Hackaday Merit Badges now available at Adafruit!

The folks over at Adafruit had this idea to make “merit badges” for different achievements. One of the major achievements they mentioned was having your project posted to Hackaday. They asked our approval and got it. The badges have finally come in, so we are happy to announce them. You can purchase them directly from Adafruit, along with a plethora of other badges to adorn your projects.

[Phil Torrone] had a great idea though. To celebrate this, they are going to give away 10 badges to the projects that you, our readers, choose to be the top 10. Go on, dig back through the ranks and post links in the comments. We’ll dig through them and try to compile a list. We will then try to contact those people to send them a free badge.


  1. War_Spigot says:
  2. John says:

    Looks like the boy scouts are adding some new interesting badges as well.

    Robotics – http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Robotics
    Welding – http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2011/11/16/next-up-welding-merit-badge/

  3. David Peters says:
  4. NatureTM says:

    I was browsing through adafruit the other day and noticed those. They have several other neat badges too. I should probably dig a bit more before voting, but I know I won’t bother, so I’ll just vote for one that I always thought was cool:

    DIY synthetic aperture radar:


  5. Stephen says:
  6. Delmar says:

    This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. http://hackaday.com/2011/10/16/we-want-this-led-ball/

  7. bluewraith says:
  8. pntcrzy says:
  9. andres says:
  10. Ando says:

    I think steampunk deserves one hands down brilliant work mate.

  11. Hirudinea says:

    Do the losing projects get the Magic Blue Smoke Monster badge?

  12. Danniel Ingrem says:
  13. Dustin Evans says:
  14. Springuin says:

    Sprite_tm deserves a dozen of these! See: http://hackaday.com/?s=sprite_tm

  15. Doc says:

    http://hackaday.com/2009/10/19/reverse-geocache-puzzle/ Combined open source hardware/software with puzzle solving, and the great outdoors. Brilliance.

  16. amishx64 says:

    In the interest of DIY and, well, hacking, shouldn’t we be making these ourselves?

    • jaqen says:

      I’m sure that if you made a DIY knitting mashine that spews out these badges, you’ll get a mention on this site, and thus qualify for a badge :-)

      • JWRM22 says:

        Well… If HAD made badges them selves, they would get the profit. Adafruit doesn’t make the badges themselves either.

        Why does it have to be an “achievement” badge, I just want a HAD iron-on patch.

  17. glados says:

    This here:


    1. It’s damn professional work. Very impressive!
    2. It’s so cool, I want one, too (in fact, I’m trying to replicate it right now!)


  18. KillerBug says:
  19. frost says:

    this is my fav project on hackaday <3


  20. NatureTM says:

    I wonder if we will even manage to agree on 10 projects. As mentioned above, there are several contributors that are featured time and time again. Maybe the badges should be given to those folks.

  21. Colecago says:

    I second Ben Heck.

  22. Ren says:

    BUY a MERIT badge????
    That’s seems SO wrong!

    Neat badge though…

    Oh yeah, I want to be the first to post,

    “We don’t need no stinking badges!”

    So make sure they are sprayed with Febreze B^)

    • pt says:

      hey ren, the badges are being given away *free* for the top 10 projects here. soon – you’ll also be able to earn badges, again for free, if you come up with an amazing project that’s featured on hack-a-day. i’ll have more details on that as i roll that program out! it’s something i wanted to do back when i started hack-a-day and now i have some resources to do it and can work with the hack-a-day team to help reward all the cool makers that share their projects.

      • Ren says:

        Oh, I didn’t mean the giveaway badges, I meant calling it a “merit” badge, while others could buy them “without” merit. B^)

        Sort of like (in a small way) someone buying a “Medal of Honor” and then wearing it as if they received it.

        I just might not be hacky enough to earn my own,
        then again, I’ve seen “Reader Tips” published (and paid for) in magazines that I’d thought of long ago.

  23. Grissini says:
  24. kelvin says:

    epic FAIL?

    make 10 different coloured badges, but keep one exclusive for hackaday, global phenomenon awaits, ala blue peter badges…

    nope, purchase one for $3…

  25. Tim says:
  26. Web enabled kinect is my favorite one


  27. Jason Tote says:

    Oh please – are we children? It’s like being in the scouts?!

  28. Austin Spafford says:

    Definitely the christmas lights hack that makes it easy to do custom projects for little time and money:


    For example, I repurposed a couple strings for halloween props:

    (warning: the audio is pure rambling)

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