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Hackaday Offers Trip Into Space For Best DIY Hardware

samzenpus posted about 3 months ago | from the hack-your-way-into-space dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "SupplyFrame is launching The Hackaday Prize, a challenge to create open connected devices judged by Andrew 'Bunnie' Huang, and Limor 'Ladyada' Fried, among others. The grand prize is an all-expense-paid trip to space on a carrier of your choice or $196,418 if going into space isn't your thing. 'We launched The Hackaday Prize because we want to see the next evolution of hardware happen right now, and we want it to be open,' said Mike Szczys, managing editor of Hackaday.com."

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37 comments

I'll take the $196,418 please. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46860359)

The way the Republicans are screwing over the middle class in this country, I'll take the survival money FTW.

Re:I'll take the $196,418 please. (1)

manu0601 (2221348) | about 3 months ago | (#46864843)

But what are you going to do with it? Saving on the long term has become difficult, as global capitalism now has a crisis every few years.

The Obama on ObamaCare... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46860429)

The Obama on ObamaCare...

Obama, Aug. 15, 2009: I just want to be completely clear about this; I keep on saying this but somehow folks aren't listening, if you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan. Nobody is going to force you to leave your health care plan.

The Obama, March 25, 2010: From this day forward, all of the cynics, all the naysayers, they're going to have to confront the reality of what this reform is and what it isn't.

The Obama, June 28, 2012: First, if you're one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance — this law will only make it more secure and more affordable.

--Lies, damned lies and things Democrats say.

Socialism; never mind all the dead bodies.

Re:The Obama on ObamaCare... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46861165)

Socialism; never mind all the dead bodies.

As opposed to Capitalism, where the dead bodies pile up because if you don't have enough money to pay for your healthcare, you're surplus population anyway. Or the reason you don't have enough to pay for your healthcare is the rich cocksucker who owns your company outsourced all of the jobs.

Sorry, but Capitalism leaves just as many people in its wake.

But, hey, that you've raised being a greedy asshole to a religion shouldn't stop you.

Re:The Obama on ObamaCare... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46863979)

But, hey, that you've raised being a greedy asshole to a religion shouldn't stop you.

Just like worshipping the ruling elite because they're somehow "more enlightened" than the unwashed masses who can't be trusted to see to their own needs without a Dear Leader deciding what's best for them doesn't stop you...

Re:The Obama on ObamaCare... (1)

nobuddy (952985) | about 3 months ago | (#46864449)

hint: They aren't going to pay you your shill money if the post is off topic. you are supposed to try to blend in like a dissenting opinion- not like a ham fisted Nigerian spammer.

Re:The Obama on ObamaCare... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46865203)

How about this, People would be a lot more apt to listen to the argument, if it is timely (IE if you had spent the time arguing against the ACA, Before, not after it was signed into law.) Not cliched already and something that the large portion of the nation has found out the truth about, has signed up for new health insurance and are now saving money.. and heres the important bit, the part you rolled out of bed and strolled into the boardroom without your pants on about... You might try making the argument on a site where people are "Actually still talking about Obama care and all the Republican butt hurt about it" Try foxnews.com This is a site where people are talking about a contest where the prize is a ride on spaceship 2. Here's how you can tell: the paragraph at the top.. if it is not about Obama care, it is generally going to make you look like a Teabagger idiot if you hijack the conversation to broadcast your overdue butt hurt about Obama, The rest of the country has been over it since 2008, not sure why you aren't.. God I hope you're not just parked at your computer having a "Mini-stroke" or something.. If that is the case call 911, but if it isn't stop being a troll. That is why no one listens, not because of any of your argument being right.

Take the cash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46860613)

better for your health

Re:Take the cash (3, Funny)

davester666 (731373) | about 3 months ago | (#46861115)

and they don't mention what you have to do when you get to space to be part of the return trip.

Re:Take the cash (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46861807)

Absolutely nothing, gravity gets you back.

The real question is "what do you have to do to avoid deceleration trauma"

Re:Take the cash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46861353)

Or take the cash, and wait a decade or two to see if the price comes down while investing the money.

I'll take the money, thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46860643)

I don't get the appeal of a one-time sub-orbital hop to the upper atmosphere in a tin can. OK, wow, so you can look through a porthole for 5 minutes.

I'll take the money, put it in the bank, invest in something banal and safe, and maybe work on my education. (I'm in Canada so 200k$ is for more than one semester!)

Since obviously "space" travel is going to be so cheap in the future thanks to 3D printing and the massive demand, I'll just go in space in ten years for 20k$.

2nd place prize (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46860993)

goes to the person who can pronounce the guy's last name.

Re:2nd place prize (1)

szczys (3402149) | about 3 months ago | (#46863183)

Am I eligible to win your challenge?

That'll Be a Fun Tax Bill for Some Poor Hacker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46861405)

If the winner chooses the space trip over the money, I hope they have the cash to pay the taxes... lol

Re:That'll Be a Fun Tax Bill for Some Poor Hacker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46861779)

if the winner is Canadian he wont have to pay taxes

and if i win i'm so taking the trip to space and not paying a cent in taxes \o/

100k or a life experience had by only handful of people and fulfilling a life long dream..

Re:That'll Be a Fun Tax Bill for Some Poor Hacker (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46861821)

If the prize is awarded in the US, he will have to pay US taxes.

Take the money and book a flight on a MiG in Russia. Almost as high, longer flight, you fly the plane, 25K$. Seems simple to me.

Re:That'll Be a Fun Tax Bill for Some Poor Hacker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46863751)

Yeah but even if its awarded in the US, it all comes back to us. we are not US citizens, thus the US taxes do not apply. ask any canadian who's won on a gameshow. yes the IRS is waiting for their cut, but you land back in canada, you file a few forms, and you get your money back (or debt forgiven)

No Thanks - Internet Use Required (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46861545)

Whatever you make needs to be connected to the internet in a meaningful way. That requirements cuts out a ton of really useful and interesting hardware. Example: You won't connect an easy, DIY laser bug zapper to the internet. Would it tweet each time it zapped a bug? I'd love to have a laser 'wall' that would surround my porch and keep little flying things away. A laser lawn mower would be even better! Would that need a web UI? Example: The DIY hardware for brain-controlled interfaces could really use an upgrade, but that also doesn't fit into the internet.

If they really wanted new DIY projects that could cause meaningful change in the world, they'd drop the internet requirement. With it they look like they're trying to add hardware to the data mining and social media fads.

Re:No Thanks - Internet Use Required (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46861641)

This laser lawn mower has internet access. http://grounds-mag.com/news/grounds_maintenance_youve_seen_mower/

Re:No Thanks - Internet Use Required (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46864623)

The only requirements you really have to
hit are quite simple:

        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 lists of parts, schematics, images, and videos. Remember, Openness is a Virtue.

---
please retarded AC that cant even USE the internet, go away and never come back

Re:No Thanks - Internet Use Required (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46864745)

Basic Judging Criteria
Is the entry a connected device and is that “connectedness” meaningful to the function?

They want something networked. Almost anything networked can be done over the internet as most people won't write their own networking stacks. What other connected devices are there? I don't think gluing a string to two devices will count much for making them connected.

This cracks me up (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46861637)

Give us your most awesome idea in return for $196,418 or a trip to space. Meanwhile, if your idea really is that awesome, you could patent and build it. Probably make orders of magnitude more money from it, if it really is that good.

Re:This cracks me up (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46861687)

What cracks me up is Ladyada judging other people's designs. She's just a tinkerer that leveraged her gender into re-seling eBay trinkets for a huge markup.

Re:This cracks me up (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46862495)

I like your formula for degrading the accomplishments of others! Let me try:
"What cracks me up is Obama judging other people's political careers. He's just a community organizer that leveraged his race into running for office for a huge voter turnout."

Create your own!
"What cracks me up is [person] judging other people's [accomplishment]. [Gender specific pronoun] just a [entry level job description] that leveraged [gender specific pronoun] [unusual distinguishing attribute in field] into [verb] for a huge [measure of success]."

Microsoft shill's take note: now you can perform character assassination against [technology figure-head] on a semi-automated/fully automated basis! (Enhancing shareholder value by undermining competing disruptive technologies one ad hominem argument at a time)

You can even use this formula in your own personal office politics!
"What cracks me up is Bob judging other people's work. He's just a technician that leveraged his exceptional understanding of serial protocols into reduced backlog for a huge promotion."

Re:This cracks me up (1)

freeze128 (544774) | about 3 months ago | (#46864029)

Were... were we just trolled by a perl script?

Re:This cracks me up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46865083)

You sound jelly

Re:This cracks me up (2)

GaAs+oldAce (3634631) | about 3 months ago | (#46865499)

What cracks me up is Ladyada judging other people's designs. She's just a tinkerer that leveraged her gender into re-seling eBay trinkets for a huge markup.

She does have a Masters degree in electronic engineering from MIT, rest assured that is what she is leveraging.

Re:This cracks me up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46861971)

Give us your most awesome idea in return for a chance to win $196,418 or a trip to space.

fix'd.

Re:This cracks me up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46863431)

there's nothing wrong with that its hackaday they mostly post DIY instructions and ideas what are you affraid they'll do with your idea? post it on the internet and show people? anyone who visits hackaday and would submit something already knows this and is the type of person who would post the information publicly on their own anyway

Laughable. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46861679)

Apparently, being open means giving Google your content, as youtube is a requirement.

Re:Laughable. (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 3 months ago | (#46861869)

Vimeo or nothing, thanks.

Re:Laughable. (1)

Ben Delarre (3617671) | about 3 months ago | (#46861963)

We're working on getting that changed, Vimeo will be acceptable.

fook off (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46862079)

dont want to help corproations

Best DIY website? (1)

Dan Askme (2895283) | about 3 months ago | (#46863023)

Not this one.
Iam severely short sighted. This is the only website i can read with my glasses off.
Great for when my glasses break, bad for my mouse wheel and middle finger.

The Hackaday Prize
You Build the Future. You Go to Space.

Build a terrible website, waste space and potential applications.

beauty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46866117)

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Why not Italy or Quebec? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46871587)

I dont understand why Italy and Quebec cannot participate. Any idea?

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