The challengeWelcome to the 2021 China-US Young Maker Competition
Hackster is hosting the 2021 US-based semi-final China-US Young Maker Competition!
Finalists can win up to $15,000 for a grand prize, three chances at $7,500, or six chances at $5,000!
Do you have an idea that would make a more sustainable, efficient, and interconnected tomorrow? We are calling upon innovative US and China makers to submit projects focusing on community development, education, environmental protection, health & fitness, energy, transportation, or other areas of sustainable development.
Choose to compete in one of these suggested categories or use your imagination to create something unique with many prizes to win!
Semi-Finals: Projects from any topic can be submitted to this contest and qualify for over 21 chances to win prizes.
- 10 Grand Prize winners will receive $500 gift cards to improve their projects and be invited to join the Finals.
- There are 11 additional chances to win Google prizes by submitting your project to this platform by Jul 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT!
Finals: The top ten projects selected from this contest will be invited to join the final competition (VIRTUAL), organized by the China Ministry of Education, held around mid August. Finalists can win up to $15,000 for a grand prize, three chances at $7,500, or six chances at $5,000!No restrictions on hardware or technology
Projects will be awarded points on their ability to solve an important social or livelihood problem, demonstrating effective problem solving, technical efficiency and the ability to scale economically.Are you a Chinese-based innovator?
Submit your idea to the Chinese competition site for a chance to head to the finals!
Grand Prize - US Based Project
Along with $500 cash towards enhancing your project for the final competition, the top 10 teams are invited to virtually compete against the Chinese finalists for a chance to win bigger cash prizes in August!
Judges Choice - US Based Project
The project that impress our judges the most in the US based semi-final competition.
Runner Up - US Based Project
High quality projects that stand out will be awarded a Google Coral Dev Board.
Early Bird - US Based Project
Don’t procrastinate! Submit your project before the deadline and win Hackster swag. You’ll be able to make small tweaks to your project up to the final deadline.
Custom Hackster T-Shirt, Pin, Socks and Stickers!
*T-shirt designs may differ.
Hackster Impact Prize
Join Hackster as we rally with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to make today's world a smarter, healthier place. The Hackster team will select five projects that best contribute to any of the SDGs. Please refer to the specific judging criteria for this prize category.
The winner will receive the following:
- a $250 gift card;
- a 12-month subscription to Patchr Premium ($180 value);
- last but not least, they will be featured in a video interview with Hackster’s one and only Alex Glow.
Please visit the Hackster Impact Prize page for more information.
Senior Program Manager at the Google Coral team
Bill is responsible for managing developer outreach and partner engagement programs, as well as promoting AI innovations using AIY and Coral products. Bill has been working in the high-tech industry in the U.S. for 34 years, organized many technology trainings for developers, built many GDG communities, and also a frequent speaker at many technology conferences.Aaron Cunningham
Technical Program Manager, Google Open Source Hardware team
Aaron leads open source hardware strategy at Google. He also manages a network of 60 makerspaces in Google offices around the world, where Googlers can put these practices into action to drive innovation.Hackster Team
Contest Administrators and Community Moderators
Team members at Hackster together have an extensive industry experience and knowledge in the field of hardware innovation. Each team member will independently score and evaluate project submissions and then meet as a group to discuss results. The resulting scores will be compiled to identify the projects we think are most unique and creative.
Use the discussion forum to ask, answer, and discuss questions!China-US Young Maker Competition TimelineChina-US Young Maker Competition Stages
Stage 1: Individuals/teams must submit projects to this contest page for judging. The top 10 US individuals/teams will be selected for the next stage.
Stage 2: From Jul 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT to mid-August, selected individuals/teams will refine their projects.
Stage 3: Selected individuals/teams will join the final competition (VIRTUAL) in mid August.Previous China-US Young Maker CompetitionsTestimonials from previous contest winners
- "The US-China Young Maker Competition was an incredible chance to present my project to an international audience and interact with the best and brightest people in China. I met US/Chinese diplomats, students from Chinese universities, and makers from all across the United States!"- Alex Wulff (Finalist)
- "If you have a brilliant idea, just go for it. Keep in mind that this is a big event and you need to push your limits. But in the end you will enjoy the journey and experience something special." - Contest Finalist
- "It was the biggest event in my life. Never thought I would present my project to so many honorable judges." - Contest Finalist
In addition to the official project rules there are additional guidelines about the content of your submissions that are required for participation:
- Projects that utilize personal information such as: Affective computing, Biometric information or applications, Categorizing people, Children, Eye analysis, Face analysis and synthesis, Human body analysis, Personally identifiable information, is excluded from participating in this Competition.
- Project submissions must be current and published within the current calendar year (2021). Submissions with a published date prior to 2021 will be excluded from participating in this Competition.
Host: China Ministry of Education
- Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (affiliated to China Ministry of Education to provide service to promote scholarly exchange between China and other parts of the world)
- Tsinghua University (Established in 1911 as one of the leading universities in China)
- Beijing Gehua Cultural Development Group (Established in 1997, a large state-owned cultural enterprise based in Beijing)
- China University Science and Technology Park Alliance
- Google Information Technology (China) Company Limited (sponsor)
- Google Coral Team
Administrator for US contest: Hackster.io
Gain reputation points!
Earn reputation points for participating in this contest:
- Submit a project entry: 10 points
- Submit a project entry 30 days before the deadline: 50 points
- Be among the first 10 to submit a project entry: 50 points
- Your submitted project entry wins the contest: 250 points
April 8, 2021 at 12:00PM PT
July 1, 2021 at 11:59PM PT
Winners announced by
Jul 14, 2021