$50k In Play: Giving Away 50 LightBlue Bean This Week

This week we’re awarding a LightBlue Bean board to 50 projects entered in The Hackaday Prize.

We love this little board so much we put it in our store. It brings a microcontroller that has plenty of room and peripherals (and is quite well-known… the ATmega328) with the connectivity of Bluetooth Low Energy. If you’re planning on building something that needs processing power and connectivity with smartphones this is a good place to start. And this week you might just score one as part of the 2015 Hackaday Prize.

We’ll be looking for entries that are getting ready for the physical build and need connectivity. The best way to let us know your project should be one of the fifty winners is to post a new project log with your construction plans and how the Bean (or BTLE) would fit into that plan. Submit your build by next Wednesday (5/6) and you’re in the running!

We’re giving away $50,000 in prizes, 1/10 of the total Hackaday Prize pool during the build phase going on right now.

Last Week’s 30 Winners


Last week we were looking for great entries in need of circuit boards and boy, did we find a lot of them. Judging is super hard. We looked at all the entries and ended up with these 30 winners. Each will receive $50 to use for custom PCB manufacturing from OSH Park. We expect to see a lot more purple boards popping up on entry pages in the coming weeks! Congratulations to all winners. Each project creator will find prize info as a message on Hackaday.io.

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9 thoughts on “$50k In Play: Giving Away 50 LightBlue Bean This Week

    1. A while back, I donated for a disaster relieve at work, the company matched our donations and the government also matched (from my other pocket) the amount. It was also a tax write off.

      Sometime donating at the right place gets your money a multiplier… My government is also doing a match for private donations this time.

  1. Sadly the Beans still don’t have Linux support after so long time. Nor do they publish enough specifications for people to (easily) make their own, so it has this proprietary side there in an otherwise open platform. I imagine sniffing the BLE traffic shouldn’t be too troublesome, but why bother when there are other affordable BLE-with-Arduino-solutions available (ie. CC2540-based modules)..
    I have one of those Beans in my drawer waiting for better times to arrive :).

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