LARGE CASH PRIZES are overrated, what you need is pride in your work, the feeling of accomplishment and shiny (probably wooden) medals that say “Science” on them.  Here are the categories you can “medal up” in:

The Sponsor Data Award
(most unique, unexpected, delightful or just plain interesting use of data)

The TOG Hackerspace Best Use of a Rubber Duck Award
(best project that uses a rubber duck, exhibits the essence of a rubber duck, or is just a rubber duck)

• The we need more sponsors Hardware Award
(just plain coolest mostly-hardware-based hack)

• The sponsor Design Award
(most awesome design)

• The sponsor Education Award
(best project promoting education or can be used as an educational tool)

People’s Choice Award sponsored by Dublin Maker
(most popular vote by all attendees)

• Best in Show sponsored by Sponsor
(most popular vote by all judges)