We’re Hiring

Hackaday has been expanding into all kinds of new areas. We find ourselves stretched a bit thin and it’s time to ask for help. Want to lend a hand while making some extra dough to plow back into your projects? These are work-from-home (or wherever you like) positions and we’re looking for awesome, motivated people to help guide Hackaday forward!

Contributors are hired as private contractors and paid for each post. You should have the technical expertise to understand the projects you write about, and a passion for the wide range of topics we feature. If you’re interested, please email our jobs line, and include:

  • Details about your background (education, employment, etc.) that make you a valuable addition to the team
  • Links to your blog/project posts/etc. which have been published on the Internet
  • One example post written in the voice of Hackaday. Include a banner image, at least 150 words, the link to the project, and any in-links to related and relevant Hackaday features

What are you waiting for? Ladies and Gentlemen, start your applications!

55 thoughts on “We’re Hiring

    1. Mine’s not the best either but the main problem is the real name policy. I’d do it for the love of hacks (because AFAIK the pay isn’t a big motivator here) but that policy totally kills the deal. I’d sooner post “guest articles” for no pay under a pseudonym than be paid to post under my actual name. Sorry.

  1. You forgot to report how much is the pay for the single post. Warning: “based on your capability” is not an acceptable answer, neither you must specify at least the minimum quantity of net cash for one post.

      1. They never post this, which seems quite odd. It’s also not a job either, it’s a “we pay you to write a post, here is a 1099” type arrangement anyway? I don’t quite understand it exactly. Would be nice to know what the pay is at least.

    1. Somehow it’s become the norm to not even roughly indicate what a job pays. Even though it’s not the most important metric, it shows a disconcerting lack of commitment. From a practical point of view, it’s also nice to know you’re in the same ballpark. Some figures are just not realistic at all.

  2. as a serious inquiry, how many positions are you looking to fill?
    What kind of areas are you looking to get into, or deeper into? (automotive, medical, office productivity, cad/cam, etc)

    “One example post written in the voice of Hackaday” Hackaday has many different voices if you read through the blog, which voice would you like your entires be written in?(brian, dan, mike, etc)

    Would one have to find sources for each of their posts, or do you hand them out assignment style?

    Also what kind of per article compensation are we talking about? 50 bucks? 25?

    I am an avid reader of hackaday and aside from the biological articles i enjoy the majority of the posts. I would like to submit an application but i also dont want to waste either your time or mine.

    1. “Hackaday has many different voices if you read through the blog, which voice would you like your entires be written in?”
      Misspelled words, poor grammar, Imperial units, clickbait titles…

    2. Two more contributors would be nice. We’re not looking for particular subject matters — you come with the expertise and interests you’ve got.

      “The voice of Hackaday” is kinda vague, huh? You’re writing short, intriguing pieces for a smart readership. Distilling the essence of the hack in an informal, conversational tone is the basic deal. How you want to approach that is up to you.

      Contributors get access to the tip line, but we want you to bring in your own interests too. Exercising discretion on what is/isn’t cool is part of the job, but the editors flag post ideas from time to time as well and you can pick them up.

      Writing blog posts, which ideally run around 150 words and take 45 minutes or so to write, is not going to pay your bills. We do have a sliding scale, and pay more per post when you write more per month. Still, keep your day job. Write for Hackaday in your off time b/c you love good hacks.

      Hackaday is now a million years old in Internet years, and all of our writers and staff were avid Hackaday readers before we crossed over to the dark side. It sounds like you’re interested — submit!

      1. hey Elliot, thanks for a bit more info!

        As a reader i would like to see a few more articles on the fundamentals of CAD modeling, and will probably submit my example as one of those articles.

        The voice of Hackaday was kind of a barb at some of the more click-baity articles ive read but not a serious one as i do understand why you would write one. “Distilling the essence of the hack in an informal, conversational tone is the basic deal.” is pretty much what i was looking for, just a little bit more direction in the tone and format that you would like to see. It was more of an inquest into the style of writing and tone.

        That bit on the tip line is good to know, there are a few other ideas/areas that i would like to see on hackaday, it seems like while adding another writer or two, you would also like to expand your subject base (with in the Hackaday realm of course)

        I get that it wont pay my bills and that i shouldn’t quit my day job, i was just trying to gauge the value of a post versus the value of my time. I love good hacks, but at the same point there comes the balance of writing about good hacks and actually working on good hacks in my off time.

        that being said, i will be writing up a submission this weekend for consideration. we will see where it goes. :)

      2. I agree wholeheartedly, I loved reading HackaDay and I love writing for HackaDay. It’s not about the money for me I enjoy Hacks and I like to help the community. Don’t get me wrong the cash is handy for projects and things. I didn’t even have good writing skills, I knew a good hack when I seen one but putting it into an article was difficult for me almost like a mental block that I never knew I had.
        Anyway everyone at HackaDay was supportive and I can write a lot better now I’m not perfect but I’m getting better. I suppose what I’m trying to say here is that if you put in the effort the people at hackaday will help you and guide you. They don’t just shove you in the deep end.
        A lot of that help came from you Elliot so thanks.

      1. No sadly I’m not even a nut so I can’t claim a disability either. Is not getting sarcasm and irony a social disability, perhaps then you are an ideal candidate? I’d just go and buy myself a red convertible….

  3. I’ve tipped hacadkay about 10 or so times and some of those tips made it into hackaday articles.
    And then, when hackadya started to commercialize more “they” stripped my name of the tip and put ther own on.
    That is when I stopped making suggestions, untill a few weeks ago.
    I was in the mood of promoting Sigrok. Made a bunch of posts on AVRfreaks (where it was appropriate) and I also made a comment (With screenshot) here on Hackaday.
    Guess what, 3 days later an article here about Sigrok :)

    And instead of even more “hacks” I would very much prefer higher quality.
    But I’m not interested in money.
    Guess I’ll stop whining now.

    1. “stripped my name of the tip and put ther own on.” I hope not! (And if some other writer forgot to thank you, then sorry. And if it was that Sigrok article that I wrote up recently, you have my personal apology.)

      All of our writers are/were tipsters and avid Hackaday readers. If you’re interested in contributing, send us in a submission.

  4. What about considering sporadic articles sent by users/readers? You already had the tool for that, the “Submit a Tip” form. If someone want to send an article instead of a tip, then just write a more elaborate text and add some reference links. If the HAD editors think the article worth to mention then just publish it. If such article is really cool then you either pay for it or sent a gift from the web-store, you choose!

  5. I’m seriously questioning whether HaD is worth reading of late. Brian’s 555 mouse button repeat article is ridiculous. I did NOT click on it once I saw who the author was. Anyone else I would have pointed out that any op amp would work for that application just as well. As would any number of other circuits.

    I do tend to read most of Jenny List’s and the Williams brother’s ;-) posts. But the junk level is rising rather rapidly. Once it hits nothing worthwhile in a week, I’m gone.

    In general, I’m seriously questioning whether the Internet is worth the access fee I’m paying. I’ve stopped reading a lot of sites I used to read because of the level of drool and drivel. I’m now down to the NWS forecast, the Hurricane Center, ZeroHedge and HaD. I dropped from 15 Mb/s to 3 Mb/s because the data collection links dominated the latency so much that I noticed no change in response time when I downgraded my service. That knocked $300/yr off my bill. I can do without YouTube and Netflix just fine thank you. The ads on a lot of sites manage to hang my OpenIndiana Internet access system browser so often I just quit visiting the sites.

    I’m an odd duck in many ways, from parentage (Puritans who came to the colonies in 1635 on Dad’s side to a Swedish immigrant who worked for Oscar Levant during the filming of “An American in Paris”). Mother took the job no one in New York wanted and 2 weeks later was living in Beverly Hills across the street from Gene Kelly, going to parties and swimming at the homes of Vladimir Horowitz (really nice piano by the pool), Harpo Marx and Ira Gershwin (no pool, but great parties where she met Edgar Bergen and a little girl named Candice, Judy Garland and another little girl named Liza among many others). I have a 5000+ volume technical library and 24 years of formal education. I am VERY interested in technology and what is happening, but I don’t use social media. And I’m certainly not worried about missing out on junk. Contrary to what the millenial crowd thinks, 99% of what happens doesn’t matter. So when the harvest is 99% chaff and 1% grain, it’s time to move on. I shall not miss much. True wealth is being able to ignore the subject of money with impunity. The best way to achieve that is thrift. Knocking $600/yr off my telecom bill certainly qualifies. I can buy a lot of interesting bits of stuff for that much.

    I emailed Szczys directly asking politely about rates the last time he posted “we’re hiring”, but got no response. As noted by others, there is something seriously amiss if a publisher will not state rates for new writers. I don’t actually care about the money. It’s the principle that matters. If a proposed contract makes me uncomfortable I walk away as quickly as possible. I’ve done this on proposed contracts for far more money than HaD can afford to pay for writers and damn glad I did after watching what happened to those who took the bait.

      1. There is no way my browser would handle 100+ tabs with 4GiB of RAM without a proper adblock and a blacklisting most of the RAM/CPU hungry scripts. On top of that, the comfort of having less blinking gifs and popups is totally worth it.
        But Hackaday is staying in my RSS feed for the reason that I do not know any other website about general hacking with an reasonable clickbait/interesting articles ratio. And most of the time, the comments are as interesting as the article.

    1. @reg
      I’ve read every word and agree on the majority of what you’ve said.

      p.s. Telecom bill…. I pay a total of $0.
      Grey-area and barely legal methods, i.e. A bunch of shared hotspot logins (lesser fortunate friends of better off friends, usually), A few tools… and: an unencrypted WiFi can be argued as being a public hotspot… Especially when a M$-product auto connects (unknown to the user) to them… Then why shouldn’t Linux/Unix/BSD users manually connect?
      I’ve even offered such near-by friends to part-pay towards their internet.

  6. <– had respect for HaD, but now realize that they're just getting lazy about having to scour the www for cool projects already established in a blog elsewhere and reposting here about it in usually less than 2 paragraphs. "in hackadays own voice"?! Car magazines have been like this for years. The owners of the cars have photo shoots done, with models wearing Hot Rod Mag swag, write up a page or two about the car and how it was sooo tough to cram a big block where it doesn't fit and submit it. Then a lazy editor slaps a watermark on the pics and his name on the article as if he wrote it.

    Dear Hackaday, it sure has been entertaining over the past few years with these "articles", but cut/paste/reword slightly doesn't really cut it anymore. You don't even show up in my google feed first anymore. Usually google finds relevant things for me to read on breaks DAYS before a "Very" similar hackaday post shows the same story, just different wording.

  7. I sent the requisite materials the last time they were “hiring” (Perhaps three months ago) and never even received an acknowledgment of my entry. Even though I have had at least four articles on Hackaday, have had my website for five years, and do quite a bit of original work in chemistry and related sciences. I may not have been chosen because they had no interest but a return email would have been nice. Te site is observationsblog.com and the project that I submitted was http://www.observationsblog.com/sciencetechnologyexperiments/polymer-clay-homemade-and-real

  8. I am going to have to see what the employee lounge refrigerator situation is before I throw my hat into the ring. I feel like the lack of squeezable jelly is probably why most applicants are falling through the net. It saves time so folks can get back to work and not lose train of thought on the old “spoon vs knife” conundrum. I hear that was what got Capone. Yep, the herpes and knife-spread jelly and a pimp named Octavio.
    Who won the last time several months ago?

  9. well I just might leave an idea for that article: a new range of raspberry pi Chinese competitors:
    Khadas VIM
    the cheapest one has 2gb ram, 8 of flash, wifi, bluetooth, ,the i/o looks similar to the rpi and costs about 50$/ 40 British monetary units on gearbest.
    PS: it looks like it brings an acrylic case and an usb cable.

  10. I really enjoy reading the Hakka day.com blogs and articles whilst waiting for my early morning bowel movement. I particularly enjoyed the one about radio telescopes and many of the articles are of a quality equal or better to the new scientist. Some of the articles are obviously extremely well researched but sadly I am far too lazy to do this sort of thing myself. Keep up the good work!

    1. Not to be confused with Hakkoday.com (a website for frequent users of a particular make of soldering equipment)
      or Yakkoday.com (where fans of the TV show Animaniacs get their daily fix), and certainly not to be confused with Haikudaycom!

  11. That chip on the crown line of products is right to recognise, there are a few other(a) ideas/areas that i would like to envision on hacka24-hour interval, it envisionms like while adding another(a) writer or two, you would also like to blow up your capable pedestal (with in the Hacka24-hour interval land of path)
    I go that it wont remuneration my bills and that i shouldn’t leave office my 24-hour interval occupation, i was just trying to caliber the value of a Charles William Post versus the value of my fourth dimension.
    As a lector i would like to envision a few more articles on the fundamentals of CAD moulding, and will probably relegate my illustration as one of those articles.

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