Are you a hardware hacker? Well, listen to this: Supply Frame has issued a global challenge to designers like you! Using open-source technologies and reuse of submissions by the hardware community, The Hackaday Prize challenges you to create a world-changing design by innovation in connected devices.
These are the only simple requirements you need to meet:
You must actually build something
It must involve some type of electronics that are connected to something
Our main requirements have to do with documentation. This includes a list of parts, schematics, images, and videos. Remember, openness is a virtue.
You won’t believe this grand prize, all you designer space cadets out there. The grand prize, to our lucky and creative winner, is an all-expenses paid trip to outer space on the rocketship carrier of your choice! Really! Get ready to put your spacesuit on and connect up those oxygen hoses. Or, you can choose instead, US$196,418 in cash. There are hundreds of other prizes like team skydiving, an all-expense paid trip to the Akihabara electronics district in Japan, and essential hardware hacking tools such as milling and tooling machines and 3D printers.
The renowned judges
The judges will be:
Andrew "Bunnie" Huang, Ronin, @bunniestudios
Jack Ganssle, The Ganssle Group, ganssle.com
Joe Grand, Grand Idea Studio, @joegrand
Sprite_TM, Spritesmods.com, @SpritesMods
Limor "Ladyada" Fried, Adafruit, @adafruit
Dave Jones, eevblog.com, @eevblog
Elecia White, Logical Elegance, @logicalelegance
Ian Lesnet, Dangerous Prototypes, @dangerousproto
Preliminary submissions through Hackaday Projects are being accepted now through June 28, 2014. The Hackaday Prize welcomes entries from contestants over 13 years of age. To learn more, visit http://hackaday.io/, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive newsletter updates, or follow contest news on Twitter at @hackaday or #thehackadayprize. Watch a teaser video for the challenge below.
I really like the prize, and enjoy some hacks, but I look at the video and I look at the criteria and I ask myself the same question as I often have: Why?
Yes, the video looks like the guys had fun, but maybe criteria for the competition might also be how useful it is? What problem does it solve? Who does it help? what does it enable? How many people would want to do it themselves? I've been evaluated psychologically as a 'pragmatic idealist' (among other things:) in one of those work-related training programs. Maybe they're right...