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What is the Hackaday Prize?

A global hardware design challenge focused on widespread and impactful innovation.

This year, we are asking the community to rethink and refresh familiar concepts across multiple facets of hardware. How can we communicate more effectively through different display technologies? How can supportive tech expand its reach and also bring new potential engineers into the fold? What defines a robot? In 2021, we’re challenging our community to answer these questions with their unique and capable hardware designs.

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Enter one or more of this year’s challenges for the chance to win cash prizes and move on to the finals, where our panel of judges will decide on the grand prize winner! With $25,000 on the line, and numerous other opportunities to win, there’s no reason not to enter!

Ultimately though, the Hackaday Prize isn’t about winning money. It’s about creating impactful change through the kind of hardware innovation only our amazing community can provide.

Finals 10/27-11/7
Judging 11/8-11/14
Announcement 11/19

Rethink Displays

Experiment with new display technologies or refresh older ones to help people communicate better or more effectively.

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Refresh Work-From-Home Life

Design tools or devices that make it easier to work from home, or help achieve a healthier work-life balance.

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Reimagine Supportive Tech

Create technology that acts as a better, more inclusive version of an existing device, or design beginner-friendly tech for aspiring engineers!

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Redefine Robots

Rethink robotics with this challenge, utilizing hardware to create an assistant, a companion, or something else entirely!

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Reactivate Wildcard

Have an idea that fits the theme, but not a specific challenge?

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Submit your entries to one or more of the challenges through Challenges are open for set dates throughout the year, with finalists receiving $500 and the chance to win one of the larger cash prizes.

Our panel of judges will decide on finalists and winners, but with five challenges to choose from, and mentor sessions to help inspire creativity, there are numerous opportunities to win big! Grand prize winners also receive consideration to continue developing their entry as a resident of the Supplyframe DesignLab.

Official Rules

First Place

DesignLab Residency + $25,000

Second Place


Third Place


Fourth Place


Fifth Place


Top 50 Finalists


Prize Judges

We’ve assembled a panel of experts in the fields of social innovation, engineering, design, and product development to evaluate entries and select our finalists.

Supplyframe Designlab Hackaday Prize 2021

Dr. Kitty Yeung

Senior Program Manager + Creative Technologist, Microsoft; Founder & Designer, Art by Physicist.

Kitty Yeung is a hardware engineer with a PhD in Applied Physics, who is interested in technology and making consumer products that can integrate science, art and music in order to make intellectual contributions to broader society.

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Rob Ryan-Silva

Director, DAI Maker Lab

Rob Ryan-Silva has more than 25 years of experience working on aid projects in some of the world’s most challenging environments. As Director of DAI’s Maker Lab, he builds hardware, and capacities to build hardware, in support of international development projects around the world.

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Amy Qian

Mechanical Engineer

Amy Qian is a mechanical engineer, product design engineer, and maker who delights in hands-on learning and teaching. Favorite recent non-work projects include house electrification, garden planter boxes with drip irrigation, and a ventilation system for a stealth car camper.

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Lara Grant

Designer, Educator

Lara is a designer, educator, and fabricator whose work lies at the intersection of craft and technology, often including custom interfaces and e-textiles. She's an advocate for skill-sharing, accessibility, and efforts created and supported by the community. She has taught and worked at a variety of places including, NIME, and California College of Arts. She is one of four co-organizers of eTextile Spring Break.

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Sirina Nabhan

Systems Engineer, Deep Space Network (DSN)

Sirina graduated UC Riverside with a B.S. in Electrical Engineer in 2017. Today Sirina works as a Systems Engineer for the Deep Space Network (DSN) which enables mission who visit the moon and beyond to communicate with earth. In her role Sirina translates project data needs into software architecture through the DSN. She enjoys working with other NASA centers, foreign space agencies, and Universities who build these spacecrafts. Sirina is an advocate for promoting space exploration through outreach and social events. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking and cooking.

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Ezgi Ucar

CTO, Loomia

Ezgi is the CTO at LOOMIA, a leading smart textiles and technology company based in Los Angeles, where she oversees the refinement of innovative ideas into scalable manufacturing processes. Her work in multi-sensory explorations and materials research has been featured around the world at exhibits such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Circuit Bridges Concert Series, SXSW, and Numa Paris.

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Sarah Beshir

Associate Engineer, Northrop Grumman

Sarah is a systems engineer in Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems division with experience developing system architecture models for satellite defense programs. She has an interdisciplinary background in political science, environmental science, math, and systems engineering. Hobbies include creating analytical hierarchy trade studies and sneaking vegetables into her nephews’ diet.

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Sophy Wong

Designer, Maker

Sophy Wong is a designer and maker exploring the new frontier of wearable electronics. Using digital fabrication techniques like 3D printing and laser cutting, her work highlights the intersection of technology and design for the human body. Sophy has written numerous tutorials based on her work for HackSpace Magazine, and other maker publications. She has been featured by Hackaday, Make: Magazine, Adam Savage's, and Adafruit. Sophy documents her work at and on her YouTube channel. Her book, Wearable Tech Projects, is a compilation of 30 tutorials and articles about DIY wearable tech.

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James Newton

Technical Evangelist, Haddington Dynamics, Inc.

James has worked as an Applications Engineer, Microcontroller Firmware Developer, Product Support and Development Manager for a number of products and companies. He excels at troubleshooting complex systems and providing support to users of all experience levels.

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Janelle Wellons

Instrument Operations Engineer, NASA JPL

Janelle Wellons graduated with her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an instrument operations systems engineer. Her job consists of planning, generating, and validating the commands to operate and monitor the health and safety of scientific instruments in-flight on missions such as the Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols, Sentinel-6, SWOT, and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and previously the Cassini mission.

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Robbie Nock

Director of Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice, Art Center

Robbie Nock is the Director of Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice at ArtCenter College of Design. His background spans media production, new technology and startup development. At ArtCenter, Robbie produces academic programs and provides strategic services for a global community of creatives, entrepreneurs, educators and investors.

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Helen Leigh

Head of Community, Crowd Supply

Helen is a creative technologist and author who specializes in music technologies and experimental electronics. She is the author of "The Crafty Kid’s Guide to DIY Electronics", as well as a regular hardware column for Make Magazine. Helen is Head of Community at Crowd Supply, a crowdfunding platform for open hardware.

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Andy Lin

Rehabilitation Engineer and Founder, Emerging Tech Lab at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center

Andy is an inclusive design engineer at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC) with over 25 years of experience of designing, creating and customizing technology for individuals with disabilities. He is the founder and director of the Emerging Tech Lab at RLANRC, which focuses on the research and application of new and emerging technologies (e.g. 3d printing, AR/VR, wearables) for rehabilitation and independent living. Andy developed and launched an innovative course in assistive device design at Caltech, which for several terms teamed engineering and ArtCenter product design students through support from Designmatters.

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Shah Selbe

Founder, Conservify

Shah Selbe is the founder of Conservify and a National Geographic Explorer and Fellow. He is an engineer and conservation technologist that works with communities, NGOs, and developing countries to identify and deploy technologies that can help with their greatest conservation challenges. His projects have integrated crowdsourcing, smartphone apps, drones, satellite data, and sensors to address such conservation issues as illegal poaching and the monitoring of protected areas.

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Jacob Lewallen

Principal Engineer, Conservify

Jacob has worked on the engineering teams of a number of hardware startups before joining Conservify in early 2017. At Conservify Jacob has done field and lab work that require applying and gaining knowledge to solve engineering problems of all kinds in a variety of exotic places, each with their own unique challenges. In his free time Jacob, has a voracious appetite for maker culture. He contributes to local Makerspaces and mentors his friends in software, as well as evangelizes the benefits of hand tool woodworking and traditional methods, one of his favorite hobbies.

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Leah Pillsbury

Mechanical Engineer

Leah is a mechanical engineer, embedded systems enthusiast, maker, coder, and artist. She has worked on engineering projects in cleantech, robotics, and currently health tech. Her favorite hacker projects involve puppet robots. Before retraining as an engineer, she was a diplomat at the US Department of State where she served in Tanzania, Bolivia, and Washington DC.

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Joan Horvath

Co-founder Nonscriptum LLC, Author

Joan is a recovering rocket scientist who has worked on many different aerospace and software projects. Since 2015 she has been half of makertech consultants Nonscriptum LLC. She is the coauthor of 10 books, most recently Make:Geometry, and courses for LinkedIn Learning.

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Rich Cameron

Co-founder Nonscriptum LLC, Author

Rich "Whosawhatsis" Cameron is an open source 3D printer developer, author, and maker educator. Elements of his minimalistic yet highly-functional designs can be found in most 3D printers on the market today. As part of Nonscriptum LLC, he consults on the intersection of math, science, and maker technology, and has co-authored numerous books and video courses.


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Clarissa Redwine

Fellow, NYU

Clarissa Redwine passionately supports community-driven innovation. Currently, she's studying open source hardware as a Fellow at NYU. As Senior Design and Tech Outreach Lead for Kickstarter, she guided hardware creators in successful funding campaigns, from telescope arrays to $1 microscopes. She also co-founded a hackerspace in her Texas college town that’s still humming today.

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Bruce Dominguez

Rapid Prototyping Technician, Supplyframe DesignLab

Bruce is the Rapid Prototyping Technician at Supplyframe DesignLab. Prior to this, he managed the fabrications shops at Art Center and worked at CalTech’s Mechanical Engineering Lab, where he has advised on and helped to develop numerous engineering, research, and creative projects.

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Giovanni Salinas

Product Development Engineer, Supplyframe DesignLab

Giovanni is the Product Development Engineer at Supplyframe DesignLab. He has designed and developed hundreds of products, including consumer electronics, kitchenware, and urban furniture for a number of global markets. Through his experience he has honed his expertise in rapid prototyping and DFM in a variety of materials.

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Mitch Altman

Founder & CEO, Cornfield Electronics

Mitch is the President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics, and co-founder of the Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco. He also invented TV-B-Gone, co-founded a Silicon Valley startup, pioneered VR technology, is an author and teacher, and gives talks and workshops around the world. Mitch promotes hackerspaces, open source hardware, and mentors wherever he goes.

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José Ignacio

Electrical Engineer

José is an electrical engineer currently working at a display lighting company that specializes in LCDs, LEDs and their associated drivers, metrology, and testing. He also has a strong industrial automation background.

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Kliment Yanev

Hacker & Electronics Design Consultant

Kliment is an electronics design consultant, advising customers on how to make a particular feature work with a product, and how to move on when they're stuck. He provides a similar service at hacker events, assisting makers with obstacles in their path, and showing them how to move forward with projects, even if certain elements are intimidating.