The 2017 Hackaday Prize Announces Its Fifth and Final Round, Anything Goes
Challenge without strict guidelines focuses on projects that better humanity and the world.
PASADENA, Calif., September 5, 2017 (Newswire.com) - Hackaday, the most popular website read by engineers, makers, and inventors, that celebrates hardware hacks, launches Anything Goes, the final round of the 2017 Hackaday Prize global engineering initiative.
Hackaday encourages participants to build something that resonates and is meaningful to them, as well as benefits humans or the world we live in. Project ideas are vast, ranging from open source ultrasound imaging to Pressure Relief Indicator System for wheelchair users. The Anything Goes round does not set strict guidelines for project entries, allowing creative freedom to participants. The round continues through Oct. 16.
Participants can work alone or collaborate as a team. Twenty projects are selected from the Anything Goes round, are awarded $1,000 per project, and move on to the finals of the Hackaday Prize where grand prizes range from $5,000 to $50,000.
Creating for social change is about the spirit of innovating and constantly moving towards a solution and always improving to make a better, faster, functional, iteration. The Hackaday team seeks to drive makers and hackers to use hardware and programming knowledge on top of scientific, design, and mechanical skills to make an impact on people's lives.
The other rounds are Design Your Concept (Mar. 20-May 1), Best Product (Mar. 20-July 24), Internet of Useful Things (May 1-June 12), Wheels, Wings, and Walkers (June 12-July 24), and Assistive Technologies (July 24-Sept. 4). At the end of six rounds, 120 projects will advance to the finals, where six top prizes will be awarded. $250,000 in prizes are awarded to the most innovative and impactful open source projects over the course of the six technical challenges.
Past Anything Goes finalists have included a pocket-sized digital radio system for times of natural disasters, cube satellite tracking system, and a refreshable braille display for the blind.
The 2017 Hackaday Prize is sponsored by Digi-Key, Supplyframe, Microchip, and Texas Instruments.