|Hackaday Prize 2016|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Sunday, 20 March 2016|
The theme for the 2016 Hackaday Prize is "Build Something That Matters". The contest, which has a total prize pool of $300,000, is broken into five separate challenges, the first of which is already underway, but there's still plenty of time to get involved.
Each phase of the contest lasts 5 weeks and the timetable is as follows:
You can enter in any or all of these categories, using the same project for all of them if it fits the bill and you can even base your entry on a project submitted for the previous Hackaday Prizes as long as it didn't reach the Semifinal round and you create a new project page and make significant changes to it. For this reason many of the projects already entered in the Idea Slam round, look like well developed projects.
The judging criteria for the preliminary rounds are:
Twenty projects will be chosen from each of the 5 rounds to advance to the finals and awarded $1000 per project. For the finals a project needs a video that shows a working prototype and at least 10 project log updates. The project profile also needs a components list that is complete with a bill of materials for one unit, build instructions and complete schematics plus high resolution photos of the project inside and out.
A panel of expert judges will select the winning entries and award five top prizes of $150k, $25k, $10k, $10k and $5k. In addition the 1st place project will win a residency in the Supplyframe Design lab to develop their project further - Suppyframe being the company that acquired Hack A Day in 2013 and have been responsible for Hackaday.io and this contest.
Last year the Hackaday community surpassed 100,000 members and so there's likely to be plenty of interest in this contest. To encourage members to submit projects to the first round there's $4000 in seed money to be given away for projects that attract likes, up to a limit of $200 per project. Over $1000 has already been distributed - leaving almost $3000.
The contest is open world wide with the usual exceptions to those aged 18 or over and, with parental consent, to those aged 13 or over. The first step is to sign up to Hackaday.io - after which you'll be able to submit your own projects and like those of others.
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|Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 March 2016 )|