Mar 14, 2018 | By Tess

Attention, makers: Hackaday has launched the 2018 edition of its Hackaday Prize, a competition that invites designers, engineers, and makers from all over the world to design and build innovative projects that “Build Hope.” The challenge encourages participants to use innovative technologies at their disposal such as 3D printing and electronics.

This year marks the fifth edition of the Hackaday Prize and, like last year, the contest will be split up into five separate themed challenges, each of which will be open for a five-week period. The overall inspiration for this year’s challenge is “Build Hope,” which entails builds and projects that help to better the world and “enrich humanity” in some way.

The first part of the challenge, which launched on March 12, is the Open Hardware Design Challenge, which invites makers to submit innovative and “bold” design plans for a future project. No 3D printing will be necessary for this segment, as participants are only required to submit pictures, theory, and charts detailing the project design.

The other four contest rounds are: the Robotics Module Challenge, the Power Harvesting Challenge, the Human-Computer Interface Challenge, and the Innovative Musical Instrument Challenge.

In addition to having something cool you’ve developed recognized by Hackaday, there are over $200,000 worth of cash prizes available to winners. “The top five entries will be awarded a $50,000 Grand Prize, and $20,000, $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000 for 2nd through 5th places,” says Hackaday. “We even have some additional seed funding set aside to help early entries to get started.”

Ultimately, the Hackaday Prize is meant to showcase how technologies such as 3D printing can be used to better the world and the people that live within it—not something that alienates us from each other.

Participants will have their projects judged by an illustrious panel of experts which will include Sherry Huss, the co-creator of Maker Faire; former NASA engineer Mark Rober; and Danielle Applestone, the CEO of Bantam Tools. The Grand Prize winner and other contest finalists will be announced in November at the Hackaday Superconference.

David Sandys, a director at electronics distributor Digi-Key which is sponsoring the 2018 Hackaday Prize, said: “We're excited to partner with Hackaday for another year of challenging inventors to be curious, creative, and determined. The Hackaday Prize contest aligns with Digi-Key's vision to encourage and enable innovation in technology that will solve problems and advance civilization. With the amazing projects we've seen in previous years, we can't wait to see what the entrants create this year.”

The design challenge is also sponsored by software company SupplyFrame.



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