Any current Xilinx platform can be used for the Open Hardware Design Contest. Recommended platforms include a range of Xilinx University Program supported boards from Digilent:









More about the recommended Platforms ...

Contact XUP with any questions.

2016 Edition


This year's competition has now completed. The winners will be notified, and invited to attend the prize ceremony in the Xilinx European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. 


Thank you to all participants who entered this year's competition.


To see a selection of entries, and the winning projects, please see the Open Hardware 2016 Finalists page.


For information, please contact






Xilinx 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 two project categories:

  • Embedded Design
  • Digital design

A prize of €1500 will be awarded to the best PhD, and under-graduate project in each category (4 prizes in total).


The winning participants will also receive sponsored travel to the Open Hardware awards ceremony in August 2016.


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

Open Hardware 2016

Open Hardware 2015 is run in partnership by the Xilinx University Program, the Europractice Software Service (STFC), CNFM, and Digilent