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

The Firmwave 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 Axonista Design Award
(most awesome design)

• The Engineers Ireland 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 CarTrawler
(most popular vote by all judges)



Claire O’Connell – Irish Science Writer of the Year 2016. PhD cell biology, Masters science communication, journalist, contributing to The Irish Times and Silicon Republic.

Niamh Scanlon – Former EU digital girl of the year (and 7 years of Science Hack Day Dublin Judging Experience)

Elaine Burke – Managing editor of Silicon Republic & well known trouble maker.

Vicky Twomey-Lee – A Pythonista. A coder, a tech event organiser advocating diversity in tech & a cat hugger.