Astronaut Or Astronot: Vote For The Hackaday Prize!

Just in case we haven’t hammered it into your skull quite yet, we’re having a little contest over on Hackaday.io. It’s The Hackaday Prize, where everyone on Hackaday.io is invited to build something cool for the chance of winning a trip to space and hundreds of other prizes.

We know not everyone has the desire, skills, or the time to build a project, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still contribute. We’re holding a community voting round right now. Each week, we have a new round of community voting with a new theme. This week, we’re asking the Hackaday.io community to select the project that is most likely to be widely used. What do you have to do to participate? Just go over to the voting page, and choose between two projects our especially fair voting algorithm pulled from current Hackaday Prize entries. Pick the project that best meets the theme of the week.

Why would anyone want to do this? This Friday, I’ll be taking a look at everyone on Hackaday.io, pulling a number out of a hat, and if that person voted in the current round of voting, they win a thousand dollar gift card to the Hackaday store. We’re also giving away Hackaday t-shirts to random people who have voted each week.

The only losing move is not to play, so go over to the voting page and pick the projects that best meet the theme, “most likely to be widely used.”

14 thoughts on “Astronaut Or Astronot: Vote For The Hackaday Prize!

    1. It’s not a new round. It’s still ‘Most likely to be widely used’. If your vote count is zero, that means your used all your votes. You’re good.

      New round is coming Friday afternoon. If anyone has any suggestions on what the new rounds should be, leave a reply.

      1. MOST INVENTIVE: Back before the US Patent Office was the horrible joke that it is today the test for innovation was novelty. Is the invention non-obvious or and non-trivial. A most inventive category with a guideline of obtainable would be nice. A time machine would be a novel example, yet is unobtainable, but a new space propulsion system with nozzles based off the shape of an ink fish gland with empirical data to back up its effectiveness is an example of an innovative and obtainable product that can slightly alter time (the whole time relative to velocity thing). My air quality monitor project would not count as inventive as there are examples on the market and some HAD members are already on track with some good prototypes. To be inventive you have to do more than just combine stuff that already exits like put a fm radio on a skateboard. So, a most inventive category would be great.

    2. Brian explained this a couple of days ago (in a post comment).

      He doesn’t bother being clear in the article summaries, because no one reads them. Instead, he waits for someone to post a confused question and then writes a clear account of what he meant.

      This is better… somehow.

      You can find his explanation near the top of the comments in this article:

      http://hackaday.com/2015/06/12/stuff-the-ballot-boxes-for-the-best-hackaday-prize-entry/

  1. How about which one is accessible? If the hack cannot be made by someone else, no matter how great it is, it won’t help anyone else.
    – cost of BOM should be more accessible and not dependent on some unobtainium or one off items that no one else can get their hands on easily.
    – should be able to manufacture at some point. Hack won’t have any wide spread effects if it cannot be mass produced.

    1. I would argue that this is a single round of vote out of multiple rounds. It would reward those who went through the trouble to make their project more accessible than those who don’t. There is a lot of effort to do and it is only fair for those who tried to do that within the same time frame.

      Like I said, what good is your project if it involves the access of some relics that no one else can get. At the very least, there should be some alternative current parts that should be explored.

  2. How about “Most likely to solve a serious issue” since that is the topic..
    I wish I had a third option ‘non’, I had to vote between two projects that don’t have any information

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