The Hackaday Prize

-April 28, 2014

The Hackaday PrizeThe challenge “Openness is a virtue”

Are you a hardware hacker? Well, listen to this: Supply Frame has issued a global challenge to designers like you! Using open-sourced technologies and reuse of submissions by the hardware community, The Hackaday Prize challenges you to create a world-changing design by innovation in connected devices.


These are the only simple requirements you need to meet:

  • You must actually build something
  • It must involve some type of electronics that are connected to something
  • Our main requirements have to do with documentation. This includes a list of parts, schematics, images, and videos. Remember, Openness is a Virtue.

The prize

You won’t believe this grand prize, all you designer space cadets out there.  The grand prize, to our lucky and creative winner, is an all-expenses paid trip to outer space on the rocketship carrier of your choice!----Really! Get ready to put your spacesuit on and connect up those oxygen hoses. Or,  you can choose instead, US$196,418 in cash. There are hundreds of other prizes like team skydiving, an all-expense paid trip to the Akihabara electronics district in Japan, and essential hardware hacking tools such as milling and tooling machines and 3D printers.

The renowned judges

The judges will be:

● Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, Ronin, @bunniestudios

● Jack Ganssle, The Ganssle Group,

● Joe Grand, Grand Idea Studio, @joegrand

● Sprite_TM,, @SpritesMods

● Limor “Ladyada” Fried, Adafruit, @adafruit

● Dave Jones,, @eevblog

● Elecia White, Logical Elegance, @logicalelegance

● Ian Lesnet, Dangerous Prototypes, @dangerousproto


Preliminary submissions through Hackaday Projects are being accepted now through June 28, 2014.

The Hackaday Prize welcomes entries from contestants over 13 years of age. To learn more, visit, email  to receive newsletter updates, or follow contest news on Twitter at @hackaday or #thehackadayprize.

Watch a teaser video for the challenge below.

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