Hexiwear: The Do-Anything Device!

with Arm, Autodesk, MikroE and NXP

Total prize pool of $5,000+

Hexiwear: The Do-Anything Device!
Hexiwear: The Do-Anything Device!
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Other questions

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.

Free hardware application: Do I have to submit a project entry if I receive free hardware?
Yes, all free hardware recipients must submit a project entry by the contest deadline. Free hardware recipients who do not submit a project entry will become ineligible to receive free hardware in future giveaways.
Free hardware application: How many free devices are available?
100 free devices are available. One device maximum per person.
Free hardware application: How many ideas can I submit?
Each participant is allowed to submit one idea.
Free hardware application: I was notified that I was selected to receive one of free devices. When will I receive it?
We will notify you via email when free devices are shipped. If you haven't received an email yet, we haven't yet shipped it. Be aware that once you receive the initial notification, it may still be a few weeks until you receive the shipment notification.
Free hardware application: What happens if I receive free hardware and do not submit a project entry?

Participants who receive free hardware and do not submit a project may be ineligible for future giveaways unless the hardware is returned.

If you receive free hardware and become unable to submit a project, please contact us at help@hackster.io and let us know as soon as possible. We may choose to arrange for the hardware to be shipped to another participant.

Free hardware application: What kind of idea is more likely to win free hardware?
We encourage creative ideas. For instance, pet feeders and home automation systems are very common nowadays and less creative. We also encourage realistic ideas. While solving world hunger is a great goal, it may not be realistic.
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 help@hackster.io to appeal.
What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for judging, an entry must meet the following content/technical requirements:

Free Hexiwear kit:

  • You must create a free Hackster.io account and register as a participant for this contest.
  • Your original idea must be submitted via the idea form.
  • All ideas must be submitted in the English language.
  • You must make reference to the Hexiwear platform.


  • Your project must be created using the Hexiwear platform.
  • Your final project must be fully documented on Hackster per the “project” template.
  • Your final project must be submitted within the project template.
  • Your final project must consist of the following materials:
    • Images
    • Instructions
    • BOM
    • Schematics
    • Code
    • CAD

In addition:

  • your entry must be your own original work; and
  • your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and
  • you must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your entry; and
  • your entry may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless you have obtained permission to use the materials.
What are the judging criteria?

Winners are selected based on the following criteria: 

Free Hexiwear kit:

  • Presentation (20 points)
    • The way you describe and present your idea. The easier to understand, the better!
  • Demonstrated use of the Hexiwear kit (60 points)
    • Are you using Hexiwear to the full extent of its potential? Are you using it in ways never seen before?
  • Creativity (20 points)
    • Your idea doesn't have to be original, but it should be creative (a fresh take on an old idea is often worth as much as a brand new idea). 


  • Project Documentation (60 points)
    • Story/Instructions – Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or video (20 points)
    • BOM – Detail the hardware components as well as apps you used (10 points)
    • Schematics – Use software like Fritzing.org, draw your circuit diagrams, and/or take detailed photographs (10 points)
    • Code – Include working code with helpful comments (20 points)
    • Great photographs, videos, and screenshots are worth a thousand words. Ask yourself: "If I were a beginner reading this project, would I understand how to recreate it?"
  • Creativity (40 points)
    • Your idea doesn't have to be original, but it should be creative (a fresh take on an old idea is often worth as much as a brand new idea). It must relate to the Hexiwear platform.
What are the prizes?
Home Innovation
  • DJI Phantom 3 Professional Limited Edition Carbon Fiber Color Bundle Kit Includes 1 Battery and a Hard Case and Carbon Fiber Propellers Quadcopter Drone w 4K UHD Video Camera
Robotics Innovation
  • DJI Phantom 3 Professional Limited Edition Carbon Fiber Color Bundle Kit Includes 1 Battery and a Hard Case and Carbon Fiber Propellers Quadcopter Drone w 4K UHD Video Camera
Wearables Innovation
  • DJI Phantom 3 Professional Limited Edition Carbon Fiber Color Bundle Kit Includes 1 Battery and a Hard Case and Carbon Fiber Propellers Quadcopter Drone w 4K UHD Video Camera
Best use of Autodesk's Fusion 360
  • Best use of Autodesk's Fusion 360 as part of your Hexiwear design. Win one amazing SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit: Built for Top Engineering Performance
Best Developer Testimonial
  • Meet JD, a fully functional humanoid robot kit. JD boasts 16 degrees of freedom with metal gear heavy duty servo motors.
ARM mbed Design
  • Build with Hexiwear + ARM mbed and experience the lifelike thrill of virtual reality with the Oculus Rift.
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Free Hexiwear board:

  • Submit your idea by June 30, 2016
  • If you are not already a member, you will need to create a free Hackster.io account.
  • Register for the contest by clicking "Register as a participant" on the main contest page.
  • Submit your idea by clicking "Apply to receive a Hexiwear kit" and filling in the form.
  • Teams of up to 3 people are allowed.
  • Participant agrees to pay local tax at customs if applicable in order to receive the Hexiwear kit.
  • Please wait a few days while we review and moderate your idea submission.


  • Build and submit your project by August 29, 2016
  • Build your project using the Hexiwear platform.
  • Add a new project by clicking the + symbol at the top right side of the screen and follow the submission template.
  • Share detailed instructions with images in the story section
  • Share the bill of materials
  • Share the electronics schematics
  • Share the source code (optionally via Github or Bitbucket)
  • Share the CAD files


What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

May 16, 2016 at 2:17 PM PT

Applications for hardware close:

July 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM PT

Submissions close:

October 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced:

October 26, 2016

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

Winners of free devices will be announced individually by email on a rolling basis.

Contest winners will be announced on October 26, 2016. The list of winners will be visible on the main page (Contest brief).

Who is eligible to participate?

 You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

  • You are a hobbyist or professional in the field of technology development; and
    • If you are considered a minor in your place of residence, then you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this challenge.
  • You are NOT a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria; and
    • US. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
  • You are not involved in the execution or administration of this Challenge; and
  • You are not an immediate family member of (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Hackster employee; and
  • You can participate as an NXP® B.V. employee.
Can you share the Hexiwear design resources?
What IDE is used to program Hexiwear?

Kinetis Design Studio

Hexiwear is completely open source. The Kinetis Design Studio IDE is also available on MikroElektronika’s GitHub channel. You will be able to use the source code as a starting point for your own projects. The hardware design files, all the  layouts and schematics, will soon be available too.

Check the Hexiwear website for more information.

Where can I buy a Hexiwear?

You can buy through Mouser or directly from MikroElektronika's Website

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