Type of site
Hackaday is a blog which publishes several articles each day about hardware and software hacks. A hack refers to modifications of a product or software as well as the creation of something entirely new for convenience, novelty, functional or creative reasons. Hackaday also has a YouTube channel where it posts projects and how-to videos.
Hackaday was founded in 2004 as a web magazine for Engadget devoted to publishing and archiving "the best hacks, mods and DIY (do it yourself) projects from around web". The Jolly Wrencher, Hackaday's logo, was designed by Phillip Torrone, the spouse of Adafruit founder Limor Fried. Torrone also wrote the first article for the website. Hackaday has since split from Engadget and is currently powered by Wordpress.com.
Hackaday.io started as a project hosting site in early 2014 under the name of Hackaday Projects to provide a hosting space for documenting hardware and software projects. It has now grown into a social network of over 350,000 members creating projects which cover a wide range of topics that appeal to the DIY mindset.
In 2014 Hackaday announced the launch of its annual Hackaday Prize providing a trip to space to the first-place winner of a contest of open design. The first place finalist, SatNOGS, opted for the prize money instead of the trip to space.
The 2015 Hackaday Prize winner announced at the Hackaday Super Conference in San Francisco, CA, on 20 November 2015. The first place project, an eye controlled wheelchair, was developed by Patrick Joyce, Steve Evans, and David Hopkinson. 2015 also saw a new Best Product category, won by Reinier van der Lee who developed Vinduino, a soil moisture monitoring system.
Hacks featured by the media
- "Hello from SupplyFrame – your new evil overlords!". Hackaday.com. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- Phillip Torrone (October 2004). "Introducing Hack A Day, the gadget hack archive". Engadget. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- Caleb Kraft. "Phillip Torrone answers your questions". Hackaday. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
- "Hack a Day". Wordpress.com. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "Introducing: Hackaday Projects". Hackaday. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- "Hackaday.io Just Passed 350,000 Members". Hackaday. Retrieved 3 Dec 2015.
- Computerworld staff (1 May 2007). "Top 15 geek blog sites". Computerworld. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
- Springmann, Alessondra (December 2009). "New Hack Gives You Droid Root Access". PC World. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- Springmann, Alessondra (October 2010). "Hack-o-Lantern: The Pumpkin With an LED Matrix". PC World. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- Jacobsson Purewal, Sarah (March 2011). "Hack: Portable NES Console Looks Fantastic!". PC World. Retrieved 15 November 2011.