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.

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As 2022 starts, let’s take some time to share our goals for CircuitPython in 2022. Just like past years (full summary 2019, 2020, and 2021), we’d like everyone in the CircuitPython community to contribute by posting their thoughts to some public place on the Internet. Here are a few ways to post: a video on YouTub, a post on the CircuitPython forum, a blog post on your site, a series of Tweets, a Gist on GitHub. We want to hear from you. When you post, please add #CircuitPython2022 and email to let us know about your post so we can blog it up here.

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