Drones, Cat Tidbit Feeders, HyperWatch, GoKart Tank… the H…

“Build Something That Matters,” says the 2017 Hackaday Competition Summary.  And whereas the prize might go to one thing actually altering the world, entries to this point fluctuate broadly between the helpful and the – form of, in a bizarre method (sure, we’re speaking about you, “Buttwand“) – entertaining.

Hackaday.io is the group internet hosting the contest, which affords over $250ok in whole prizes.  Described as “the world’s largest collaborative hardware development community,” Hackaday offers a discussion board for hackers in every single place to discover their new concepts – and probably work with – different readers.  Launched in 2014, the Hackaday Prize is a celebration of the worth that Hackers can carry to actual world issues.

“It’s 2017. Our planet is facing climate change, overpopulation, food shortage, technology security issues, aging populations, among others,” reads the contest temporary. “We challenge you to come up with solutions to address current issues and create a better life for all of us.”

The contest is comprised of 5 completely different 5-week challenges, which run together with the “Best Product” spherical.  20 Projects might be chosen from every of the 6 rounds, and every venture will win $1,000.  The Grand Prize is $50ok, Best Product $30ok, 2nd-Fifth Place: $20ok, $15ok, $10ok, $5k respectively.  In addition, Hackaday offers $1 for each like on a venture as much as $four,000 as seed funding for the venture.

The 5 problem rounds embrace:

  • Design Your Concept (present planning for an superior construct
  • Internet of *Useful* Things (IuT ! IoT)
  • Wheels, Wings, and Walkers (construct one thing that strikes)
  • Assistive Technology (helps the sick, aged, bodily or mentally challenged)
  • Anything Goes (free for all, so long as it does social good)
  • Best Product Round

Drone producer Chris Anderson of 3DR will function one in all the judges for the Wheels, Wings and Walkers spherical.  With a few drones already in the combine – competing towards a GoKart Tank! – droners ought to put forth their concepts.  You can enter the contest right here till November 11.


Miriam McNabb is the CEO of JobForDrones, knowledgeable drone companies market, and a fascinated observer of the rising drone trade and the regulatory setting for drones. She writes for DRONELIFE on present information, monetary developments, and FAA rules. Miriam has a level from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of expertise in excessive tech gross sales and advertising and marketing for brand spanking new applied sciences.
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