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


Participants can also enter using Amazon AWS EC2 F1, Nimbix, and other cloud providers.


XUP boards with academic discount are available from TUL, and 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 2020

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 Open Hardware 2020 

  • PhD student level
  • Under-graduate student level 
  • Compute Acceleration 
  • PYNQ - projects based on the PYNQ platform

A €1,500 cash prize will be awarded to the best entries in each category.


The best entry in the compute acceleration category will also win an Alveo or equivalent board for their university.  







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

2020 edition key information

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


Individuals or teams of up to three people can enter.


Participants must register their entry by 28 February 2020, and final projects must be submitted by 30 June 2020


Winners will also receive sponsored travel to the awards ceremony.

Please see the registration page for details on how to enter.


Visit the 2019 Finalist page for details of the winners and previous year's best entries.


For any questions related to the competition, please contact