Global electronics value chain company Supplyframe has announced details of the ninth annual Hackaday Prize – a global hardware-design challenge focused on widespread and impactful innovation. This year’s competition – which will award more than US$100,000 in cash prizes, as well as a Supplyframe DesignLab residency for the overall winner – will focus on sustainability, circularity and climate-crisis resiliency.
‘This year the Hackaday Prize is putting the planet first,’ said Supplyframe CEO and founder Steve Flagg. ‘This is an opportunity for the open-source hardware community and the electronics industry to work together to drive innovation; reinforce long-term sustainability initiatives with immediate, tangible solutions; and help to create a brighter tomorrow.’
Supplyframe and Hackaday founded the Hackaday Prize in 2014. This year’s challenge invites the open-source hardware community of hundreds of thousands of designers, engineers, hackers and scientists to work within the structure of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to tackle the planet’s most pressing issues by creating hardware that drives innovation, solves difficult problems and serves to ‘hack the future’.
The challenges include: Reuse, Recycle, Revamp, aimed at facilitating the recycling of material that would otherwise end up in the waste stream; Hack it Back, which will include projects that add new capabilities to older electrical gear to extend its usefulness; Climate Resilient Communities, which will invite participants to design devices that help communities to become more resilient to weather and climate disasters; and the Save the World Wildcard, in which designs must stand apart from the other challenges and create a more promising future for all.
Among the judges for this year’s challenge are representatives from Art Center, AT&T, Conservation X Labs, Crowd Supply, Intel, MIT, Moog, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tesla, the UN, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. They will also serve as mentors for the challenge participants.
More details can be found here.