These 20 Projects Won $1000 For Assistive Technologies

For the last seven months, Hackaday has been hosting the greatest hardware competition on Earth. The Hackaday Prize is a challenge to Build Something That Matters, asking hardware creators around the world to focus their skills to change the world.

The results have been spectacular. In five rounds of design challenges, we’ve seen more than 1000 entries and so far eighty of them have won $1000 and a chance to win the Grand Prize: $150,000 and a residency at the Supplyframe DesignLab in Pasadena.

Last week, we wrapped up the last challenge for the Hackaday Prize: Assistive Technologies. We’re now happy to announce twenty of those entries that have been selected to move to the final round and have been awarded a $1000 cash prize. Congratulations to the winners for the Assistive Technologies portion of the Hackaday Prize:


Who Will win the 2016 Hackaday Prize?

The finalists from each round are now being sent to our fantastic panel of judges. One of them will be awarded the Hackaday Prize. In addition to the prestige, they will win $150,000 and a residency at the Supplyframe DesignLab in Pasadena. Four more of the finalists will receive the other cash prizes of $25k, $10k, $10k, and $5.

Find out who will win live at the Hackaday Superconference on November 5th. The greatest hardware conference on the planet — the two-day hardware spectacular with an awesome speaker lineup, great workshops, and a fantastic community — includes the Hackaday Prize part. There’s still time to get a ticket to participate in this hardware spectacular and witness the crowning of the winner of The Hackaday Prize.

12 thoughts on “These 20 Projects Won $1000 For Assistive Technologies

  1. Not impressed with any of the finalists for this years hacker price and before someone goes and adds the obligatory can you do better the answer is yes i can and so can everyone else reading this post that agrees with me that this years entries are weak.

    1. And may I ask where are those amazing projects of yours that are so much better than any of the entries of the HAD Prize 2016? And, if you can do so much better than any of the semifinalists, why haven’t you submitted any project to the prize? I mean, if this year’s entries are so weak compared with what you can achieve, the $150000 of the first place would be yours for sure. Or are you so magnificent that 150 grand is no money for you?

  2. I am very surprised by Hackaday’s selection of the Assistive Technology finalists. First of all, many of these posts barely qualify for the finals: they either do not have videos or have enough logs (10) for the qualification. Also, some of these projects were created AFTER the deadline of August 29 for initial project submissions. The official rules for this contest explicitly states that projects created after 29th of August will NOT be permitted to enter the contest: “The Contest will open at 7:01 a.m. P.D.T. on March 14, 2016 and initial submissions will be accepted until 1:50 p.m. P.D.T. on August 29, 2016.”

    I really doubt the quality of this competition, and with this lack of regard to these rules my regard for this contest is mediocre at best. Yes it has big rewards, but is it professional? I think the answer is pretty obvious.

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