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Build Something That Matters: The 2016 Hackaday Prize is Here

by • March 13, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_hackadayprize_logoNow in its third year, the 2016 Hackaday Prize is back and bigger than at any time preceding. The goal, as always, is to use your skills with hardware, programming, turn it into, fabrication and science to turn it into and turn it into a thing that can lead to social alter and manufacture other people’s lives advantageous. Hackaday wants users to use their skills to find new and new ways to address problems that humanity faces, be that a technological solution to a long existing problem, or a solution to a problem cautilized by innovation. As expected of a Hackaday challenge, there are no limits to what you can turn it into, as long as the goal is to manufacture people’s lives advantageous or to solve problems that can impact people’s lives.

There can be a new technical turn it into challenge begining at any timey five weeks, every with a various theme and skillset requirement. You can begin a project on your own and do it all by yourself, revealing off your vast array of technical and engineering knowhow, or you can pick up collaborators of the Hackaday community while your project progresses. Because Hackaday is a global community of like-minded manufacturers and turn it intoers, your project’s system can be on the market for the entire world to see, and pitch in if necessary.

Build Something That Matters.

Build Something That Matters.

The initially round of the 2016 hackaday Prize begins now a days, March 14th, and ends on April 25th. The theme is The Design Concept and all that you require to enter is an thought, an image and a few documentation of the project. But the Hackaday judges are quite looking to see what precisely your project is, what you want it to do, how you intend to get there and how you can solve problems related to it along the way. You can join only by opening a Project Profile on Hackaday.io and submitting it to the 2016 Hackaday Prize.

2015 Hackaday Prize winner - The Eyedriveomatic by Patrick Joyce

2015 Hackaday Prize winner – The Eyedriveomatic by Patrick Joyce

Round two, begining April 25th and ending on May 30th, is Anything Goes, where you are encouraged to turn it into whatat any time you want, only manufacture certain that you include a fully made thought, an image, documentation and at very least four turn it into logs. Next up is Citizen Scientist, begining May 30th and ending July 11th, where you are challenged to turn it into a thing new, totally undiscovered or return it into and verify existing scientific studies. The Automation challenge begins July 11th and ends on August 22nd, and should be self-explanatory. Just turn it into a thing that does a thing instantly, be it a robot, a device or a program that automates digital actions. Finally, the Assistive Technologies challenge, begining August 22nd and ending October 3rd, encourages the createment of a project that can assist those with disabilities, whether it be to increase their mobility, improve their high end of life or just allow them additional access to the world.

At the end of every challenge, twenty projects can be selected and awarded $1000 per project. After all five rounds are conclude a total of one hundred projects can and so advance to the finals and narrowed down to the five top winners. They can be awarded $150k for initially place, $25k for 2nd place, $10k for third place, $10k for fourth place and $5k for fifth place. Additionally, initially place can obtain a coveted residency at the Supplyframe Design lab in Pasadena, California to go on to create their project additional at the say of the art manufacturerspace/hackerspace/beginup accelerator.

Star Wars-themed Open Bionics prosthetic arm.

Star Wars-themed Open Bionics prosthetic arm.

Winning a Hackaday Prize may be a life-changing event for any manufacturer, inventor or beginup, as seen by one of last year’s semi-finalists, Open Bionics. The original Open Bionics project was able-bodied to manufacture a amazingly functional bionic hand for less than a few hundred dollars, and the thought was so great that it was introduced to the Disney Accelerator Program and is now being incorporated into Disney-themed bionic arms for children. Last year’s winner in addition saw his life alter in a few big ways. His project was a device that allowed a wheelchair to be regulated by the user’s eyes. Patrick Joyce turn it intod the Eyedrivomatic, that uses specific eye movements to steer, speed up, slow down or recline a wheelchair utilized by a quadriplegic.

Here is the official Hackaday Prize challenge video:

Once all five of the challenges are wrapped up, the top one hundred projects can be sent to the tremendous judges on October 10th, and the five winners can be revealed after October 22nd. You can find the full Hackaday Prize 2016 details and requirements here, you can check out the full challenge rules here, and you can store an eye on the competition and see what other Hackaday users are submitting here. Do you have a great thought for winning the prize? Discuss in the Hackaday Prize & 3D Printing forum over at 3DPB.com.