All participants must abide by the MLH Code of Conduct:


For judging purposes (1st/2nd/3rd only):

All criteria are weighted equally as excellence of hardware design comes from integration of all the following:

  • Idea Originality
    Is the Idea well thought-out? Is the idea understandable? Is the idea unique?


  • Hardware Technical Complexity
    Does the design incorporate more than basic passive components (LEDs, Resistors, etc)? Are complex components incorporated with purpose?


  • Technical Integration
    Do the used components fulfill the requirements of the project? Does the team know why and how the components fit together?


  • Practical Applications
    Does the project address a real-world problem or need? Is the project feasible to implement with regards to cost and manufacturing? 


  • Working Demo
    Does the demo function as intended? Is it repeatable? Are there any major bugs?


  • Presentation
    Does the team know what they are showcasing? Does the team appear to have a deep technical understanding of the project? Did the team showcase their struggles and what they have learned along the way?