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Hackaday Prize 2023

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Hackaday Prize 2023

What is the Hackaday Prize?

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

For ten years, the Hackaday Prize has offered a chance for the open source hardware community and the electronics industry to step into real global issues and engineer designs that make an impact. For this 10-year milestone, we are challenging our open source community of engineers, designers, scientists, and hackers with a set of challenges that call back to some of the most impactful themes our community has addressed over the last decade.



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 a $50,000 Grand Prize 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 our amazing community has developed over the course of the last ten years.



Submit your entries to one or more of the challenges through Hackaday.io. 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, composed of familiar faces and industry leaders, will decide on finalists and winners. With five challenges to choose from, and mentor sessions to help inspire creativity, there are numerous opportunities to win! Grand prize winners also receive consideration to continue developing their winning entry as a resident of the Supplyframe DesignLab.

Official Rules

First Place

$50,000 + Supplyframe DesignLab Residency

Second Place - $20,000
Third Place - $15,000
Fourth Place - $10,000
Fifth Place - $5,000
Sixth Place - $5,000 Protolabs Manufacturing Grant

Top 50 Finalists - $500

Official Rules


Meet Our Judges

Hackaday Prize 2023

Sherry Chen

Robotics Engineer, Chef Robotics | Founder, Nirva Labs

Deeply passionate about robotics and social impact, Sherry is an early team member at Chef Robotics, working on automation solutions to reduce the cost of fresh food for all. She's also Founder of Nirva Labs where she raises awareness about climate robotics solutions to encourage more people to join this field. She has worked on autonomous robots at Nuro and UPenn, and published a paper at the world's largest robotics conference.

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Stephen Hawes

Founder and CEO, Opulo

Stephen is an engineer and open source advocate. Over the past few years he’s been documenting the design of an open source pick-and-place machine on Youtube. In 2021 he founded Opulo to help get this type of technology into the hands of more people.

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Kavita Arora

Technical Product Manager and Founder, Makespace and Open Source Creativity

Kavita is a hacker, maker and community organizer. She is a Technical Product Manager at Baker Hughes, working on high performance computing applications. Kavita enjoys curating maker events and also runs a maker collective in Bangalore, India.

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Angel Muñoz

Creative Technologist & Physical Computing Expert, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

An accomplished creative technologist who founded his studio in 2005 to link the digital and physical worlds through open hardware. Angel collaborates with renowned organizations like Hangar, TMDC, and Fab Lab Barcelona, works on notable projects, such as The machine to be another, startups like Smart Citizen, and conducts innovation workshops for global brands including IKEA, BASF and AIRBUS.

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Prince Banini

IoT and Embedded Solutions Developer

Prince is a Skilled Embedded Systems and IoT Solutions Developer experienced in PCB design and rapid prototyping of smart electronic solutions. Organized and detail-oriented professional with more than 4 years of progressive experience in Design Thinking. Technical consultant on the European Commission funded Horizon 2020 'Wazihub' IoT and 'HUBiquitous' research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101016895.

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Nanda Riska

Director - Solutions Lab

Nanda started her career at Kopernik as an Associate Manager in the Last Mile Consulting (LMC) team. She spent two years at LMC managing and conducting research projects. Nanda continues her passion in conducting research and experimentations in the Solutions Lab team as the Director. Her research highlights rural education and employment in Aceh's rural areas.

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Eduardo Contreras

Electronics Engineer, Co-Founder & CTO Electronic Cats

Eduardo is passionate about technological development and science. He is the co-founder and CTO of Electronic Cats, a company which develops different embedded systems that are focused on education and security.

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Pilar Hernández Grageda

Director of Design and Innovation degree at Universidad Panamericana

Pilar is a second year PhD student and the Director of Design and Innovation degree at Universidad Panamericana, She holds a ​​bachelor’s degree in Design Engineering with a master’s degree in Ergonomics. Her interests are in user-product interaction, user experience, systems design, and developing new business strategies with creative thinking.

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Alex Whittemore

Senior Avionics Engineer, Impulse Space

Alex is a consummate maker who has spent time in all major engineering disciplines, with the goal of realizing novel electronics prototypes. Today, engineering has taken him to the realm of space, designing avionics for satellites and on-orbit spacecraft services.

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Angelica Tavella

Physical Interaction Designer and Music Producer

Angelica Tavella is a physical interaction designer and music producer based in Berlin, Germany. She writes and records experimental pop music under the moniker Tavella and works on hardware at the music technology company Ableton. Her work bends between the topics of healthy human interaction with technology, sustainable hardware design, and empowerment through collaborative co-design.

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Eric Pan

Founder and CEO, Seeed Studio

Founder of Seeed Studio and Chaihuo makerspace, Producer of Maker Faire Shenzhen. He endeavors to integrate the latest AI/blockchain/IoT technology and supply chain resources to create an open platform for global developers. Since 2008, Seeed has been empowering millions of developers in over 200 countries to turn ideas into prototypes and advanced perception systems.

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Tom Thoen

Professor, Pasadena City College | Founder Evergreen Engineering

Tom Thoen is a full-time professor at Pasadena City College where he introduces students to the world of Electronics including PCB design, robotics, and coding. In a former life he designed high performance robotic systems for all sorts of unique industrial applications. He is a devoted hobbyist, inventor, and loves the history of electronics from the 60's through today.

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Jordi Pakey- Rodriguez

Electrical Design Engineer, Ouster

Jordi is an Electrical Engineer based in San Francisco, CA. He started out working on autonomous trucking, and now designs digital Lidar for Ouster. He is a long-time reader of Hackaday, and is excited to support open source solutions to some of the world's biggest challenges.