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

2019 Registration

Registration is now open. Individuals and teams of up to three can enter. 


The closing date for registrations is 28 February 2019, and entries must be submitted by 30 June 2019


Please check the competition rules and register online


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 and other cloud providers.


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 2019

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.


There are four categories for 2019:

  • PhD
  • Student
  • PYNQ
  • Compute Acceleration

The competition is open to PhD and undergraduate students in the European area. Cash prizes are awarded to the best entries in each category.