72 Hours to Design Your Concept

The first challenge of the 2017 Hackaday Prize closes on this coming Monday morning. You have about 72 hours hours to submit your entry.

The challenge, called Design Your Concept, is really about a plan. Seeing a project through depends greatly on your ability to foresee where the pain points are. Will you get half way into your fabrication process and realize the PCB components won’t fit in the available space for your robot’s limbs? To be successful at this first round, show that you have a clear plan on all aspects of your design. It really is that easy. And you can start now and still get an entry together by Monday morning.

IuT ! IoT

The Hackaday Prize is about Building Something that Matters. That concept takes shape as we move into the second challenge round next week: IuT ! IoT.

This stands for “Internet of Useful Things, *not* Internet of Things”. We’ve proven that we can get connected devices into the hands of consumers that are useless, a privacy and security nightmare, and sometimes both. There are far fewer examples of really useful connected items that demonstrate a balance of privacy, security, and utility.

Sounds like fun, right? We think so, and there are several other payoffs to boot. The first is that we’re excited to see projects that address a social good. There is great power in technology, can you wield it in a way that benefits us all? Show us what you got and you may be one of 100 finalists awarded $1000. That pool of finalists — 20 from each of 5 challenge rounds — will go on to compete for the Hackaday Prize of $50,000 and four other top cash prizes of $20,000 to $5,000.

11 thoughts on “72 Hours to Design Your Concept

  1. Once again, I’m suffering from Hackaday Prize Fatigue (HaDPF) syndrome :-(
    But IMO it’s better this year compared with previous IMO. It feels like there are more posts in-between the HaD Prize flood stuff. A good sign :-)

      1. Hi Andrew, I get your point. But I though this HaD Prize thing should be about really something “new” and “significant”. And to be fair, it has been in the past. But this round seems to have a some “simple” stuff in the running. Maybe I’ll give it a try as a minimalist and post a HaD Prize project that’s just a voltage divider ;-)

    1. I have the inverse problem. It should be an all-year project thing. Here it feels like they waited far too long, and it’s too rushed. Enter a concept now, and we’ll judge the final result in a few weeks! That means you’ll get one of two kinds of projects: either the nice projects that were almost complete, or trivial stuff. I’m working on something (not intended for the contest but it would be a great entry IMO), but there’s just no way something relatively complex can be done in a few weeks like that… If the overall theme stays the same next year then I should be able to enter then.

      1. On the prize page there is a list of the ‘bootstrap’ prizes and it’s $1 per like! All the projects that have been paraded in the features are of course sat at the top.

        If I had known that in the beginning, I would have done a Facebook and told everyone to like my project or God kills a kitten

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