Not Impossible Awards

Honoring the work and stories of those who transform lives with purpose driven technology for the sake of humanity.
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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?

To be eligible for judging, you must meet ALL of the following requirements unless otherwise stated:

General Requirements

  • You must be registered as a participant for this contest.
  • Your entry must be your own original work.
  • Your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other Hackster contest.

Hardware/Software Build Requirements

  • Your project must have both a hardware and software component.
  • Your project must solve a problem that addresses humanitarian problems.

Project Documentation Requirements

  • Your project must include a project name, short project description, cover image, bill of materials (BOM), full instructions, images, and relevant resource files (schematics, code, CAD).
  • Your project must be written in English.
What are the judging criteria?

Winner selection is based on excellence in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Execution, Impact and Creativity. These criteria are meant to encompass the ever-evolving meaning of "innovation" and act as a guideline for applicants and judges alike. We believe these guidelines create an equitable, evaluation criteria that allows for a thorough and creative assessment of each candidate.

CONCEPT: Opportunity, Intent, Innovation and Implementation

We are interested in projects that identify absurdities in the world and work to address them through out-of-the-box approaches that can lead to new markets or industries. With your help, we want to understand the journey you and your team are on to develop, innovate, prototype and implement your solution.

VALUE: Need, Feasibility and Accessibility

We are looking for individuals and companies who have taken actionable steps to create disruptive technological solutions with the intent to solve issues of inability and inaccessibility. We want to understand what need your product addresses and in what ways it provides a solution or separates itself from existing solutions.

EXECUTION: Audience, Reception and Accomplishments

We find the greatest value in knowing our audience and take pride in our ability to communicate with them in inspiring and impactful ways. We want to fully understand the message and story behind your innovation. Who are your consumers and what are some notable ways they have reacted to and/or engaged with your product? If your product hasn’t launched, what is your innovation's value proposition and how do you hope your product will be received?

IMPACT: Data, Scalability and Potential

Not Impossible works with experts from across all industries and skill sets to build meaningful and viable progress towards making a larger impact. Help us understand the potential of your innovation's current and future impact on society and the world through examples of story and data.

CREATIVITY: Originality, Character and Story

Not Impossible's "Help one. Help many." philosophy has manifested in our signature ability to reach and impact people at large with the way we tell the stories of the people we support. In addition to concrete examples of your work, we want you to be bold and share your failures along with your successes as well the turning points and crises you experienced along your journey.

What are the prizes?
  • Documentary and Collaboration
  • Documentary and Collaboration
Adaptive and Accessibility
  • Documentary and Collaboration
Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Documentary and Collaboration
The Wildcard
  • Documentary and Collaboration
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Step 1: Register for the Contest

  • Start by creating a free account on (or sign-in if already a member).
  • Register for the contest by clicking “Register as a participant”.

Step 2: Build and Document Your Project

  • Build your project according to the submission requirements.
  • Document your project build using Hackster’s project template. To create a new project, click “create new project” on the contest page or the “+” symbol in the top right corner of your Hackster page.

Step 3: Review and submit your project

  • Review your project and make sure it meets all the submission requirements.
  • Upload a previously created project by clicking “add existing project” on the contest page.
  • Submit your project by Mar 11, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT by clicking “review and submit project” on the contest page.
What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

December 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM PT

Submissions close:

March 11, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced:

March 31, 2019

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

Contest winners will be announced on March 31, 2019. The list of winners will be visible on the main page (Contest brief).

Who is eligible to participate?

You must be 18 years or older and resident of the United States during the time of submission. Winners must be able to attend the Not Impossible Awards Show and be available for film production. Winners must execute a media, marketing and photo release. The decisions of the selection committee are final.

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