Twenty IoT Builds That Just Won $1000 In The Hackaday Prize

Today we’re excited to announce the winners of the Internet of Useful Things phase of The Hackaday Prize. The future will be connected, and this is a challenge to build devices connected to the Internet that are useful. These projects are the best the Internet of Things have to offer, and they just won $1000 each and will move on to the final round of the Hackaday Prize this fall.

Hackaday is currently hosting the greatest hardware competition on Earth. We’re giving away thousands of dollars to hardware creators to build the next great thing. Last week, we wrapped up the second of five challenges. It was all about showing a design to Build Something That Matters. Hundreds entered and began their quest to build a device to change the world.

There are still three more challenges to explore over the next few months. So far, the results have been spectacular. The winners for the Internet of Useful Things portion of the Hackaday Prize are, in no particular order:

Internet of Useful Things Hackaday Prize Finalists:


If your project didn’t make the cut, don’t worry. There’s still an opportunity for you to build the next great piece of hardware for The Hackaday Prize. Right now, we’re neck deep in a challenge to build Wheels, Wings, and Walkers. This is the third challenge for the 2017 Hackaday Prize, and we’re looking for things that move. If you think you have the chops to build something more useful than an Internet-connected toaster, get your project started.

The Wheels, Wings, and Walkers challenge runs until July 24th, after which we’ll select 20 projects to win $1000 and move onto the finals of The Hackaday Prize. From there, one project will be awarded the grand prize of $50,000 and five other top finalists will receive prizes ranging from $30,000 to $5,000.

19 thoughts on “Twenty IoT Builds That Just Won $1000 In The Hackaday Prize

  1. Three of these projects already won the first round.
    1) Are the other projects really that bad?
    2) What is the “special sauce” these three projects bring to the table that others do not?, I really hate to complain, but I would be lying if I said this was not discouraging. Why even compete in the other rounds?

    Please understand this is not a slight on the winners. Congrats to the teams that won, I am sure you put in hard work, as many others have; Just disappointed in Hackaday for not recognizing these other great projects and spreading the wealth.

    1. One reason projects get dq’ed is because they don’t have the simple qualifications of having at least 4 logs or 4 build instructions. We even contact these project owners with reminders to add more logs/instructions before the deadline. It’s unfortunate, but it’s in the rules.

  2. Congrats all! I was hoping my AGI-ESP8266 window sill garden project would be considered, but alas I am a simple derivative of multiple repositories of content.

    Also, I don’t mean to be a dick or nothing but participation trophies do not exist in tech. xD

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