The Hackaday Prize Rules Update and Entry Date Extension



Hackaday has been hard at work making sure the requirements to qualify for The Hackaday Prize are well understood. Recently we published a FAQ to help answer questions, and we updated the main contest page to make information easier to find. We are also publishing a pair of “walkthrough” videos that show just how easy it is meet these requirements. In light of these clarifications, and the availability of these helpful resources, we have decided to extend the deadline for entries from 8/4/14 to 8/20/14, and to make minor changes to a couple of requirements in the Official Rules. Here’s a summary:

  • Contestants must now complete all requirements for the “Community Vote (Stage 1)” and “Quarterfinals (Stage 2)” by 11:50 P.D.T. on August 20, 2014 (rather than August 4, 2014).
  • Contestants are no longer required to make one video for the Community Vote stage and another video for the Quarterfinals stage. Instead, only one video – the video described under the “Quarterfinals (Stage 2)” subsection of the Official Rules – is required by the 11:50 P.D.T., August 20, 2014, Quarterfinals deadline.
  • Build instructions are no longer required at the Quarterfinals stage.
  • Contestants do not need to post any videos, at any point in the contest, to Hackaday’s YouTube channel (although you still need to upload each video to YouTube or Youku and tag it with the keyword provided in the Rules).

We have amended the Official Rules to reflect these changes. Please view them here.

We hope that this will make it easier for you to enter and claim the The Hackaday Prize by showing off your mad electronics skills. You’ve got extra time… get hacking!

As always, If you have any questions about The Hackaday Prize you may contact us directly:

Thanks, and good luck!


  1. Hmm. Okay. Can’t help but feel that that kind of sucks, but, your contest, your rules.

  2. tekkieneet says:

    Some cheap prizes (e.g. T-shirts etc) better be there for the people who went through the trouble make making that waste of time 2 minute video in the middle of a project cycle.

  3. By the way, Mike, the FAQ still has the Aug 4 date.

  4. Liam Jackson says:

    There are only 12 months :-D

  5. matseng says:

    So what brought on these changes? Not enough “space worthy” entries?

    This contest slash publicity stunt is of course very generous, but it would probably have gained the community more with having spent the 250k grand prize as twentyfive prices of $10k or even fifty $5k prices instead. That could be a lot of nice laser cutters or high end 3d-printers distributed into the community.

    • j0z0r says:

      I think it was just general confusion about what the exact requirements were. There was conflicting information on different pages and some of it was vague or badly worded, leading entrants to think vastly different ideas about what qualifies. I have a project entered, and I wasn’t sure myself what all was required. I think I’m gonna polish up another of my projects and enter it with the extra time

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