Open Hardware is run in partnership by the Xilinx University Program, the Europractice Software Service (STFC), and CNFM

2018 Edition


The competition is now closed for 2018. The finalists, and winners in each category can be found on the 2018 finalists page.


Check back in the autumn for details of the next edition of the competition. 

For any questions related to the competition, please contact



Any current Xilinx platform (series 7 and later) can be used for the Open Hardware Design Contest. 


Participants can also enter using Amazon AWS EC2 F1.


XUP boards with academic discount are available from Digilent. and applications can be made to the Xilinx University Program for a donation of hardware for the competition. 














See the Platforms page for more information

Open Hardware 2018


Xilinx University Program FPGA and SOC University Design contest


The Xilinx Open Hardware Design Contest gives students the opportunity to showcase their technical and creative skills.


The competition is open to PhD and undergraduate students in the European area. 


Cash prizes are awarded to the best entries in each category.