BadgeLove by Hackster: The Blinkiest Badge Challenge on Earth!

Win up to $5,000+ in prizes!

This contest is over! See all the winning entries. Want more chances to win prizes? Check out our active contests.



Did I win the contest? When will I receive my prize?

If you are a winner, we will contact you directly via email to arrange the shipment of your prize.

I submitted my project but it says "Awaiting moderation". Will it affect my eligibility?
As long as you submit your project before the deadline it doesn't matter when it is moderated. Just sit back and enjoy a well deserved break!
My project is locked and I can't edit it anymore. Why is that?
All projects entered in the contest are locked after the submission deadline to ensure that they remain the same during the judging process. They are then unlocked after winners are announced.
Somebody copied my entry! What can I do?
When judging entries, we take into account the submission date. When an entry is clearly plagiarized from another, we favor the original entry. If you believe the result of the judging is unfair, please email us at to appeal.
What are the entry requirements?
  • Share any badge, new or old with full instructions
  • Provide design documentation. For example, PCB layout (native or Gerber plots), artwork, bill-of-materials, schematics, source code/firmware, and anything else you'd like to share!
  • Written explanation describing your badge’s capabilities
  • Optional video explaining what the badge does
  • Want to score extra points? Celebrate our partner Autodesk and build with Autodesk EAGLE files and Fusion 360 CAD (check out the Autodesk prize)
  • Don't want to share your complete Gerbers? Need to protect your invention? We totally understand. Share only what you feel comfortable with
  • Got add-ons? Let's see them!
  • Selling your badges? Share your links, we want to buy some!
  • Need fab help? It's all about the one and only OSH Park!
What are the prizes?
The Badge of All Badges
  • Join our BadgeLove event in San Francisco: Flights, hotel, beer, all paid.
The Badge of Hackster
  • Make the baddest, blinkiest Hackster-inspired badge to win a Typhoon H Plus drone with Intel RealSense technology + t-shirt + blog post + socks + stickers and BIG SOCIAL promotion!
The Badge of Art
  • The most intricate and artistic badge takes home one of our limited edition skateboards!
The Badge of IoT
  • All badges are born equal but the badge with the best networking capabilities, takes our socks, t-shirts and stickers! (10 are available)
The Badge of Hope
  • Share badges that support a social cause like cancer awareness and STEM to win one of our newest t-shirts. (20 are available)
The Badge of Add-On
  • Build the snappiest add-on, to make a lonely badge a happy badge to win one of our newest t-shirts. (20 are available)
Judges Choice
  • Limited Edition T-Shirt (18 are available)
What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

November 29, 2018 at 10:00 PM PT

Submissions close:

March 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced:

April 11, 2019

When will winners be announced? Where can I see the list?

Contest winners will be announced on April 11, 2019. The list of winners will be visible on the main page (Contest brief).

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