This Is Your Last Chance To Design The Greatest In Open Hardware

This is the last weekend to get in on the Open Hardware Design Challenge, the first challenge of the 2018 Hackaday Prize. We’re looking for the boldest idea you can come up with. We want to see the beginnings of the next great bit of Open Hardware, and this is your chance to do it.

The Hackaday community has thrown itself into The Hackaday Prize and so far we have more than five hundred entries in the running to Build Hope and become the next great piece of Open Hardware. Next week, we’ll choose the top twenty projects to advance to the finals. Each of those twenty project will be awarded $1,000 and be in the running to win the Grand Prize of $50,000 and four other top cash prizes.

You still have time. This challenge doesn’t require a specific prototype — it’s all about great design. Demonstrate an uplifting use of technology and show a plan to build it. When you make it into the finals, you’ll have all summer to fabricate and refine your vision. This is your chance to be a hardware hero, so start your entry now.

This challenge ends at 7:00am PDT on April 23rd. We do have more challenges in store as the 2018 Hackaday Prize looks for the best in Robotics Modules, Power Harvesting, Human-Computer Interfaces, and Musical Instruments.

10 thoughts on “This Is Your Last Chance To Design The Greatest In Open Hardware

      1. I mean, I would love to have a wordpress-like editing interface to .io, would be the finest and easiest to use. Also another idea would be cross-utilization of pre-existing wordpress content to .io and .io to wordpress blogs. Makes all the sense to me.

    1. If you’re working on a computer, you should make the browser bigger (full screen). It snaps to a mobile layout around 1000px (which is a little high in my opinion). I don’t know if that helps you, but it took me a little while to realize that. The full layout is a lot easier to use and looks a lot better on a computer. I think the mobile works fine on a phone (if you’re logged in).

      1. I don’t know if they’re taking feature request :) but a nice feature for a mobile version, would be to directly take pictures and video from their phones and upload them to the projects. Making videos is a little bit of a hurdle for me, and having it builtin the site would lower the bar a little bit.

        1. I don’t mean to embarrass myself by talking too much, but the complaints above got me thinking about Hackaday.io. I think that it would be interesting if, instead of just modeling it after Instructables, like Clovis suggested, if they also looked at Instagram. I have a hard time adding video for my projects, because I think that it has to be “kickstarter” quality, but there are lots of little 10 second videos of processes that I would like to add (I just don’t have the time or expertise to make finished videos). Instagram democratizes video production because it restricts it to what you can just do with your phone. If Hackaday made a mobile app, it could become a handy tool. It could become the way we document our projects from the get go. Snap images and video with the app, and also use it for reading instructions. Then have a bigger website for your computer to write and edit your project. If they were willing to open source it, it could become a really handy tool, and there are lots of hackers with iOS and android development skills (including me), who would be willing to help.

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