The 4th Round Hackaday Prize Focuses on Creating Human-to-Computer Interface

Published : Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | 5:43 AM

The Hackday Prize team poses for a portrait. Courtesy photo.

Hackaday, the site favored by engineers, inventors, and hardware hackers, has launched the Human-Computer Interface Challenge in conjunction with the 2018 Hackaday Prize engineering initiative, which challenges engineers, makers, and designers to build hope by building something that matters.

In a statement, Hackaday said this year’s competition, which goes through August 27, challenges participants to design and create an interface that can bridge the gap between humans and computers, make it easier to connect and communicate and make technology a more intuitive, fun, and natural activity.

Builds in this round can be visual, auditory, haptic, or other types of interfaces. Entrants must present their interfaces in action, either in controlling them or by transferring information.

Digi-Key, the fourth largest electronic component distributor in North America and a broad-line distributor of board level components, is partnering with Hackaday’s parent company Supplyframe, and Microhip, in sponsoring the competition.

“Digi-Key has always been part of the innovation cycle for small and nimble engineering teams,” said David Sandys, Digi-key’s Director of Business Ecosystem Development. “Today’s global societal challenges are being brought to the forefront through activities like the Hackaday Prize. There simply is no other contest that comes close to providing the necessary footprint and platform to tackle these problems head-on and Digi-Key is proud to be a part of the identified solutions.”

Participants in the challenge can work alone or collaborate as a team. Participants and teams are allowed to enter more than one project to be considered for the Human-Computer Interface Challenge. Entrants should submit their interface idea, supporting images, documentation logs, and at least four build logs.

The annual Hackaday Prize begins with five themed challenges which run in a non-stop series, one directly after the other. Each lasts for six weeks. The top 20 projects from each round win $1,000 and advance to the finals, with prizes from $5,000 to a $50,000 grand prize.

Winners in any of the five challenges are given the opportunity to improve on their projects and must meet the minimum Finals entry requirements to be included in the 2018 Finals.

The other round remaining is the Musical Instrument Challenge, August 27 to October 8.

On October 22, a panel of celebrity judges will evaluate 100 winning projects in the finals.

The 2018 Hackaday Prize finalists will be announced at the Hackaday Superconference in Pasadena which takes place from November 2-4.

For more information about The Hackaday Prize, including rules and requirements, visit or follow contest news on Twitter at @hackaday or #HackadayPrize.

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