Buy Break Build: A Hackaday Contest Series

We are proud to introduce a new contest here at Hackaday. Buy Break Build will be regular event where we challenge you to make something from something else. We want to work out your hacker brains to come up with inventive ways to use limited parts. We may have a specific product or genre in mind, and a specific out come we would like to get, then we let you guys loose to make it happen. The contests will usually be judged for winners in 3 categories; best presentation,  best use of only the existing parts, and most massive overkill. You don’t have to be an electronics engineer, or even know how to program a microcontroller. You simply document your entire hack with pictures and notes, then submit it to and we’ll choose the winners. Those winners will be awarded fabulous prizes and Internet fame as we’ll publish your writeup for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s an example to make things a little more clear. Don’t actually go do this one, it is just an example.

Contest: Radio controlled faces.  Everyone has an old R/C car lying around right? Can you use those parts to make an animatronic face? It doesn’t have to be humanoid, but at least recognizable as a face. There would be 3 winners, the one that made the best use of only the included parts, the one that had the best presentation, and the one that went absolutely the furthest overboard.

Remember, this one is just an example, so please don’t run out and get started just yet. We’ll be announcing our first Buy Break Build very soon.

31 thoughts on “Buy Break Build: A Hackaday Contest Series

    1. @Alan,
      Well, you probably wouldn’t win anything if you didn’t at least figure out how to put some kind of functinality in there. For example you could use the steering mechanism to make eyes look back and forth. The drive motor could be attached to a cam that opened and closed a jaw.

  1. Wife: What are you doing with [some item]? Me: Oh, its for a contest…I’m turning [some item] into [a cooler item]! Wife: What do you win? Me: Nothing! Wife: I don’t get it. Me: Don’t these LEDs looks sweet?

  2. I guess the phrase “best use of only the existing parts” need to be more specific.
    How about Duct tape, some glue, screws, nuts…. some wires, a bit solder…. well all those supporties, which are necessary to transform something in something else.
    There should be a more specific definition
    some are easy:
    wires ok
    arduinno not ok

    some are tricky:
    duct tape and wood frame ok
    3D milled alumina frame not ok
    3D printed parts ??

    However, I guess it is a bit blurry and it would be difficulte to set-up a correct list.

  3. Great idea, but a couple of questions:

    The prize is simply HaD fame with the writeup being on the site?

    What sort of submission do you want? PDF? text with web-link or attached images?

  4. question: how is this different from any other hack?
    Is it going to be anything we want
    (which is what i think you should do is)name some items that we can use, then whoever comes up with the best hack of those should win. or maybe have a similar theme but use anything we want.

  5. Buy it, use it, break it, fix it,
    Trash it, change it, mail – upgrade it,

    Our theme song, ain’t it?

    btw, I like the idea of an animatronic Demon Santa, but it’s too late for this year’s halloween. I guess he could be used for Christmas to scare off the carolers.

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