post images of your assembled project on its page.
New to PCB design?
If you've got your electronics done, consider these software packages:
Fritzing is a beginner-friendly, open-source EDA application. It's great for people new to PCBs!
KiCad is a more advanced, open-source EDA suite. In fact, CERN is a major contributor!
Cadsoft is among most established players in the EDA field. A limited version of eagle is free to use.
Feel free to contact us in this project's comments section if you need help!
Not sure what to make?
Here's some ideas we were throwing around in the group chat:
09/28/2015 at 22:58 •
Entries must consist of:
- An EDA design for a printed circuit board. (including a schematic and a pcb design files, including generated gerber files. (Edit 2015-11-21: Gerber files must be sufficient to create a copy of the board. Includes Excellon drill files.)
- A bill of materials.
- Information about the purpose and usage of the project.
- Images of an assembled version of the project.
Stuff that we let you decide about:
- PCBs may have any amount of layers.
- Jumper wires and component connections in the air are allowed.
- Components choices are not restricted; components may be overhanging.
The following restraints are placed:
total printed circuit boards required for a single copy of an entry
must fit completely within a 1 inch by 1 inch square. (It may also be smaller.)
- Should such a copy of an entry require multiple separate circuit boards, they must be panelized by the entrant to fit within the aforementioned dimensions.
- Every account on hackaday.io may enter no more than 10 projects.
- Your design must follow the OSHW guidelines: http://tiny.cc/8aos3x
- The PCB must actually work, (amendment 2015-11-09: "fulfill its purpose") and you must demonstrate this with pictures or videos.
- A link to your project page must be posted as a comment on the contest page by November 24, 2015.
- Finalized schematics, BOMs, and design documents, as outlined above, must be posted on your project's page by December 8, 2015. [This has been postponed by one week after the original end date.]
- Pictures of assembled projects must be posted on your project's page by December 22, 2015. EDIT: Extended to DECEMBER 28, 2015 at 14:00 PST as of Dec 22, 2015
- All these deadlines are at 23:59 UTC on the specified date, unless otherwise specified.
- The judges, which are all users listed as contributors on this project, will decide on the winning projects in the weeks after December 22,2015.
- Community voting rounds may be held as early as November 24, 2015.
- The results from community voting won't directly influence the winner of the contest, but judges may take them into consideration during judging.
- Judges will rate designs based on usefulness, innovation, creativity, and engineering.
- Users may win more than one prize, should the judges feel this makes sense.
- Rules outlined in this section are subject to change.
Edit: @danjovic has created a checklist and posted it in a project log on #AVeRCADE: https://hackaday.io/project/7941-avercade/log/27385-contest-entry-checklist
(For reference only, your design must still follow the rules as posted on this page!)