The Hackaday Prize

The challenge: “Openness is a virtue”
Are you a hardware hacker? Well, listen to this: Supply Frame has issued a global challenge to designers like you! Using open source technologies and the reuse of submissions by the hardware community, The Hackaday Prize challenges you to create a world-changing design by innovation in connected devices.

These are the only simple requirements you need to meet:

  • You must actually build something
  • It must involve some type of electronics that are connected to something
  • Our main requirements have to do with documentation. This includes a list of parts, schematics, images, and videos. Remember, Openness is a virtue.

The prize
You won't believe this grand prize, all you designer space cadets out there. The grand prize, to our lucky and creative winner, is an all-expenses paid trip to outer space on the rocketship carrier of your choice! Really! Get ready to put your spacesuit on and connect up those oxygen hoses. Or you can choose instead US$196,418 in cash. There are hundreds of other prizes, like team skydiving, an all-expense paid trip to the Akihabara electronics district in Japan, and essential hardware hacking tools such as milling and tooling machines and 3D printers.

The renowned judges
The judges will be:

  • Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, Ronin, @bunniestudios
  • Jack Ganssle, The Ganssle Group,
  • Joe Grand, Grand Idea Studio, @joegrand
  • Sprite_TM,, @SpritesMods
  • Limor “Ladyada” Fried, Adafruit, @adafruit
  • Dave Jones,, @eevblog
  • Elecia White, Logical Elegance, @logicalelegance
  • Ian Lesnet, Dangerous Prototypes, @dangerousproto

Preliminary submissions through Hackaday Projects are being accepted now through June 28, 2014. The Hackaday Prize welcomes entries from contestants over 13 years of age. To learn more, visit, email to receive newsletter updates, or follow contest news on Twitter at @hackaday or #thehackadayprize.

Watch a teaser video for the challenge below.

This article was originally published on EBN's sister publication EDN .

12 comments on “The Hackaday Prize

  1. t.alex
    May 24, 2014

    Of all the contests so far, this reward looks pretty appealing !

  2. SunitaT
    May 25, 2014

    I don't believe what they've put up as prizes. Although two hundred thousand dollars are not a little amount, but it doesn't compare to the all expense trip to outer space! This contest would surely get the buzz and would create interest in the electronics community.

    Not only that, even if one doesn't win, there's the factor of learning. I think many supply chain heavyweights would have a thing or two to teach others when they compete.

  3. _hm
    May 25, 2014

    This is collecting ideas for free. I do not agree to part with one's million dollar idea for free or like that.

    Why not make startup and make much more out of it?

  4. ahdand
    May 26, 2014

    @_hm: It may look good at first glance but you can value it only after its being put into test because then only the other parties evaluate it properly. 

  5. Wale Bakare
    May 26, 2014

    May be there are more to this prize. Designers may have to come up with a very interesting and scalable designs within a very short time.

  6. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    May 26, 2014

    _HM, i like the idea that this is in the open source space. Many great ideas never get a chance–and this is a way to get notoriety and attention, and a prize.

  7. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    May 26, 2014

    I think getting feedback from the industry would be really invaluable.

  8. Houngbo_Hospice
    May 27, 2014


    “Why not make startup and make much more out of it?”

    You may not be sure that your idea is a million dollars business if you don't get the right feedback from the right people. So an open model can help you gather the right team to implement that idea.

  9. Houngbo_Hospice
    May 27, 2014


    ” It may look good at first glance but you can value it only after its being put into test”.

    That's right! Coming up with great ideas in not the hard part. But turning a concept into something customers will like and buy, can prove to be much more challenging.

  10. itguyphil
    May 27, 2014

    Ideas are a plentiful. Good to great execution is a dime a dozen. It's also the hardest to find in most industries.

  11. ahdand
    May 30, 2014

    @Pocharle: Yes turning the ideas into useful information is the hardest part. Once its being done executing is not that hard. 

  12. itguyphil
    June 19, 2014

    Execution is still hard when you have the right information. Effective execution is what you really want.

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