100 Semifinalists For The 2015 Hackaday Prize

Entries for the 2015 Hackaday Prize — the nine-month design contest that challenges you to build something that matters — closed one week ago today. There were over 900 entries and everyone at Hackaday has been blown away by the different approaches used to solve problems affecting a large number of people, and at the huge body of Open Hardware that has been documented by the process.

Today it is our pleasure to announce the 100 Semifinalists who will move on to the next round. Congratulations to you all on this accomplishment. These designs will continue to be refined as we approach the September 21st deadline where 10 finalists will be chosen by our expert judging panel: Akiba, Pete Dokter, Lenore Edman, Limor Fried, Jack Ganssle, Dave Jones, Heather Knight, Ben Krasnow, Ian Lesnet, Windell Oskay, Micah Scott, and Elecia White. The 10 finalists will go on to compete for the Grand Prize: A Trip into Space or $196,883.

For those who didn’t move on to the Semifinal round, please do not take this as a strike against your work. Don’t stop now, your ideas can still change the world!

Best Product finalists were announced in this post.

Browse the 2015 Semifinalists List or the full list of entries.

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26 thoughts on “100 Semifinalists For The 2015 Hackaday Prize

  1. For anyone wondering why they might not have made it, (unofficially) check to see if your project met the competition criteria here – https://hackaday.io/project/6041-analyzing-the-hackaday-prize-2015/log/23817-sortable-and-searchable-project-spreadsheet

    The spreadsheet shows if you had a video posted and the required number of project logs, as well as other stats as of the submission deadline!

    Also check to see graphs of the number of submissions per day here – https://hackaday.io/project/6041-analyzing-the-hackaday-prize-2015/log/23772-project-log-creation-graphs

    1. I didn’t expect to make it, but noticed I didn’t enter project log data, so even if I had a chance (which I can’t honestly expect I did), I didn’t follow rules.

      there’s always next year!!

  2. None of my projects made it, but that just leaves time to work on them without a deadline looming overhead now. Congratulations to all the ones that did, I see a few familiar ones, and a couple more I’m gonna have to get acquainted with. Looks like the fun is just beginning!!!

  3. It would be extremely useful for all the contestants if you could post all details and scores on the judging (e.g. individual scores and places of projects, judges’ opinions, etc. ) Please please please, do share as much as possible. We already did our feedback, now it’s your turn.

    1. It does technically have one as per the rules in the links. It’s labelled hackaday prize video 2014. The rules don’t state you needed a new video, just that you needed to show “meaningful progress”.

        1. No worries :).

          Mistakes happen, from checking against the unofficial list in the analytics project it was the only one out of all of them that didn’t meet the criteria. Looks like they rectified it pretty quickly and went to the next on the list (Crazy Clock).

  4. I was very surprised to find out I’m still in the running.

    I’ve been really busy with other projects and I haven’t had much time to spend on my Health Maintenance Robot.


    I plan to do my darnedest to get the robot presentable by judging time. I’m both excited and scared to think those judges will be examining my project thoroughly. I’m a fan of many of the judges and really don’t want to embarrass myself “in front” of them.

    I thought there were a lot of amazing projects which didn’t make this round of cuts. I feel like I need to show people Hackaday wasn’t completely nuts (only mostly nuts) for advancing my project over these other great projects.

    I’ve got a lot to do in these next few weeks.

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