The 2020 Hackaday Prize launched today #Community @Hackaday @HackadayIO
2020 Hackaday Prize Challenges include conservation, disaster relief, humanitarian aid, and assistive devices.
Today’s toughest problems need creative solutions. The annual Hackaday Prize is a global engineering challenge, tasking members of the open source hardware community and beyond with solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges by creating things like shelters for the homeless, mobility solutions for the differently-abled, and devices to sense forest fires before they get out of control. This year, for the first time ever, the Hackaday Prize is partnering with four nonprofits, CalEarth, Field Ready, Conservation X Labs, and The United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles (UCPLA), to get innovative hardware into the hands of those who need it most.
The Hackaday community is composed of engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, and passionate makers who all share a common calling to meet the needs of the world by leveraging technology to engineer creative and actionable designs. This year, we are giving away over $200,000 to the winning entries in each category. Our nonprofit partners also receive a $10,000 donation and an open source solution to their unique challenges. The top solution will be designed for manufacture at Supplyframe’s DesignLab, produced in a limited run, and deployed in the field.
We recognize it’s difficult to secure work in uncertain times, that’s why we have created a whole new category for the 2020 Hackaday Prize: Dream Team Grants. Entrants can apply as a team or individually to participate in a two month engineering sprint that offers $3,000 microgrants for the months of June and July. This, along with twenty Community Vote awards of $500 each, make for plenty of opportunities for entrants to win.
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
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